Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405
Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0405

Biography

Eugenia Hernandez Ruiz received her Master's in Music Therapy, from the University of Kansas. She also earned her doctorate in music education (emphasis in music therapy) at the University of Kansas, with concentration in neuroscience and special education. Her clinical expertise is in the area of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) and music interventions for children, teenagers and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families; as well as women and children survivors of domestic violence. She started a music therapy agency in her home country (Mexico), where she provided clinical services and developed professional workshops and presentations about music therapy, autism, and domestic violence. She has presented clinical and research posters and presentations in regional, national and international conferences. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Psychology of Music. Her current research and clinical interests relate to parent coaching of music interventions in ASD, music neuroscience, mindfulness and music interventions, and course-based undergraduate research experiences. She is part of the Autism Taskforce of the American Music Therapy Association, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Music Therapy Perspectives. 

Education

Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Music interventions for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to improve their social communication
  • Parent coaching of music interventions for children with ASD
  • Research skill development of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Mindfulness and music for mental health
  • Music interventions for survivors of domestic violence

Publications

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. & Dvorak, A. (2020) Replication of a course-based undergraduate research experience for music students. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2020.1737186.

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2020). Empowering women survivors of domestic violence (clinical portrait). Music Therapy Perspectives. https://10.1093/mtp/miaa005

Hernandez-Ruiz, E., Dvorak, A. & Weingarten, K. (2020). Music stimuli in mindfulness meditation: Comparison of musician and non-musician responses. Psychology of Music. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735620901338

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2019). Feasibility of parent coaching of music interventions for children with ASD. Music Therapy Perspectives. Advanced online article. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miz016

Dvorak, A., & Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2019). Comparison of music stimuli to support mindfulness meditation. Psychology of Music. Advanced online article. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735619878497.

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2019). Parent coaching of music interventions for children with ASD: A conceptual framework. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 28(4), 315-332. https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2019.1647447

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2019). How is music processed? Tentative answers from cognitive neuroscience. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 28(4), 315-332. https://doi.org/10.1080/08098131.2019.1587785

Dvorak, A., & Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2019). Outcomes of a course-based research experience (CURE) for music therapy and music education students. Journal of Music Therapy, 56(1), 30-60.

Hernandez-Ruiz, E., James, B., Noll, J., & Chrysikou, E. (2018). What makes music relaxing? An investigation into musical elements. Psychology of Music. Advanced online article: https://doi:10.1177/0305735618798027

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2018). Parents can do it, too: Developing a model to coach parents in the use of music interventions for their children with ASD (systematic review, conceptual framework, and limited-efficacy study) (Doctoral dissertation). University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Robb, S.L., Hanson-Abromeit, D., May, L., Hernandez-Ruiz, E., Allison, M., Beloat, A., Daugherty, S., Kurtz, R., Ott, A., Oyedele, O., Polasik, S., Rager, A., Rifkin, J., Wolf, E. (2018). Reporting quality of music intervention research in healthcare: A systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 38, 24-41. https://doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.02.008

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2017). Music therapy and Parent-Early Start Denver Model to teach social communication strategies to parents of preschoolers with ASD: A feasibility study. Music Therapy Perspective, 36 (1), 26 – 39. https://doi:10.1093/mtp/mix018

Dvorak A., Hernandez-Ruiz, E., Jang, S., Kim, B., Joseph, M., & Wells, K. (2017). An emerging theoretical model of music therapy student development. The Journal of Music Therapy, 54(2), 196 -227.

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2017). [Review of the book: Collaboration and assistance in music therapy practice: Roles, relationships, challenges by Stranger, Oder-Miller, & Richards, 2016]. Music Therapy Perspectives, advance article online. https://doi:10.1093/mtp/mix008

Hernandez-Ruiz, E. (2005). Effect of music therapy on anxiety levels and sleep patterns of abused women in shelters, Journal of Music Therapy 42(2), 140-158.

Courses

Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
MUE 381 Music Therapy Research
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
MUE 260 Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 381 Music Therapy Research
MUE 493 Honors Thesis
MUE 586 Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589 Repertoire for Music Therapy
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
MUE 381 Music Therapy Research
MUE 441 Psychology of Music
MUE 489 Repertoire for Music Therapy
MUE 586 Music Therapy Grad Clinical Pr
MUE 589 Repertoire for Music Therapy
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
MUE 161 Introduction to Music Therapy
MUE 162 Intro to Music Therapy Lab
MUE 501 Intro to Music Therapy

Professional Associations

American Music Therapy Association

International Society for Autism Research

Fondazione Mariani, Neuromusic                                                                            

Fulbright Alumni, Mexico City, Mexico.

Service

Reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2012 to date)

Reviewer for Music Therapy Perspectives (2017 to date)

Reviewer for Nordic Journal of Music Therapy

Reviewer for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder