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

    PSYC 6305 01 - Adv Studies Psychopathol:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PSYC 7300 04 - Thesis I:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Julian Ford, Ruby Charak, Crosby Modrowski, and Patricia Kerig. "PTSD and dissociation symptoms as mediators of the relationship between polyvictimization and psychosocial and behavioral problems among justice-involved adolescents," Journal of Trauma and Dissociation 19, no. 3 (May 2018): 325-346.

  • Ruby Charak, Julian Ford, Crosby Modrowski, and Patricia Kerig. "Polyvictimization, Emotion Dysregulation, Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Behavioral Health Problems among Justice-Involved Youth: a Latent Class Analysis," Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018): 1-12.

  • Meredith Erwin, Melissa Mitchell, Ateka Contractor, Paula Dranger, Ruby Charak, and Jon Elhai. "The relationship between distress tolerance regulation, counterfactual rumination, and PTSD symptom clusters," Comprehensive Psychiatry 82, (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018): 133-140.

  • Susan Lagdon, Jana Ross, Martin Robinson, Ateka Contractor, Ruby Charak, and Cherie Armour. "Assessing the mediating role of social support in childhood maltreatment and psychopathology among college-students in Northern Ireland.," Journal of Interpersonal Violence (February 2018).

  • 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.

  • Ruby Charak, David DiLillo, Terri Messman-Moore, and Kim Gratz. "Latent Classes of Lifetime Sexual Victimization Characteristics in Women in Emerging Adulthood: Differential Relations With Emotion Dysregulation," Psychology of Violence (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017).

  • Ruby Charak, J. de Jong, Lidewyde Berckmoes, Herman Ndayisaba, and Ria Reis. "Assessing the factor structure of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, and cumulative effect 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 Erwin, 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, (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017): 14-21.

  • 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.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Deepu George. Si Texas: Primary Care Behavioral Health Implementation Program, Methodist Health Care Ministries of South Texas, Valley Baptist Legal Foundation, and Corporation for National and Community Service , $5,100,000.00 (August 2019)

  • 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. Summer Writing Program, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, UTRGV, $2,000.00 (May 2018 - September 2018)

  • Ruby Charak. Summer Writing Program, NSF UTRGV ADVANCE Grant, $2,000.00 (May 2018 - September 2018)

  • Ruby Charak. Dyadic Sibling Relationship Quality, and Mental Health among Latinx Children in Violent Families: The Role of Intergenerational Transmission of Aggression from Abused Mother, NSF UTRGV ADVANCE, Fellowship for Proposal Development Coaching Program, (October 20, 2017 - August 31, 2018)

  • Ruby Charak. National Science Foundation (NSF) Women of Color 2018 Summer Fellowship, Jackson State University & Winston Salem State University, USA, $3,000.00 (May 2018 - May 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, NSF UTRGV STEM/SBE 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. 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 - September 2017)



Selected Presentations


  • L. Gonzalez, C. Hsieh, M. Roley-Roberts, Joseph Hovey, and Ruby Charak. "Association between childhood victimization types on suicide ideation and attempts in a sample of predominantly Latinx young adults: The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide.," Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies., Washington, DC (November 2018)

  • J Cantu, Ruby Charak, C Hsieh, S Arellano, G Dominguez, "Additive and interactive effects of cybervictimization types on depression among Hispanic emerging adults," Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC (November 2018)

  • Thomas Jozefiak, Ruby Charak, and Hans Koot. "Family functioning, sibling special needs and psychopathology as three-year predictors of quality of life change in adolescents referred for psychiatric services. ," World Psychiatric Association’s Thematic Congress (WPA), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Melbourne, Australia (February 2018)

  • Ruby Charak, Jorge Cantu, Leonilo Gonzalez, Lillianne Villarreal, Claire Hsieh, and Reymundo Ortiz. "Recent exposure to cybervictimization types perpetrated by an intimate partner, and their accumulating effect on depression among young adults. ," 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (November 2017)

  • Brianna Byllesby, X Liv, Meredith Claycomb, Nikki Christ, Ruby Charak, and Jon Elhai. "The latent relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and emotion regulation strategies.," 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (November 2017)

  • Michelle Roley-Roberts, Ruby Charak, A Jeffs, Jon Elhai, and Joesph Hovey. "The mediating role of emotion dysregulation between childhood sexual abuse and self-injury and suicide ideation. ," 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (November 2017)

  • Meredith Claycomb, Ruby Charak, Nikki Christ, X Liv, Brianna Byllesby, and Jon Elhai. "The relationship between anxiety sensitivity’s cognitive concerns, rumination’s problem-focus thoughts, and DSM-5 PTSD symptoms. ," 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (November 2017)

  • Ruby Charak, Brianna Byllesby, Meredith Claycomb, Michelle Roley-Roberts, Hans Koot, and Jon Elhai. "Unique association between childhood emotional abuse and conduct problems among adolescents from India: role of difficulties in emotion regulation. ," 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL, USA (November 2017)

  • Ruby Charak, Michiyo Hirai, Timothy Smith, J Ruiz, Jessica Dietch, and Daniel Taylor. "Assessing the dimensionality of Posttraumatic stress disorder and its association with insomnia. ," 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, San Diego, CA, USA (November 2017)

  • K. Chacon, Laura Seligman, Joseph Hovey, Ruby Charak, and Michiyo Hirai. "The moderating effect of emotion on the relationship between anxiety and childhood obesity.," Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies., San Diego, CA (November 2017)

Current Courses

PSYC 6305 01 - Adv Studies Psychopathol:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PSYC 7300 04 - Thesis I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses