Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) news

CSES welcomes its newest board members

The committee identifies and acts as a catalyst in the association’s efforts to address issues of socioeconomic status (SES) and promote appropriate attention to SES in psychological research and practice. In executing this charge, the committee prepares a call for nominations each year to identify candidates that are willing to serve in executing the mission of the committee.

In 2012, that call to serve was answered by Drs. Dionne Jones and John Ruiz. The new members of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status will serve from Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015. Please join the CSES and its office in welcoming its newest thought leaders, and thanking them for their willingness to serve the committee in promoting psychology’s contribution to the understanding of SES.

Dionne Jones, PhDDionne Jones, PhD (term 2013-2015) 
Dionne J. Jones, Ph.D. is deputy chief of the Services Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Services & Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH). She manages a grant portfolio that focuses on women, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice and health disparities. She plans and organizes meetings and panel presentations on various topics, including health disparities and intervention strategies for women at risk for HIV, and was guest editor for supplemental issues of Public Health Reports (2002) and the Journal of Urban Health (2005).

Previously, Dr. Jones held administrative and research positions at nonprofit and for profit organizations, including the National Urban League, Howard University, The Lewin Group, and Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. She was also managing editor of The Urban League Review, a policy research journal of the National Urban League. She has published journal articles, book chapters and a monograph in a number of public health-related areas. 

John Ruiz, PhDJohn Ruiz, PhD (term 2013-2015)
Dr. John M. Ruiz is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas where he is on the program faculty of both the Clinical Health Psychology and Experimental Psychology training programs. Ruiz is active within Division 38 (Health Psychology), previously as a member of the Health Disparities Committee and currently serving a second term as the chair of the Division 38 Diversity Council. Ruiz is also on the editorial boards of several behavioral medicine journals (Health Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine; associate editor), is a member of the American Psychosomatic Society’s Executive Board and Programming Committee, and reviews federal grants as a member of the NIH Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) study section. Dr. Ruiz’s NIH-funded research examines relationships between individual level psychosocial factors, social behaviors and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk with an emphasis on biobehavioral mechanisms. In addition, he applies an interpersonal approach to understanding the role of psychosocial factors as risk and resilience influences in health disparities, particularly the epidemiological phenomenon referred to as the Hispanic Paradox.