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Mayte Restrepo-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Academic Office Location:
Public Health Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Public Health Sciences

Mayte Restrepo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UConn Health. Dr. Restrepo’s research focuses on understanding the impact of violence and adverse experiences on mental health outcomes and the buffering effects of resilience factors. She recently led the development of a data infrastructure system to track Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences in Connecticut adolescents. As a result of this work, a new data platform, the PACE data portal (, provides information on the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the state and the disparities in ACEs exposure based on gender, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This work has demonstrated the importance of using surveillance data to inform prevention efforts.

B.A.Universidad Nacional de ColombiaPsychology
M.A.University of ConnecticutInternational Studies with an Emphasis in Latin America
MPHUniversity of ConnecticutPublic Health
Ph.D.University of ConnecticutPublic Health

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Service-Learning Faculty FellowUniversity of Connecticut
Emerging Scholar FellowHarry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Dissertation Research FellowUConn Human Rights Institute
Graduate Research FellowshipUConn Institute for Human Rights
Whetten Foundation Travel FundUConn Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, El Instituto
Susan S. Addiss Award in Applied Public Health PracticeDepartment of Public Health Sciences, UConn
American Public Health Association-Maternal and Child Health FellowAmerican Public Health Association
Professional Development ScholarshipOrganization of American States
Graduate Research GrantUConn Human Rights Institute
Robert G. Mead, Jr. Fellowship in Latin American StudiesUConn Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Dr. Restrepo teaches Global Health and Mixed Methods in Public Health Research. She also teaches community engagement and qualitative methods in research.

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
UConn Office of Outreach and Engagement Steering CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn-StorrsUniversity2023
Diversity Champions Committee – UConn HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberUConn HealthLocal2023
Hispanic Health Council Board of DirectorsAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal2021
Women and Health Together for the FutureProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2021
American Public Health AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2020
Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social JusticeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2018
Graduate Public Health Curriculum Planning CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberUConn HealthLocal2016

  • Links between Social Determinants of Health (community violence, poverty, employment, education, discrimination) and multiple forms of violence impacting youth (child maltreatment, teen dating violence, bullying, school violence). 

  • Effects of adversity and violence exposure in mental health outcomes for racial/ethnic and sexual minority youth. 

  • Factors at the community level (community cohesion/trust, safety, physical environment) and interpersonal level (caring adults, family support, belongingness) that prevent or reduce the likelihood of interpersonal violence and buffer the effects of adversity on mental health problems (suicide, depression).

  • Implementation of data-to-action community-based participatory research strategies with minorities to enhance community advocacy and social change.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Plan Colombia’s Impact on the Forced Displacement Crisis. In: International Migration and Human Rights.
    Restrepo, Maria Teresa and Martinez, Samuel. University of California Press, 2009. 2009 Jan;

Case Reports

  • CE20-2006: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action (PACE: D2A) State of Connecticut Final Report
    Kathryn Parr, Mayte Restrepo-Ruiz, Jon Phillips, Juliany Polar, Jane Lee, and Carrie Gould-Kabler. UConn School of Social Work and UConn Health. 2023 Dec;


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Armed Conflict Exposure and Mental Health: Examining the Role of Imperceptible Violence (APHA).TalkAPHA Annual Meeting2023Atlanta, GA
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Contexts of Armed Conflict: The Case of Colombia (TUFH-International Virtual Conf)PosterTUFH Regional Virtual Conference for the Americas2023Virtual