Laurie Ruggiero

Laurie Ruggiero


Office Location:
321 Tower at STAR

Dr. Laurie Ruggiero is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Penn State University and her M.A. and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Ruggiero completed her clinical psychology internship in Behavioral Medicine as part of the Brown University Psychology Internship Consortium and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Brown University Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Dr. Ruggiero’s program of research focuses on (a) understanding behavioral/psychosocial aspects of obesity and diabetes; and (b) examining interventions designed to support primary/secondary/tertiary prevention related to type 2 diabetes. Her work emphasizes the development or tailoring, implementation, and evaluation of innovative technology- and/or community-based interventions designed to reach and engage at-risk underserved populations. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

One example of her intervention research is an RCT that examined the impact of medical assistant diabetes self-care coaches in supporting diabetes self-management in racial/ethnic minority populations receiving care at Federally Qualified Health Care clinics. Another example is a study that examined the impact of a 3-Dimensional virtual world approach to providing diabetes education and support to individuals with type 2 diabetes. Examples of current studies include: (a) a randomized pilot that focuses on tailoring and evaluating a computer-based health game designed to educate and engage older adults regarding healthy eating and physical activity; and (b) a 3-Dimensional virtual world approach to training community health workers in diabetes prevention.


  • Research Fellowship, Brown University Post-doctoral Fellowship Program Area: Pediatric Health Psychology
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology, Minor: Behavioral Neurology, Clinical Track: Medical Psychology
  • Clinical Internship, Brown University Psychology Internship Consortium Specialty Area: Behavioral Medicine
  • Masters of Arts (M.A.), Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Pennsylvania State University, Psychology
  • Zhu, B., Vincent, C., Kapella, M.C., Quinn, L., Collins, E.G., Ruggiero, L., Park, & C., Fritschi, C. (2017). Sleep disturbance in people with diabetes: A concept analysis. J Clin Nurs, 27(1-2):e50-e60. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14010.
  • Hernandez, R., Ruggiero, L., Prochaska, T.R., Chavez, N., Boughton, S.W., Peacock, N., Zhao, W., & Nouwen, A. (2016). A cross-sectional study of depressive symptoms and diabetes self-care in African American and Hispanic/Latinos with diabetes: The role of self-efficacy. Diabetes Educator, 42(4),452-461. doi: 10.1177/0145721716654008.
  • Peyrot, M., Egede, L.E., Funnell MM, Hsu, W.C., Ruggiero L., Siminerio, L.M., Stuckey, H.L. (2015). Ethnic differences in family member diabetes involvement and psychosocial outcome: results from the second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs (DAWN2) study in the USA. Curr Med Res Opin.,31(7), 1297-307. doi: 10.1185/03007995.2015.1043251.
  • Ruggiero, L., Moadsiri, A., Quinn, L.T., Riley, B.B., Danielson, K.K. Monahan, C., Bangs, B.A., & Gerber, B.S. (2014). Diabetes Island: Preliminary Impact of a Virtual World Self-Care Educational Intervention for African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes. JMIR Serious Games, 2(2). doi: 10.2196/games.3260.
  • Ruggiero, L., Riley, B.B., Hernandez, R, Quinn, L.T., Gerber, B., Castillo, A., Day, J., Ingram, D., Wang, Y., & Butler, P. (2014). Medical assistant coaching to support diabetes self-care among low-income racial/ethnic minority populations: randomized controlled trial. West J Nurs Res., 36(9), 1052-73. doi: 10.1177/0193945914522862.
  • Hernandez, R., Ruggiero, L., Riley, B.B., Wang, Y., Chavez, N., Quinn, L., Gerber, B.S., & Choi, YK. (2014). Correlates of self-care in low-income African American and Latino patients with diabetes. Health Psychol., 33(7), 597-607. doi: 10.1037/hea0000043.
  • Watkins, Y.J., Quinn, L.T., Ruggiero, L., Quinn, M.T., & Choi, Y.K. (2013). Spiritual and Religious Beliefs and Practices and Social Support’s Relationship to Diabetes Self-Care Activities in African Americans. Diabetes Educator, 39(2), 231-9. doi: 10.1177/0145721713475843.
  • Ruggiero, L., Castillo A, Quinn L, & Hochwert M. (2012) Translation of the diabetes prevention program’s lifestyle intervention: role of community health workers. Curr Diab Rep., 12(2), 127-37. doi: 10.1177/0145721711411107.
  • Nouwen, A., Ford, T., Balan, A.T., Twisk, J., Ruggiero, L., & White, D. (2011). Longitudinal motivational predictors of dietary self-care and diabetes control in adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus. Health Psychol., 30, 771-9. doi: 10.1037/a0024500.
  • Ruggiero, L., Oros, S., & Choi, Y.K. (2011). Community-based translation of the diabetes prevention program’s lifestyle intervention in an underserved Latino population. Diabetes Educ., 37, 564-72. doi: 10.1177/0145721711411107.
  • NIH NIMHD 5R21MD011413-03. Reaching Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities to Support Healthy
    Lifestyle Change: Virtual World Training for Community Health Workers. Role: PI.