Dr. Rene Ruiz Dissertation Award in the Department of CEP

Dr. Rene A. Ruiz began his teaching career as a lecturer and then assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kansas. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona as an associate professor. He later taught at the University of Missouri. His last academic position was as a full professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at New Mexico State University, where he eventually served as Chair. From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Ruiz was a visiting scholar at the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ruiz was a member of numerous state and national organizations, including the APA. He was also instrumental in the creation of the National Hispanic Psychological Association. During his career, he published more than 60 book chapters and research articles. He co-authored two books, Latino Mental Health (1973) and Chicano Aging and Mental Health (1981). The former reviewed all research conducted with Latina/os up until the period in history, and inspired many young Chicana/o psychologists to fill the gaps that he identified.

The life and professional contributions of Rene A. Ruiz are remembered by family, friends, and colleagues. Ruiz’s trailblazing work on Hispanic issues in counseling and psychology places him among the ranks of the true pioneers in the field. His career as a counselor, teacher, writer, and researcher spanned three decades prior to his untimely death in 1982. His death was unexpected as he was in good health. With his death, his friends have lost a witty and charming man of high ideals and moral integrity.


Class Level: Doctoral
Required Major: CEP
Other requirements: Dissertation must be related to Hispanic mental health issues in any area of psychology. FACULTY NOMINATED