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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. More recently, she has been the recipient of the Research Excellent Award (LAU, 2020).

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 (“Developments in trait emotional intelligence research” published in Emotion Review, Q1). In addition, she is a regular peer-reviewer of reputable journals in psychology, and consistently disseminates her research findings at the conferences organized by the International Study of Individual Differences (ISSID).

Dr. Sanchez-Ruiz has recently received an international award from Grand Challenges Canada to implement an evidence-based training program on emotional intelligence. She is also interested in the study of positive psychology and character strengths.

Selected publications

  1. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., Tadros, N., Khalaf, T., Ego, V., Eisenbeck, N., Carreno, D. F., Nassar, E. (in press). Trait Emotional Intelligence and wellbeing during the pandemic: The mediating role of Meaning-Centered Coping. Frontiers in Psychology.
  2. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J., El Ahmad, P., Karam, M., & Saliba, M. A. (2021). Rape myth acceptance in Lebanon: The role of sexual assault experience/familiarity, sexism, honor beliefs, and the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences, 170, 110403.
  3. Sanchez‐Ruiz, M. J., Mavroveli, S., & Petrides, K. V. (2020). The Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire in Lebanon and the UK: A comparison of the psychometric properties in each country. International Journal of Psychology.
  4. Sanchez-Ruiz, M. J. (2020). Creativity. In A. Di Fabio, D. H. Saklofske, & C. Stough (Eds.), The Wiley encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. 3. Personality processes and individual differences (pp. 89-94). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9781118970744.
  5. Sanchez-Ruiz, M., Merhi, R., & Nicolaou, M. (2020). The role of trait emotional intelligence in appearance perception. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 25(1), 932-944. doi:10.1080/02673843.2020.1781216.
  6. Chiesi, F., Lau, C., Marunic, G., Sanchez-Ruiz, M., Plouffe, R. A., Topa, G., … Saklofske, D. H. (2020). Emotional intelligence in young women from five cultures: A TEIQue-SF invariance study using the omnicultural composite approach inside the IRT framework. Personality and Individual Differences, 164, 110128. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110128.
  7. Sanchez Ruiz, M. J., & El-Khoury, J. (2019). A Model of Academic, Personality and Emotion-Related Predictors of University Academic Performance. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2435. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02435.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Sanchez-Ruiz M. J., 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. Sense Publishers; Rotterdam.

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