School of Professional Psychology Faculty

Ruth Zuniga, PhD

Assistant Professor, Director of Latino Billingual Track
PsyD Clinical Program
School of Professional Psychology
Pacific University

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. 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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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 analysis. 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Public Health Association. San Francisco, CA.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.

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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, MI.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.
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, AK.

 

Ruth Zuniga, PhD

School of Professional Psychology
Pacific University HPC2
190 SE 8th Avenue, Suite 260
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
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Email: RZuniga@pacificu.edu