The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz


Dr. Maria-Jose Sanchez-Ruiz is an associate professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences.

Her PhD research was conducted mainly at the Institute of Education and the University College of London (University of London), where she worked in collaboration with the trait emotional intelligence research program.

Her research interests are in the area of personality and individual differences. She is currently working on a number of projects involving trait emotional intelligence and its relationship with constructs such as academic performance and body image dissatisfaction. She is also interested in the study of creativity, and the interface between cognition and emotion through correlational and experimental methods.


  1. Gillespie, K., Najjar, N., Daou, N., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., …Abihabib, R. (in press). Factors Underlying Cross-Cultural Differences in Stigma towards Autism among College Students in Lebanon and the United States. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice.
  2. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (in press). 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.
  3. Petrides, K. V., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Siegling, A. B., Saklofske, D. H., & Mavroveli, S. (2018). Emotional intelligence as personality: Measurement and effects of trait emotional intelligence in educational contexts. In K. V. Keefer, J. D. A. Parker, & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Handbook of emotional intelligence in education. New York: Springer, 49-81. DOI:  10.1007/978-3-319-90633-1_3.
  4. Doumit, R., Kharma, J. A., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Zeeni, N. (2018). Predictors of Disordered Eating in Young Males. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(2), 236-244. Retrieved from:
  5. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. & Baaklini, A. (2018). Individual and Social Correlates of Aggressive Behavior in Lebanese Undergraduates. Journal of Social Psychology, 158(3), 350-360. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2017.1353476.
  6. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El-Jor, AbiKharma, J., Bassil, M., & Zeeni, N. (2017). 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 Obesity, 24(2), 313-322. DOI: 10.1007/s40519-017-0387-8.
  7. 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.
  8. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2017). Stress and Creativity. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier. ISBN 9780128093245.
  9. Santos, M. R., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. , & Benlliure, V. A. (2017). Creatividad y personalidad a través de dominios: una revisión crítica. Anuario de psicología, 47(2), 57-69. Retrieved from:
  10. Doumit, R., Ghazen, G., Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Zeeni, N. (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
  11. Romo, M., Alfonso, V., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2016). El test de creatividad infantil (TCI): Evaluando la creatividad mediante una terea de encontrar problemas (Child Creativity Test; CCT: Assessing creativity through a problem finding task. Psicología Educativa (Educational Psychology), 22(2)93-101.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El Khoury, J., Saade, G., & Shrikadian, M. (2016). Self-efficacy variables and academic achievement: The role of emotional intelligence. In, Khine, M. S. (Ed.), Non-cognitive Factors and Educational Attaintment.
  15. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Pérez-González, J.C., Romo, M., & Matthews, G. (2015). Divergent thinking and stress dimensions. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 17, 102-116. DOI:  10.1007/s11031-011-9227-8
  16. Pérez-González, J. C., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2014). Trait emotional intelligence anchored within the big five, big two and big one frameworks. Personality and Individual Differences, 65, 53-58. DOI:  10.1016/j.paid.2014.01.021.
  17. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., & Hernández-Torrano, D. (2014). The complex relationship between affect and creativity. Estudios de Psicología (Studies of Psychology), 35, 239-265. DOI: 10.1080/02109395.2014.922263
  18. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Romo, M. S., & Jiménez, J. J. (2013). The role of metaphorical thinking in the creativity of scientific discourse. Creativity Research Journal, 25(4), 361-368. DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2013.843316.
  19. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Mavroveli, S., & Poullis, J. (2012). Trait Emotional intelligence and its links to university performance: An examination. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(5), 658-662. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.11.013.
  20. Ayyash-Abdo, H., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2012). Subjective wellbeing and its relationship with academic achievement and multilinguality among Lebanese university students. International Journal of Psychology, 47(3), 192-202. DOI: 10.1080/00207594.2011.614616.
  21. Mavroveli, S., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2011). Trait emotional intelligence influences on academic achievement and school behaviour. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 81(1), 112-134. DOI: 10.1348/2044-8279.002009
  22. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2011). Stress and Creativity. In M. Runco, & S. Pritzker (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Creativity (2nd ed., Vol. 35, pp. 384-389). New York: Academic Press
  23. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Hernández-Torrano, D., Pérez-González, J. C., Batey, M., & Petrides, K. V. (2011). The relationship between trait emotional intelligence and creativity across subject domains. Motivation and Emotion, 35(4), 461-473. DOI: 10.1007/s11031-011-9227-8.
  24. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2011). Stress and Creativity. In M. Runco, & S. Pritzker (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Creativity (2nd ed., Vol. 35, pp. 384-389). New York: Academic Press.
  25. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Pérez-González, J. C., & Petrides, K. V. (2010). Trait emotional intelligence profiles of students from different university faculties. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62(1), 51-57. DOI: 10.1080/00049530903312907.
  26. Petrides, K. V., Furnham, A., & Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2009). TEIQue Clinical-Developmental Reports. In K. V. Petrides (Ed.), Technical manual for the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaires (TEIQue; 1st edition, 1st printing). London: London Psychometric Laboratory, University College of London.

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