Ruth Zuniga, PhD

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Phone Number: 
503-352-3615

Education

PhD, Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural and Indigenous Emphasis Joint Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks-University of Alaska Anchorage, 2013

MS, Counseling and Human Services: Community and Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Idaho, 2006

BS, Psychology, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, 2003

Roles and Interests

Assistant Professor, Director & Core Faculty of the Latino Bilingual Track

Instructor of Program Evaluation

Interests: Integrated health care, cross-cultural and Latino psychology, multicultural competency and mental health seeking behaviors

Professional Membership

American Psychological Association

National Latino Psychological Association

Recent Publications (2008-present)

Woods, T., Zúñiga, R., & David, E. J. R. (2012). "A Preliminary Report on the Relationships Between Historical Trauma, Collective Self-Esteem, and Mental Health among Alaska Native Peoples" in: Journal of Indigenous Research, 2, Article 1

Lewis, J., Woods, T. M., Zúñiga, R., & David, E. J. R. (2011). The Indigenous Peoples of Alaska: Appreciating the Role of Elders in Shifting Toward a Strength-Based and Culturally-Appropriate Approach to Mental Health. Communiqué, August, XXIII-XXVII

Zúñiga, R., & Fischer, J. (2010). Relationship between emotional intelligence and attitudes toward people with disabilities: Two cultures comparison. Applied Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 41, 1, 12-18

Selected Presentations

Zúñiga, R. (2013, August). "Group medical visits: A culturally-responsive model of diabetes care for Alaska Native communities," six hour training for the Alaska Special Diabetes Programs for Indians. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., & Heyne, L. (2013, January). "Breaking isolation, and healing through culturally- responsive group psychotherapy," oral presentation to the 2013 Alaska Public Health Summit. Anchorage, Alaska

Tanner, R., Zúñiga, R., King, D., & Romanik, S. (2013, January). "Integrating e-health interventions into diabetes care," panel discussion to the 2013 Alaska Public Health Summit. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R. (2013, January). "Group medical visits and diabetes related outcomes," oral presentation to Resident Physicians at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., & Heyne, L. (2012, December). "Nosotros: A conversation about culturally responsive services to Hispanic patients," moderated discussion between patients and physicians at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Chip. C., Zuniga, R., Dewane, S., Brems, C., & Johnson, M. (2012, October). "University students' and administrators' perceptions of supports and barriers to healthy living at college: A qualitative analysi," 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Public Health Association. San Francisco, Calif.

Zúñiga, R. (2012, October). "Intimate partner violence: Supporting your patients through screening, assessment, and management," didactic training presented to family medicine residents, faculty, and staff at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., & Dulin, P. (2012, May). "Enhancing patients’ self-management through group medical visits for diabetes care," oral presentation at the 7th Annual Biomedical Research Conference. Fairbanks, Alaska

Zúñiga, R. (2012, February). "Self-management: Why it works?" Didactic training presented to family medicine residents, faculty, and staff at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., Vail, A., & Lopes, V. (2011, December). "The Hispanic culture of Alaska: A culturally driven discussion among Hispanic patients and intern physicians," moderated discussion between patients and physicians at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Dewane, S., & Zúñiga, R. (2011, November). "Motivational Interviewing: Using MI skills to improve children’s health by addressing family tobacco use," training to health professionals of the Neonatal Intense Care Unit of Providence Alaska Medical Center. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R. (2010, December). "Working with Hispanic patients: Using cultural values on treatment," oral presentation to Resident Physicians and faculty at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R. (2010, December). "Group medical visits: A model of Patient-centered Medical Home," oral presentation to Resident Physicians at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Woods, T., Zúñiga, R., & David, E.J. R (2010, June). "Relationship between collective self-Esteem, historical trauma and mental health help seeking behaviors amongst Alaska Native People" poster presented at the First Annual Conference of the APA Division 45th. University of Michigan, Mich.

Zúñiga, R., Pastorino, R., & Doty, B. (2010, April). "Yes, we can! Shifting gears to an integrative behavioral patient-centered health care model," oral presentation at the 43rd Annual International Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Vancouver, Canada

Zúñiga, R. (2009, December). "Rewards and challenges of working with Latino patients," oral presentation to Resident Physicians at the Transcultural Medicine Training of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency. Anchorage, Alaska

Woods, T., & Zúñiga, R. (2009, November). "Journey of culturally responsive research: Rewards and challenges of conducting research with Alaska Native communities," oral presentation at the statewide conference: Magnifying Excellence through Evidence Based Practices and Research. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., & Woods, T. (2009, November). "Healing and mental health symposia: Mental health seeking amongst Alaska Native People," oral presentation at the statewide conference: Magnifying Excellence through Evidence Based Practices and Research. Anchorage, Alaska

Dewane, S., Zúñiga, R., Cress, V., & Pastorino, R. (2009, September). "Behavioral health counseling intern program," oral presentation at the Alaska’s Workforce Development Conference. Anchorage, Alaska

Zúñiga, R., Woods, T., & David, E. J. R. (2009, August). "Mental health help-seeking behaviors and attitudes amongst Alaska Native Peoples" poster presented at the 117th Annual International Meeting of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, Canada

Ashford, R., Sena, M., Woods, T., & Zúñiga, R. (2009, April). "Designing instruments to evaluate a program on increasing Native boys’ educational achievement" oral presentation at the Annual Graduate Studies and Research Summit. University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska

Office Location: 
Health Professions Building 2 292