Dr. Dorothy Smith-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Department and adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Ruiz has completed two NIA postdoctoral fellowships; one at the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health (1981-1983), and the other at Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1998-2001). As a Fulbright Scholar, she traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal to study their political and economic problems.
Amazing Grace: African American Grandmothers as Caregivers and Conveyers of Traditional Values (Praeger, 2004)
The Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder Among Black Americans (Greenwood, 1991)
Transnational families; African-American grandmothers in the 21st century; permanent role transition and altered family structure; grandparent caregiving for children and youth with chronic disease; the impact of incarceration on family caregiving for minor children.