Amber Brown Ruiz
Ph.D., School of Education
Expected Graduation: August 2021
Program Area: Special Education and Disability Policy
- Ph.D. in Education; Special Education and Disability Policy; Virginia Commonwealth University (August 2021)
- Dissertation: Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Practices of Transition Professionals to Support Black Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- LaRon A. Scott, Ed.D.
- M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology; University of Wisconsin Madison (December 2016)
- B.A. in Biology and Psychology; University of Mississippi (August 2015)
Line of Research
My line of research centers on the transition practices of service providers who support Black and Latinx students with disabilities (SWD). I examine how collaboration and use of culturally responsive practices by rehabilitation counselors and special education teachers can improve post-school outcomes in employment, education and independent living for Black and Latinx SWD.
Selected Research and Scholarship
- Chen, C-C., Xu, Y., Spence, C., Zhang, F. , and Ruiz, A.B., (2020) Low birth weight and prematurity as Predictors of children receiving special education services. Early Child Development and Care. 10.1080/03004430.2020.1804897
- Scott, L.A., Brown, A., Wallace, W., Powell, C., & Comier, C., (2020) "If We’re Not Doing It, Then Who?:” A Qualitative Study of Black Special Educators’. Exceptionality. 10.1080/09362835.2020.1850453
- Washington-Nortey, M., Zhang, F., Xu, Y., Ruiz, A.B., Chen, C., Spence, C., (2020) The Impact of Peer Interactions on Language Development Among Preschool English Language Learners: A Systematic Review. Early Childhood Education Journal. 10.1007/s10643-020-01126-5
- Ruiz, A.B. & Scott, L.A. (Accepted with minor revisions) A Culturally Responsive Framework and Guiding Questions for Pre-Employment Transition Services. TEACHING Exceptional Children.
- Brendli, K., Scott, L.A., Taylor, J., Ruiz, A.B., Powell, C., Mehtaji. M., (Revise & Resubmit) Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop: Alternative Route to Licensure Special Education Teachers’ Persistence in their Careers. Action in Teacher Education.
- Spence, C., Rooks, D., Ruiz, A.B., Fish, L.A, Jones, B., O'Grady, C., Sulinski, E., (Revise & Resubmit) The Language We Use: Providers’ Perceptions about Families. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.
Amber Brown Ruiz is a current doctoral candidate in the Special Education and Disability Policy Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. The University of Mississippi is where she earned her bachelor’s degree. In the past, she worked as a mentor and counselor for students with disabilities.
What does the Holmes Scholars program mean to you?
The Holmes Scholars program means I could gain the social capital and experience to make a difference and learn impactful research. It is important for me to build relationships and connections not only to support my research but also the research of others.