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Kristie deRuiter PhD

Kristie deRuiter, PhD

Kristie deRuiter, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology

Technology Center, Room 8304


Kristie deRuiter, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at RCC and served as the Division Chair of Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional/Public Services until 2019. She joined the College as a full-time faculty member in 2008. Previously, she taught as an associate instructor at the University of California, Riverside, an adjunct at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, and an adjunct at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA.

Dr. deRuiter is active in many committees at RCC, including the Committee Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, the Institutional Review Board, the Diversity Council, and the LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Committee.

Dr. deRuiter has experience in teaching the following courses: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Childhood, Psychology of Adolescence, and Human Sexuality.

Dr. deRuiter volunteers at the Center for Safety and Change, National Organization for Women - New York City (NOW-NYC) and is also a Volunteer Counselor at Camp Joy in Eva, TN every summer.


  • BA Psychology, University of Memphis, 2000
  • MA Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2004
  • PhD Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside, 2007


  • “Forty Under 40” award from Rockland Economic Development Corporation, 2010, recognizing emerging leaders in business and professional rank

Professional Accomplishments

  • Co-Chair, Multicultural Studies Committee, 2017
  • Chair, Institutional Review Board, 2015-2017
  • Co-Chair, Women's History Month Committee, 2009-2017
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2011-2013


  • Morris, K.L., & Spiegelman, J. (2013). Test item file for Psychology: An exploration (2nd ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Parke, R. D., Morris, K., Schofield, T., Leidy, M., Miller, M., & Flyr, M. (2006). Parent-child relationships:  Contemporary perspectives. In P. Noller & J. A. Feeney (Eds.), Close relationships: Functions, forms, and processes. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
  • Dennis, J. M., & Morris, K. L. (2005). Supplemental test bank. For E. M. Hetherington, R. D. Parke, & M. Gauvain, Child psychology: A contemporary viewpoint (6th ed). Boston, MA:  McGraw Hill.
  • Parke, R. D., Dennis, J., Flyr, M. L., Morris, K. L., Leidy, M. S., & Schofield, T. J. (2005). Fathers: Cultural & ecological perspectives. In T. Luster & L. Okagaki (Eds.), Parenting: An ecological perspective. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


Presentations (Selections)

  • "We are NOT a melting pot: How to recognize microaggressions and their effects on our everyday lives," (2015) Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Workshop
  • "How to Use in Your Course," March 10, 2014, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Workshop
  • "Understanding the Content Changes in the DSM-5," Aug. 19, 2014, and Sept. 18, 2014, at RCC
  • "Cyberbullying and Electronic Aggression: Are These the New and Improved Bullying Methods?," April 24, 2012, Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series at RCC