The BMRC are leading researchers in the field of behavioral medicine. Members of the four constituent organizations can contribute to the BMRC by joining writing groups and serving as advisors to current board members.
LONG-TERM INVESTORS OF INNOVATION
The combined expertise of the council members allows the BMRC to evaluate basic, clinical, and public health research needs and develop research aims to advance the science and practice of behavioral medicine.
John Ruiz, PhD
John M. Ruiz is an associate professor in the Clinical Psychology Program and director of the Health Psychology Track at the University of Arizona. He also serves as the current chair of diversity efforts within the Department of Psychology. Dr. Ruiz’s work examines how our social lives influence our physical health. Within this broad area, his particular focus on two key issues: (1) the connection between personality, relationships, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and the underlying biobehavioral mechanisms; and (2) racial/ethnic health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Mortality Paradox. Dr. Ruiz serves on the editorial boards of several journals (Journal of Latinx Psychology, Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine), the American Psychosomatic Society, and American Psychological Association’s Division 38 (Health Psychology); is the chair-elect for American Psychological Association’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES); and is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health’s Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study section.