Ruby   Charak

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABN 361
Phone: (956) 665-3733
Email: ruby.charak@utrgv.edu
Website: http://www.utrgv.edu/actlab/

Dr. Ruby Charak

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Childhood adversities including child maltreatment, PTSD, Sexual victimization in women, Structural Equation Modeling
  • Education

    • PhD, Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2015
    • M.Phil., Clinical Psychology, University of Delhi, 2008
    • MA, Psychology, Panjab University, 2004
    • BA, Psychology, Panjab University, 2002
  • Currently Teaching

    PSYC 6301 01 - Psych Statistics:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PSYC 4360 91L - Clinical & Counseling Psyc:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Ruby Charak, JTVM de Jong, Lidewyde Berckmoes, Herman Ndayisaba, and Ria Reis. "Assessing the factor structure of the childhood trauma questionnaire, and cumulative effects of abuse and neglect on mental health among adolescents in conflict-affected Burundi. ," Child Abuse and Neglect 72, (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017): 383-392.

  • Meredith Claycomb, Ruby Charak, Tory Durham, Cherie Armour, Xin Lv, Steven Southwick, Jon Elhai, and Robert Pietrzak. "The 7-factor hybrid model of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms and alcohol consumption and consequences in a national sample of trauma-exposed veterans. ," Journal of Anxiety Disorders 51, (August 2017): 14-21.

  • Brianna Byllesby, Ruby Charak, Tory Durham, Xin Wang, and Jon Elhai. "The underlying role of negative affect in the association between PTSD, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder," Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 1–11.

  • Ruby Charak. "Quality of life and depression among patients with Type I diabetes: A study of gender differences. ," The International Journal of Indian Psychology (December 2016).

  • Meredith Claycomb, Ruby Charak, Julie Kaplow, Christopher Layne, Robert Pynoos, and Jon Elhai. "Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder Symptom Domains Relate Differentially to PTSD and Depression: A Study of War-Exposed Bosnian Adolescents," Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (2016): 1–13.

  • AE Jaffe, AL Steel, Ruby Charak, D DiLillo, TL Messman-Moore, and KL Gratz. "Repeat experiences of incapacitated sexual assault: Is increased drinking a contributor?," Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research. 40, 2016: 115A–115A.

  • Ruby Charak. Treatment and prevention of intergenerational transmission of violence in families in Burundi: Findings from an epidemiological study. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam and UNICEF., 2016.

  • Patricia Kerig, Ruby Charak, Shannon Chaplo, Diana Bennett, Cherie Armour, Crosby Modrowski, and Andrew McGee. "Validation of the Factor Structure of the Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale in a Sample of Trauma-Exposed Detained Youth.," Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy 8, (2016): 592-600.

  • Ruby Charak, Brianna Byllesby, Michelle Roley, Meredith Claycomb, Tory Durham, Jana Ross, Cherie Armour, and Jon Elhai. "Latent classes of childhood poly-victimization and associations with suicidal behavior among adult trauma victims: Moderating role of anger," Child Abuse & Neglect 62, (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016): 19–28.

  • Ruby Charak. "Examples of recent studies on childhood victimization employing technique of latent class analysis," StressPoints, May 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Ruby Charak. , College of Liberal Arts & Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $32,000.00 (2016 - 2018)

  • Ruby Charak. Cumulative Effect of Childhood Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Aggression in Face-to-Face and via Cyberspace on Mental Health Problems Among Emerging Adults, UTRGV ADVANCE, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, $10,000.00 (September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018)

  • Ruby Charak. Travel grants, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $500.00 ( 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. , Department of Psychological Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $15,000.00 (2016 - 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. National Science Foundation (NSF) Women of Color 2017 Summer Fellowship, Norfolk State University & Jackson State University, USA, $3,000.00 (May 2017 - August 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. Asian Studies Faculty Grant, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $500.00 (July 1, 2017 - August 2, 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. Faculty Research Grant, Office of Global Engagement, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $2,990.00 (June 1, 2017 - August 2, 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. Faculty Research Grant, Office of Global Engagement, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $1,275.00 (June 1, 2017 - August 2, 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. Summer Writing Program, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, UTRGV, $500.00 (June 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. Travel grants, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $600.00 ( 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Ruby Charak. "Assessing the factor structure of the childhood trauma questionnaire, and multiple types of abuse and neglect among adolescents in conflict affected Burundi. In R. Charak (Chair), Conflicts in Africa. ," European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), Odense, Denmark (June 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. "Polytraumatization among juvenile justice-involved adolescents: Association with difficulties in emotion regulation and mental health symptoms.," European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), Odense, Denmark (June 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. "Latent classes of types and severity of childhood maltreatment: Relations to sexual revictimization and mental health. In B. Zvara (Chair), The consequences of childhood maltreatment on physical and mental health during late adolescence and emerging adulthood.," 2017 Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas, USA (April 2017)

  • Ruby Charak. "Assessing differences in anxiety sensitivity’s cognitions between individuals exposed to one versus multiple traumas.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "Dimensions of anxiety sensitivity and rumination occurring in PTSD: A latent profile analysis.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "Latent classes of juvenile poly-victimization and their association with suicide behaviour among adults with lifetime traumatic experiences: The moderating role of anger reactivity.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "Latent profiles of posttraumatic stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms in Indian Army personnel deployed in the conflict zone of Jammu region.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "Relationship between trauma number and dissociation symptoms controlling for demographics.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder, anger, and dissociative symptoms. ," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

  • Ruby Charak. "The underlying role of anger in posttraumatic stress disorder.," 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA (November 2016)

Current Courses

PSYC 6301 01 - Psych Statistics:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PSYC 4360 91L - Clinical & Counseling Psyc:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses