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Matthew Ruiz

Matthew Ruiz 


Professor of Kinesiology
Director of Graduate Studies in Exercise and Nutrition


Matthew Ruiz joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2015 as an associate professor of kinesiology. From 2006-2015 he served as a tenured faculty member, department chair, and 2015 Professor of the Year at Huntington University (Indiana). He was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in Exercise & Nutrition Science in 2017. He was promoted to the rank of Professor and tenured in 2019. He served as the Presidential Faculty Fellow during the 2019-2020 academic year.
He earned a B.S. degree in athletic training & exercise science from Lipscomb University, an M.S. degree in exercise science & sport studies with a concentration in sport & exercise psychology from Springfield College (Massachusetts), a Ph.D. in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport & exercise psychology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in leadership from Lipscomb.

Dr. Ruiz has conducted applied sport and performance psychology consultation since 2001 with coaches, athletes, parents/family of athletes, sport medicine professionals, sport teams, exercise participants & leaders, and business & academic professionals on topics such as anxiety & arousal management, communication, concentration, confidence, conflict management, decision-making skills, goal setting, imagery, leadership, peak performance & flow, performance enhancement, feedback, positive reinforcement, staleness & burnout, psychology of injury/rehabilitation, motivation, relaxation, stress management, team building & cohesion, and teamwork.

His research interests include the relationship between positive psychology and physical activity performance, and the relationship between Christianity and sport. Ruiz has recently presented papers at conferences around the country and internationally, including the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport & Christianity at York St. John University in York, UK on the psychotheology of losing, the American Psychological Association Convention and the Second Global Congress on Sport & Christianity on race, religion, and college sports. His writings have been published in journals such as Current Orthopaedic Practice, Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, and the Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, & Sport Studies.
Ruiz is an active member of the APA, Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology (APA Division 47), Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the Christian Society of Kinesiology, Leisure & Sport Studies, where he served as a board member (2011-2015), president (2015-2017), treasurer (2019-current), and conference host (2017, 2020).