Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Dr. Ruglis' work centers on participatory, critical, social justice and feminist approaches to research and teaching in the areas of public education, public health, justice, and youth development. She conducts mixed methods research, with a special love for qualitative methods. She is particularly interested in the nexus of social determinants of health, education, policy, human development; especially as it concerns educational policies that impact health and well-being. She is interested in school, institutional and community-based approaches to child, adolescent and family health, health education and health promotion across the lifecourse. Dr. Ruglis also has expertise and interests in interdisciplinary curriculum development that is rooted in public health (K-12, and higher education), in interdisciplinary cohort models of graduate education for healthy adolescent development, and policy advocacy. She is increasingly interested in exploring the role of art as a practice central to research, policy, community and individual health. Dr. Ruglis' research and teaching takes seriously "all policy is health policy" and "health in all policies" (WHO, 2014), and her reserach, thinking and teaching is principally organized by a focus on education as a social determinant of health. She is also a former middle and high school science teacher.
Kellogg Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (2009-2011)
Ph.D., Urban Education (Education Policy), Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY, 2009)
M.P.H., Community Health Education, Hunter College (CUNY, 2009)
M.A.T., Secondary Science & Biology Education, Union College (2002)
B.S., Human Biology, University at Albany (SUNY, 2000)
School dropout prevention, education policy as health policy, educational inequities, youth health and development, social determinants of health, health policy, social theory, critical race and gender identity development in education, participatory approaches to research (PAR, CBPR, YPAR).
WINTER 2018: Wednesdays, 4-6pm; or by appointment.
Dr. Ruglis is currently conducting an intergenerational participatory action research project along with Co-PI and Co-Director Dr. Naomi Nichols (DISE, McGill) that is at the nexus of research, policy and the arts. The project, Sampling Youth Development (SYD), is exploring youth experiences in public institutions and spaces (e.g. schools, health, housing/neighorhood, police) as a global context of youth development and health. In Summers 2016 and 2017, Drs. Ruglis and Nichols conducted a full-time summer youth research institute, where youth received and participated in summer employment training and opportunities in research and the arts. This work was funded in part by grants from Service Canada and is a community partnership and collaboration between McGill and Chalet Kent/Maison des Jeunes des Cote-des-Neiges and its No Bad Sound studio. In Summer 2017, the SYD team began development of a youth-led podcast series based on findings from the project. This new podcast series called SYD Says, will be released in late fall 2017. Stay Tuned!
For more information, check us out on our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; or read this press release from Summer 2016: https://www.mcgill.ca/education/channels/news/summer-youth-participatory...
Dr. Ruglis is also currently conducting, in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Krueger-Henney (University of Massachssetts-Boston, USA), on-going longitudinal research and training in conducting participatory action research. In Summer 2016, Drs. Ruglis & Krueger-Henney conducted follow-up interviews with participants of a three-day Participatory Action Research Institute they Co-Directed in November 2013. These interviews explore the long-term impact longitudinal outcomes of engaging in PAR on the lives of those who do, in the spaces where they do it.
Dr. Ruglis is also involved in a number of emerging community-based teaching and research partnerships in Montréal with McGill's SEDE Office. In 2017, JR served as the faculty trainer/mentor for the first cohort of McGills inaugural undergraduate Social Equity Research Researrch Award (SEURA) program, where the also delivered opening remarks and moderated the panel at the SEURA Symposium on September 27, 2017.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Ruglis will continue SYD data collection and analysis, along with the SYD Says podcast series. They will also begin a new storytelling for policy project, and relaunch ProjectDISH.
Dr. Ruglis is also supervising original research of graduate students in topics including: racism and health, school counselling, gender non-conforming youth, and elementary school after-school mentoring programs.
W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program - Community Track, Postdoctoral Fellowshop (2009-2011), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate Center of CUNY (2008-2009)
University Fellowhsip, Graduate Center of CUNY (declined, 2008)
CUNY Writing Fellowship (2007-2009)
National Sciene Foundation MetroMath Research Fellowship, Graduate Center of CUNY (2004-2006)
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Graduate Center of CUNY (declined, 2004)
Undergraduate Tuition Fellowship, University at Albany (1977-1999)
Select Awards & Funding:
Hall, N. (PI), Ruglis, J. (Co-I). Promoting Adjustment, Achievement, and Retention in CEGEP Students: A Mixed-Method, Motivational Perspective. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, 2 years (2013-2015).
Kellogg Health Scholars CBPR "Take it with you" Award (2011)
Equity Matters Research Award (2011)
Dr. Ruglis also graduated with her B.S. in Human Biology magna cum laude, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society.
Dr. Ruglis is currently supervising students in the following ECP programs: M.Ed., M.A. Human Development, M.A. Learning Sciences, Ph.D. Counselling Psychology. She has previously supervised Ph.D. students in Human Development and both M.A. and Ph.D. students in School/Applied Child Psychology.
Dr. Ruglis welcomes inquiries from all students. Please send a CV and writing sample with your inquiry.
Dr. Ruglis was on leave from 2013-2015
* Graduate student supervisee
Vallée, D. & Ruglis, J. (2017). Student disengagement among English-Speaking youth in Montreal. Educational Studies, 0(0), 1-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2017.1303494
Ruglis, J. (2016). Theorizing participatory action research and outdoor experiential education: Pedagogy for engagement and well-being through social justice. Pathways: Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. (29)1, 4-9.
Ruglis, J. & Vallée, D. (2016). Student disengagement as/and unfairness: Re-reading schools through photos. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 14(2), 186-216.
Fine, M. & Ruglis, J. (2015). Circuits and consequences of dispossession: The racialized realignment of the public sphere for U.S. youth. Open Anthropology, 3(2), Special Issue: Approaching Youth In Anthropology (Eds: J. Antrosio & S. Han).
Ruglis, J. (2011). Mapping the biopolitics of school dropout and youth resistance. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(5), 627-637.
Ruglis, J. & Freudenberg, N. (2010). Towards a healthy high schools movement: Strategies for mobilizing public health for educational reform. American Journal of Public Health, 100(9), 1565-1571.
Ruglis, J. (2010). Conversations with PAR and public health: Response to ‘fat bodies, qualitative research and the spirit of participatory action research.’ International Review of Qualitative Research; 3(3), 351-354.
Fine, M. & Ruglis, J. (2009). Circuits and consequences of dispossession: The racialized realignment of the public sphere for U.S. youth. Transforming Anthropology; 17(1), 20-36.
Freudenberg, N & Ruglis, J. (2007). Reframing school dropout as a public health issue. Preventing Chronic Disease; 4(4), 1-11.
Ruglis, J. (March 2016; March 2017). “Written Testimony: Senate Bill 869, State of Maryland.” Maryland Senate Bill 869 “Commission on Reconciliation and Equity,” Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Articles/Chapters in Books/Monographs:
Ruglis, J. & Freudenberg, N. (2011). Towards a healthy high schools movement: Strategies for mobilizing public health for educational reform. In: T Wright & J. Richardson (Eds.). School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health, pp. 671-687. Washington, DC: APHA Press.
Dikareva, S., Sabiston, C.M., Ruglis, J., Carver, T.E., Andersen, R.E. (2012). Perceived barriers to physical activity among severely obese women. 18th Qualitative Health Research Conference. Montreal, October 2012. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(5), 869.
Fox, M, Mediratta, K, Ruglis, J, Stoudt, B, Shah, S & Fine, M. (2010). Critical youth engagement: Participatory action research and organizing. In: Sherrod, Torney-Purta & Flanagan (Eds). Handbook of Research and Policy on Civic Engagement in Youth, pp. 621-649. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Ruglis, J. (2007). Dropout. In: Mathison & Ross (Eds) Battleground Schools, Volume 1, pp. 194-203. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.
Ruglis, J. (2017). (Director). SYD Says Podcast Series.
Ruglis, J. (2008). (Executive Producer). Corporate Disease Promotion in NYC: A Youth Research Project. Corporate Practices as a Determinant of Disparities in Health: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f0PjNyOcpc
Ruglis, J. & Freudenberg, N. (2005). Defining a common education and health policy agenda for the 2005 NYC election. Agenda for a Healthy New York Report #1, Public Health Association of New York City, NY, NY.
Published Academic Blog Posts:
Ruglis, J. (2008, Jan 30). Monument to racism. Racism Review. http://www.racismreview.com/blog/author/jessica-ruglis/
Dr. Ruglis serves on a number of doctoral and masters thesis committees of students across the Faculty of Education, in other departments at McGill, and for doctoral students at international universities. She currently serves on departmental graduate program admissions and program redesign committees, is a Council Member of MAUT (2016-2018), an Academic Representative of McGill's Joint Board Senate Committee on Equity (2015-2018). She has also served on Faculty hiring committees. Recent activities include serving on the MAUT Consultation Committee for the Sexual Violence, Harassment and Discrimination Policy. In 2016, Dr. Ruglis served as an invited peer-reviewer for manuscripts in the Canadian Journal of Mental Health and Children & Society. Previously she has reviewed manuscripts for the International Journal of Integrated Care, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, The Urban Review, CES4Health.info, and from 2009-2011 was an Editoral Board Fellow and Peer Reviewer for Progress in Community Health Partnerships. In 2015 and 2016 she served as an invited Assessor for the SSHRC Insight Grant program. In 2016, she also served as a faculty mentor for proposal peer-review for the 1st Annual Human Development Student Research Conference. In her previous work as Graduate Science Education Program Co-Director and Instructor at Lehman College (Bronx, USA) she served on the Reseach Sequence, Curriculum and Admissions Committees, and as a doctoral student served on the department's Executive Committee.
Dr. Ruglis is a founding member of the Public Science Project (NY, USA) and has conducted participatory research training institutes.
She is a former member the Executive Leadership board for Equity Matters, Balitmore (2009-2012), Co-Chair of the Child Health Thematic Group of the Kellogg Health Scholars Program (2011), and of the Public Health Association of New York City's "Education and Health Working Group" (2005-2008).
Her community-based professional activites have included membership in the Adolescent to Adult Health Transition Team Workgroup, Montreal Children’s Hospital (2012), Stop the Youth Jail Coalition (Baltimore, USA, 2010-2011), and as an adult ally of the Baltimore Algebra Project (2009-2011).
Dr. Ruglis has also served as legal consultant for United States state and federal Supreme Court cases on issues of educational equity, high stakes testing, diploma denial and child welfare.
Parenting Speaker Series, April 2018 - Montreal, McGill, Faculty of Education
AERA, April 2018 - NYC
Recent Talks, Selected:
September 2017 - Social Equity Undergraduate Research Award Symposium, McGill University, Montreal.
November 2017 - North American Women's Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, USA
Ruglis, J. (May 1, 2017). “Moving from “They’ll Choke” to “We All Have a Heart”: Transformation and the Body” in Symposium: “Resisting Regressive Notions of Opportunity: Participatory Scholarship in Action.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Ruglis, J & Nichols, N. (December 2016). Paper: “Cultivating literacies of dissensus and dissention with youth.” In Symposium Proposal: “Arts, Literacies and Dissensus: Toward Radical Equality in Participatory Literacy Research with Youth in Non-Dominant Communities” with Ehrets, C, Ruglis, J, Nichols, N, & Low, B. Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
Panelist. (November 11, 2016). Panel with Patel, L, Krueger-Henney, P, Ruglis, J. & Tuck, E. “Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability.” Author Meets Critics Session. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 2016 Annual Conference, Montreal, QC.
McLarnon, M, Ruglis, J, Nichols, N, Viger, S, Curtis, K, Gerrard, E, Yearwood, J, Huggins, D, Bactad, A, Sambou, V, Lotus, JN, Saoula, M. (October 15-16, 2016) 50-Minute Panel: “Let’s call it a mixtape!”Artful Inquiry Symposium 2016, McGill University, Montréal, QC.
Previous Invited Talks:
Ruglis, J, “Social Justice, Anti-Oppressive and Feminist Pedagogy for/with Youth” with Thain, A, Sharp, H, Tureli, I, Gaskin, S, Kozak, L, Leckey, R, Martin, B, Duscusin, M, Fitzpatrick, Zellars, R Panel Discussion: “Feminist Pedagogy and Professionalism: Solving Heterosexism and Sexism in Academia.” Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF), McGill University, March 9, 2016.
Ruglis, J., Greg Duncan & Hirokazu Yoshikawa. (April 2013). “Growing up in poverty: The nexus of education, health and human development.” In Sponsored AERA Presidential Session "Enhancing the wellbeing of children and youth living in poverty." American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. (Invited and unable to attend and present owing to medical circumstances)
Ruglis, J. Keynote Address. (March 10, 2012). "(Resisting) Education and/as Life: Schooling and the Social Determinants of Health." Education Graduate Students’ Society (EGSS) 2012 Conference (E)merging Knowledges: Classroom, Community, Culture, McGill University.
Ruglis, J. (March 7, 2012). "Reconsidering Education(al) and Health Disparities: Schooling as a Social Determinant of Health." Oral Health & Society Division, School of Medicine, McGill University.
Panelist. (Sarkar, M., Ruglis, J. & Moffat, K.). (October 12, 2011). “Job Search and Interview Strategies” Faculty Panel. Faculty of Education ABC’s of PhD Week. McGill University.
Panelist. (Costopoulous, A., Ruglis, J., Dirks, M. & Etzion, D.). (October 3, 2011). “Effective Job Talks and Academic Interviews” Faculty Panel. Academic Careers Week for PhD Students and Post-Docs. McGill University.
Panelist. (April 12, 2011). Unnatural Causes Community Screening and Panel Discussion. Baltimore Community Health Action Team, Joint Center for Social and Economic Studies, Sinai Hospital, Grace Outreach Center, Baltimore, MD.
Ruglis, J. (September 29, 2011). “Death of a Dropout: Considerations of Public Health, Policy and Education for School & Applied Psychology.” School/Applied Child Psychology Brownbag (c/o Dr. Ingrid Sladeczek). Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, McGill University.
Panelist. (June 29, 2011). ‘Who Will Survive in Baltimore? Changing the City’s Health Disparities’ Freedom Forum Panel Discussion, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD.
Ruglis, J. (November 1, 2010). “Critical Community Based Participatory Research: ProjectDISH.” Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods Graduate Course, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
Ruglis, J. (October 18, 2010). “Rethinking Education Policy, Poverty and Health.” Health, Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S. Graduate Course, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
Ruglis, J. (June 17, 2010). “Equity Matters: Education as a Social Determinant of Health.” Social Equity Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Facilitator. (October 2009). Institute of Medicine “Connecting the Dots” Report Meeting, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. (PI: Dr. Phil Leaf).
Ruglis, J. (September 15, 2009). “ProjectDISH (Disparities in Schooling and Health): Investigating Schooling as a Social Determinant of Health through Youth CBPR” Community Based Participatory Research Graduate Seminar. Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
Ruglis, J. & Fine, M. (April 2009). “Circuits and consequences of dispossession: The racialized realignment of the public sphere for U.S. youth.” In Public Education, Gentrification and Privatization. Left Forum 2009 in NY, NY.
Panelist. (April 2009). Cross-disciplinary Research for Social Justice in Education: A Global Perspective Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Morris, S., Gould D. & Ruglis, J. (April 2, 2009). “Education as a Social Determinant of Health: Investigating the Health and Educational Consequences of the Opportunity Gap through Youth Participatory Action Research.” ROC Your Voice: Student & Community Perspectives on Race, Opportunity & Class, Bank Street College in NY, NY.
Panelist. (March 17, 2009). “The Dissertation Process.” Panel. Core Colloquium, Urban Education PhD Program, The Graduate Center of CUNY in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (November 18, 2008). “The Social Foundations of the Graduation Rate Crisis and Implications for Health and Democracy.” ‘Reframing Urban Youth’ Undergraduate Course. Education Studies Program, Eugene Lang College, New School University in New York, NY.
Panelist. (November 11, 2008). “Current Research and the Doctoral Process.” Core Colloquium, Urban Education PhD Program, The Graduate Center of CUNY in New York, NY.
Panelist. (September 24, 2008). “The Dissertation Process.” Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) Program, The Graduate Center of CUNY in New York, NY.
Discussant. (April 9, 2008). "Anti-Oppressive and Indigenous Theories of Change" Panel. Emerging Scholars Conference, Department of Urban Education, Graduate Center of the City University of New York in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (November 13, 2007). “The Current State of Research and Rhetoric on School Dropout.” ‘Reframing Urban Youth’ Undergraduate Course. Education Studies Program, Eugene Lang College, New School University, NY, NY.
Ruglis, J. (May 2007). “Rethinking Public Health: Education as a Social Determinant of Health” and Panel Discussion. Urban Health Collaborative at CUNY in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (2006). “The Landscape of School Dropout and the Adverse Consequences of Diploma Denial” and Panel Discussion. ‘Diversity & Multiculturalism’ Graduate Education Course, School of Education, Hunter College in New York, NY.
Previous Peer-Review Conference / Scientific Meeting Presentations:
Bayarsaikhan A, Boke BN, Manolson, & Ruglis, J. (April 24, 2016). Poster: “An engaged commuter student: Needs, barriers, and opportunities.” 1st Annual Human Development Conference, ECP, McGill University, Montréal, QC.
Lavoie, J., Pereira, L. C., & Ruglis, J. (May 2014). “Childhood resilience: Determinants and their underlying processes." Poster presentation given at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in San Francisco, CA.
Lavoie, J., Pereira, L. C., & Ruglis, J. (May 2014). “Using policy to support children’s social-emotional learning as a primary intervention against stress.” Poster presentation given at the 2014 Development conference, Ottawa, ON.
Ruglis, J. & Henney-Krueger, P. (November 2013). “Education and/as social determinants of health: Research linking educational and health inequalities.” 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Boston, MA.
Lavoie, J., Pereira, L., & Ruglis, J. (November 2013). “Rethinking problem behaviour: Understanding the impact of developmental context for children with emotional/behavioural disorders.” 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Boston, MA.
Lavoie, J., Vallée, D., & Ruglis, J. (October 2013). “Around the clock: Social media technology and adolescent sleep patterns.” Annual World Social Science Forum 2013 in Montreal, QC.
Pereira, L., Aguilera, C. J., & Ruglis, J. (October 2013). “The role of digital technologies in improving mental health and educational outcomes in youth.” Annual World Social Science Forum in Montreal, QC.
Vallée, D., & Ruglis, J. “Trajectories of school dis/engagement”. (June 2013). 2013 Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 74th Annual Convention in Quebec, QC.
Lavoie, J., Ruglis, J. & LeBlanc, C. (June 2013). “Exercise as an intervention for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” 2013 Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 74th Annual Convention in Quebec, QC.
Jalali-Kushki, Y., Pereira, L., & Ruglis, J. (June 2013). “Disability discourse of pre-service teachers: A need to further foster an understanding of a sociocultural model of disability.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies in Orlando, FL.
Vallée, D., & Ruglis, J. “Creative co-stories of school dis/engagement.” (March 2013). Education Graduate Students’ Society (EGSS) 12th Annual Educational Conference, McGill University in Montreal, QC.
Lavoie, J. & Ruglis, J. (March 2013). “Increasing activity levels of children and adolescents with ADHD.” Poster presentation at Education Graduate Students’ Society (EGSS) 12th Annual Educational Conference, McGill University in Montreal, QC.
Petrucci, A., Ruglis, J., Lajoie, S., Feldman, L.S., Fried, G.M., & Vassiliou, M.C. (2013). “Identifying educational gaps and exploring the role of virtual patients in the training and evaluation of decision-making for laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.” Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
Dikareva, A., Sabiston, C., Ruglis, J., Carver, T. & Andersen, R. (October 2012). “Perceived barriers to physical activity among severely obese women.” 2012 Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference in Montreal, QC.
Ruglis, J. (April 2012). “The Social Epidemiology of Education: Education’s Influence on Health and Human Development.” Division G, Section 4 Paper. 2012 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.
Ruglis, J. (April 2012). “Mapping the Biopolitics of School Dropout & Youth Resistance.” Division G Symposium: Youth Resistance Across Neoliberal Contexts. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2012 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.
Ruglis, J. (Nov 2010). “Embodying and Weathering a (Mis)education: Youth Participatory Action Research for Schooling as a Social Determinant of Health.” School Health and Education Services Section, American Public Health Association (APHA) 138th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Ruglis, J. (Apr/May 2010) “Schooling as a Social Determinant of Health.” In Circuits and Consequences of Educational Dispossession: Consequences of High Stakes Education, Privatization, Neoliberalism and the Prison-Industrial Complex through Youth Participatory Action Research, Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Ruglis, J. (Apr/May 2010). “Critical Pedagogy in Youth Participatory Action Research: Education for Liberation.” In Creating Conditions for Collaboration: The Practice of Participatory Action Research Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Ruglis, J. (Apr/May 2010). “Questioning Reciprocity in Youth Participatory Action Research: Relationships, Responsibility and Ethics by Design” In Negotiating Reciprocal and Ethical Relationships in Youth Participatory Action Research and Collaborative Community-Based Research Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
Torre, M., Stoudt B., Fox, M. & Ruglis, J. (June 2009). “Motivating a Research, Policy and Practice of ‘Mutual Implication’ through Participatory Action Research.” Roundtable Discussion, of the Participatory Action Research Collective. Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, APA) Biennial Conference in Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
Ruglis, J. (May 2009). “(Re)theorizing School Dropout and its Use as a Decolonizing Methodology.” The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009) in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Ruglis, J. (May 2009). “Methodological Considerations of Embodiment: Researching That Which cannot Be Seen and That Which May Not Happen for Years to Come.” The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009) in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Ruglis, J. (May 2009). “ProjectDISH (Disparities in Schooling and Health): Investigating Connections between Education and Health through Youth Participatory Action Research.” Urban Education Emerging Scholars Conference, Graduate Center of CUNY in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (April 2009). “ProjectDISH (Disparities in Schooling and Health): Investigating Connections between Education and Health through Youth Participatory Action Research.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Ruglis, J. (April 2009). “Polling for Justice: Research at the nexus of interdisciplinarity, intergenerationality, and intersectorality.” In Youth Resistance Revisited: New Theories of Youth Negotiations of Educational Injustices Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Roundtable Discussion. (April 24, 2009). “Programmatic Curriculum: The Fear of Scrutiny.” CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines Annual Conference, Graduate Center of CUNY, NY.
Gould, D., Morris, S. & Ruglis, J. (February 2009). “ProjectDISH (Disparities in Schooling and Health): Investigating Connections between Education and Health through Youth Participatory Action Research.” In Critical Lenses for Educational Ethnography: Excavating Landscapes of Injustice through Youth-Centered Research Methods Session. Ethnography in Education Research Forum in Philadelphia, PA.
Fox, M. & Ruglis, J. (Oct/Nov 2008). “Polling for Justice: Participatory Action Research Across Generations Toward Justice.” In Critical Issues in Participatory Action Research: Negotiating Layers of Power, Ethics and Activism Symposium. 2008 American Education Studies Annual (AESA) Conference in Savannah, GA.
Ruglis, J. (April 2008). “The Graduation Rate Crisis: Adverse Consequences and the Construction of Blackness in the Context of Cultural Oppression and Urban Educational Dispossession.” Theorizing Blackness Conference, Graduate Center of the City University of New York in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (March 2008). “Retheorizing ‘School Dropout’: Towards a New Discourse and Praxis of School Non-Completion.” In Framing Dropouts Revisited Symposium. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2008 Annual Meeting in New York, NY.
Ruglis, J. (April 2007). “The Dying Dropout: Deep Connections of Education and Health.” In Anchoring Social Justice in Current Topics in Urban Education, Panel Presentation. Conference on Equity and Social Justice in Education, Stockton College in Pomona, NJ.
Ruglis, J. (April 2007). “Problematizing and Retheorizing ‘School Dropout’.” Conference on Equity and Social Justice in Education, Stockton College in Pomona, NJ.
Ruglis, J. (April 2007). “The Dying Dropout: Deep Connections of Education and Health.” American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2007 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
Presentations to policy-makers and other stakeholders
Ruglis, J., Love, D. & Shaw, M. (June 2010). “ProjectDISH-Baltimore: Why Education Matters for Health” Policy Brief. Presentation to US Representative for the State of Maryland, Elijah Cummings, US Capitol.
Ruglis, J. (June 2, 2008). “Dropout Prevention Strategies: Causes of School Dropout and Innovative Educational and Health Interventions to Promote High School Graduation.” Ulster County School Boards Association Annual Meeting in New Paltz, NY.
Taking an interdisciplinary and ecological approach to human development, I am interested in the ways in which social, education, health, criminal/juvenile justice and public policies influence lifelong academic, health and developmental trajectories - for individuals and across populations.
In addition to her research, supervision and service, Dr. Ruglis teaches (or has taught) the following courses at McGill. For students interested in independent reading courses, please contact Dr. Ruglis.
Graduate Level (with current academic year teaching assignment):
EDPE 687: Qualitative Methods (Winter 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 - Tu, 11:35-2:25)
EDPE 683: Human Development Seminar 3 (Fall 2016)
EDPE 672: Human Development Seminar 1 (Fall 2016)
EDPI 654: Instructional and Curriculum Adaptation (Winter 2012)
EDPI 643: Education of Learners with Special Needs 2 (Winter 2013; Topic: “Rethinking Risk: Understanding Healthy Development”)
EDPE 632: Research Seminar (Fall 2016)
EDPE 595: Special Topics (Winter 2017; Topic: "Participatory Approaches to Research (and Teaching and Policy)")
EDPE 515: Gender Identity Development (Fall 2013, 2016, 2017)
EDPE 502: Theories of Human Development (Fall 2015, 2017 )
EDPE 377: Adolescence and Education (Winter 2018 - W 6:05-8:55pm)
EDPI 309: Diverse Learners (Winter 2016)