The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz

Dr. Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz completed her BA and MA in clinical psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and her PhD in differential psychology was conducted mainly at the Institute of Education and the University College of London (UCL), and presented at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She graduated with unanimous Summa Cum Laude with European mention.

Dr. Sanchez-Ruiz joined the Lebanese American University as an assistant professor of psychology in 2010 and became an associate professor in 2016. She has worked extensively with the trait emotional intelligence program at UCL, where she was recently appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Associate for her sabbatical year.

The focus of her work is in the area of personality and individual differences. She has published empirical work in reputable and indexed journals in psychology, as well as chapters on creativity, and particularly trait emotional intelligence. Some of her papers have been widely cited (e.g., “Developments in trait emotional intelligence research” published in Emotion Review, Q1). In addition, she is a regular peer-reviewer of reputable journals in psychology such as Personality and Individual Differences (Q1), and consistently disseminates her research findings at the conferences organized by the International Study of Individual Differences (ISSID).

Dr. Sanchez-Ruiz is currently working on a number of projects involving the training of adolescents and adults in emotional competencies. She is also interested in the study of the interface between cognition and emotion through correlational and experimental methods.

Selected publications (last five years)

  1. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (expected 2020). Creativity.  In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief) & A. Di Fabio, D. H. Saklofske, & C. Stough (Vol. Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. III. Personality processes and individual differences. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  2. Sanchez Ruiz, M. J., & El-Khoury, J. (2019). A Model of Academic, Personality and Emotion-Related Predictors of University Academic Performance. Frontiers in Psychology10, 2435. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02435.
  3. Gillespie-Lynch, K., Daou, N., Sanchez-Ruiz, M.J., Kapp, S. K., Obeid, R., Brooks, P. J., … Abi-Habib, R. (2019). Factors underlying cross-cultural differences in stigma toward autism among college students in Lebanon and the United States. Autism, 23(8), 1993-2006. doi:10.1177/1362361318823550.
  4.  Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El-Jor, C., Kharma, J. A., Bassil, M., & Zeeni, N. (2019). Personality, emotion-related variables, and media pressure predict eating disorders via disordered eating in Lebanese university students. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity24(2), 313-322. DOI: 10.1007/s40519-017-0387-8.
  5. Zeeni, N., Doumit, R., Abi Kharma, J., & Sanchez‐Ruiz, M. J. (2018). Media, Technology Use, and Attitudes: Associations with Physical and Mental Well‐Being in Youth With Implications for Evidence‐Based Practice. Worldviews on Evidence‐Based Nursing, 15(4), 304-F312. DOI: 10.1111/wvn.12298.
  6. Petrides, K. V., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Siegling, A. B., Saklofske, D. H., & Mavroveli, S. (2018). Emotional intelligence as personality: Measurement and role of trait emotional intelligence in educational contexts. In Emotional Intelligence in Education, 49-81. Springer, Cham. DOI:  10.1007/978-3-319-90633-1_3.
  7. Doumit, R., Kharma, J. A., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Zeeni, N. (2018). Predictors of disordered eating in young males. Community mental health journal54(2), 236-244. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-017-0163-2
  8. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Baaklini, A. (2018). Individual and social correlates of aggressive behavior in Lebanese undergraduates: The role of trait emotional intelligence. The Journal of Social Psychology158(3), 350-360. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1353476.
  9. Mansour, A. M., Koaik, M., Lima, L. H., Casella, A. M. B., Uwaydat, S. H., Shahin, M., Tamin, H., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J… & Dodwell, D. (2017). Physiologic and Psychologic Risk Factors in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. Ophthalmology Retina,1(6), 497-507. DOI: 10.1016/j.oret.2017.02.009.
  10. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2017). Stress and Creativity. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.06281-7.
  11. Romo, M., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Alfonso-Benlliure, V. (2017). Creatividad y personalidad a través de dominios: una revisión crítica. Anuario de Psicología, 47(2), 57-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.anpsic.2017.04.003.
  12. Doumit, R., Zeeni, N., Sanchez Ruiz, M. J., & Khazen, G. (2016). Anxiety as a moderator of the relationship between body image and restrained eating. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 52(4), 254-264. DOI: 10.1111/ppc.12126.
  13. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El Khoury, J., Saadé, G., & Salkhanian, M. (2016). Non-cognitive variables and academic achievement: The role of general and academic self-efficacy and trait Emotional Intelligence. In Non-cognitive Skills and Factors in Educational Attainment, 65-85. Brill Sense. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6300-591-3_4.
  14. Romo, M., Alfonso-Benlliure, V., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2016). El test de creatividad infantil (TCI): Evaluando la creatividad mediante una tarea de encontrar problemas. Psicologia Educativa, 22(2), 93-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.pse.2016.01.005.
  15. Ayyash-Abdo, H., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Barbari, M. L. (2016). Resiliency predicts academic performance of Lebanese adolescents over demographic variables and hope. Learning and Individual Differences, 48, 9-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.pse.2016.01.005.
  16. Petrides, K. V., Mikolajczak, M., Mavroveli, S., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Furnham, A., & Pérez-González, J. C. (2016). Developments in trait emotional intelligence research. Emotion Review, 8(4), 335-341. DOI: 1754073916650493.
  17. Sanchez-Ruiz MJ., Khoury J.E., Saadé G., Salkhanian M. (2016) Non-Cognitive Variables and Academic Achievement. In: Khine, M.S., Areepattamannil, S. (eds) Non-cognitive Skills and Factors in Educational Attainment. Contemporary Approaches to Research in learning Innovations. SensePublishers, Rotterdam.

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