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Mark Ruggles

Assistant professor

Office

214-459-2202
mruggles@argosy.edu

Education

  • B.A. Liberal Arts, Centenary College of Louisiana, 1994
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas, 1999
  • Ph.D. School Psychology, Texas Woman's University, 2006

Biography

My formal education includes a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas and a doctoral degree in school psychology (minor in pediatric neuropsychology) from Texas Woman's University. My doctoral dissertation is titled Cognitive Factors and Symptom Expression in Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Investigation of Cognitive Phenotypes and Central Coherence Performance in Relation to Symptomatology. This research required an in-depth understanding of a variety of cognitive tests, their theoretical underpinnings, and test-specific interpretive considerations. My formal education included applied assessment and intervention experiences in the following settings: a federal correctional institution; a university counseling center; government agencies; public schools. My work in the public schools has included cognitive, academic, behavioral, emotional, developmental, and educational evaluations as well as counseling and consultation services. I have coordinated a multidisciplinary autism assessment team including a speech therapist, educational diagnostician, and occupational therapist. My assessment work has required the interpretation of cognitive tests, integration of cognitive results with other sources of assessment data, consideration of exclusionary factors and variables related to culture and diversity, and the use of assessment results to design social, emotional, behavioral, and educational interventions. In the public schools, I have worked with individuals from 2 to 22 years of age. My other applied experiences have included children, young adults, and adults including individuals with dual diagnoses. These experiences afforded me opportunities such as: designing and implementing intervention programs; training direct-care staff to implement intervention programs with fidelity; participating in multidisciplinary planning meetings; collaborating with psychiatrists and monitoring medication outcomes; participating in human rights decision-making for individuals with developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses.

Expertise

  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Autism assessment and intervention
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Intervention with children and adolescents

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association

Presentations

  • Ruggles, M. (2008, November). Knowing your school's autism team: How parents and evaluators can collaborate to serve students. Presentation to Adventures in Autism conference sponsored by University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
  • Ruggles, M. (2008, August). Careers in school psychology. Presentation to Careers in Psychology and Counseling conference sponsored by Argosy University, Dallas.

Selected Lectures

  • Ruggles, M. (2008, September). Interventions for working with the autism spectrum disorders. Lecture presented to staff of Lake Dallas Independent School District.
  • Ruggles, M. (2006, August). Etiology of the autism spectrum disorders. Lecture presented to special education staff of Lake Dallas Independent School District.
  • Ruggles, M. (2006, October). Research and environmental influences on the different developmental trajectories of temperament styles. Lecture presented to general education staff, special education staff and administration of Lake Dallas Independent School District.