Felisa Ruiz, MPH
Research Assistant II
Felisa Ruiz is a Research Assistant for the CATCH My Breath e-cigarette prevention program. She supports the CMB team with literature reviews, manuscript writing, development of formal presentations, and Spanish translations.
Felisa attended the University of Central Arkansas where she graduated with a major in Family and Consumer Sciences and a minor in Sociology in 2018. She continued her studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, where she earned her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in 2020. During her master’s program, Felisa worked as a graduate research assistant for the Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation, FRESH Project, Marathon Kids Pilot Study, and the Stronger Austin Evaluation.
Her study interests include health disparities within Hispanic communities, and e-cigarette use among youth. She has conducted qualitative research in Cali, Colombia to bridge the gap in literature regarding vaping among university students in Latin America.
Outside of work, you can find Felisa exploring the Austin food scene, thrift shopping, and desperately trying to keep her plants alive.
CATCH My Breath (CMB) is a middle school e-cigarette prevention program originally designed as a rapid response to the emerging teen vaping trends.