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Megan Ruiter, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

Dr. Ruiter received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 2005, graduating Summa cum Laude under the mentorship of Richard R. Bootzin, PhD.  Dr. Ruiter matriculated to the University of Alabama, earning her MA in Psychology in 2008 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 under Kenneth L. Lichstein, Ph.D. Dr. Ruiter’s Master’s thesis examined ethnic group differences between African-Americans and Caucasian Americans in normal and disordered sleep.  Her Ph.D. dissertation examined working memory capacity’s influence on adherence to behavioral insomnia therapy. She then completed a clinical psychology internship training program at the University of California-San Diego  in 2011 under Sean Drummond, Ph.D. In the summer of 2011, she came to UAB as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by an AHRQ Health Services and Research T-32 grant under the mentorship of Lawrence A. Bradley, Ph.D. She also supported by the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center as a Health Disparities Research Training Program scholar. Her current research focuses on sleep health disparities across sociodemographic groups in connection with the development of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cardiometabolic syndrome, and osteoarthritis. Her work on lack of sleep in connection to future stroke symptoms among normal weight individuals from the REGARDS study was recently featured on MSNBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and the front page of USA Today.

UAB News

  • "This is the first study to identify a regionally specific diet pattern that is highly associated with adverse outcomes among persons with kidney disease," said lead author Orlando Gutiérrez, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It's well known that the Southern region has poor health outcomes in a number of different areas including stroke, heart disease and sepsis, and that the style of diet plays a role."

  • Joy P. Deupree, an assistant professor, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows in the United States for 2014, according to a news release on Wednesday from the Foundation. Maria R. Shirey, a professor and assistant dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships in the School of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a fellow in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education,

UAB Research News

  • Shirey, who will be inducted in September, is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies.Maria R. Shirey, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has been selected for induction as a fellow into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. Shirey is nationally recognized for her innovative integration of teaching and learning strategies using research, evidence-based practice...

  • The Quad Rider makes it easy to shift gears and brake, enabling people with poor grip-control to safely cycle.The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Lakeshore Foundation are partnering with InvoTek, Inc., to create a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities who have limited or no use of their hands operate a handcycle safely. InvoTek, a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, has received a $175,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation...