Monica S. Ruiz
Monica S. Ruiz
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
Monica S. Ruiz, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health and The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
Dr. Ruiz's career has focused predominantly on research pertaining to HIV prevention. She has served as the sole behavioral scientist and the Acting Chief of the Prevention Sciences Branch, Division of AIDS, at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In this capacity, she worked primarily with the HIV Prevention Trials Network, a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network that develops and tests the safety and efficacy of primarily non-vaccine interventions designed to prevent HIV transmission. She has also worked in the public policy arena, both as a study director with the Institute of Medicine and as the Acting Director for Public Policy at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Her current research focuses on examining the epidemic impact of policy change on HIV infection and linkage to care outcomes – including utilization of syringe exchange, addiction treatment, and other harm reduction services -- in the District of Columbia. She is the Principal Investigator of DC POINTE: Policy Impact on the Epidemic, a federally funded research study examining the epidemic impact of policy change on HIV infection and linkage to care outcomes – including utilization of syringe exchange, addiction treatment, and other harm reduction services -- in the District of Columbia (R01DA031649; PI: MS Ruiz). She is currently conducting research in partnership with community harm reduction providers to examine the impact of gentrification on drug users’ access to health care and syringe access services. Her current research interests include examining the social and structural factors that impede HIV prevention efforts in vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.
Dr. Ruiz was a speaker at TEDx Foggy Bottom on April 22, 2017. Her talk, “Rage, research, and Harm reduction”, can be viewed online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?