Dr. Ruiz joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2015 as an associate professor of kinesiology, having previously served at Huntington University (Indiana) from 2006-2015. He currently is the director of graduate studies in Exercise & Nutrition Science.
He earned a B.S. degree in athletic training & exercise science from Lipscomb University, an M.S. degree in exercise science & sport studies with a concentration in sport & exercise psychology from Springfield College (Massachusetts), a Ph.D. in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport & exercise psychology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in leadership from Lipscomb.
Dr. Ruiz has conducted applied sport psychology consultation since 2001 with coaches, athletes, parents/family of athletes, sport medicine professionals, sport teams, exercise participants & leaders, and business & academic professionals on topics such as anxiety & arousal management, communication, concentration, confidence, conflict management, decision-making skills, goal setting, imagery, leadership, peak performance & flow, performance enhancement, feedback, positive reinforcement, staleness & burnout, psychology of injury/rehabilitation, motivation, relaxation, stress management, team building & cohesion, and teamwork.
His research interests include the effect of positive emotion on physical activity performance, exercise adherence, and the relationship between Christianity and sport. Dr. Ruiz has presented papers at conferences around the country and internationally, recently presenting at the Inaugural Congress on Sport and Christianity at York St. John University in York, United Kingdom on the psychotheology of losing and participating in a symposium entitled The Effects of Religiousness and Spirituality in High Pressure Contexts – Poverty, Prejudice, and Performance at the APA Convention in San Francisco.
Dr. Ruiz is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology (APA Division 47), Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the Christian Society of Kinesiology, Leisure & Sport Studies, where he served as president from 2015-2017.