Adrian Rus

Name: Adrian Rus 

Title/Position: Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Discipline: Psychology

Year Hired: 2013

Education:
Ph.D. Philosophy, Texas Christian University, 2012
M.S., Psychology, Texas Christian University, 2010
M.s., Psycho-Diagnosis, Counseling & Psychotherapy, Dimitrie Cantemir University of Tirgu-Mures, Romania, 2007
B.S., Socio-Psycho Pedagogy, Dimitrie Cantemir University of Tirgu-Mures, Romania, 2004

Professional Organizations and Affiliations:
American Psychology Association (APA)
Oklahoma Counseling Association (OCA)
Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC)

Area/s of Specialty
: Child abuse, neglect and institutionalization; Foster care; Public health

Courses Taught:
Biological Psychology
Dynamic of Troubled Families
Conflict Management and Resolution
Introduction to Sociology
Counseling Ethnic Groups and Minorities
Theories and Practice of Group Work
Marriage and Family
Interpersonal Relationships
Cultural Competency
Abnormal Psychology
Positive Psychology
Dealing With Loss and the Grieving Process
Children in the Global Community

Office Location: Robertson R-102

Campus Phone Number: 405-789-7661 x 3467

Email Address: adrian.rus@swcu.edu

Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests:

Studying the effects of institutionalization, abuse and neglect on Romanian children
Adapting specialized mental health measures for Romanian children in care
Studying the predictors of the prenatal care utilization of Romanian mothers
Studying the hemoglobin concentration in Romanian infants
Studying the parenting patterns of Romanian parents

Publications:

Stativa, E., Rus, A. V., Suciu, N., Pennings, J. S., Butterfield, M. E., Wenyika, R., Webster, R. (2014). Characteristics and Prenatal Care Utilization of Romanian Pregnant Women. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care; Early Online: 1-7. DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2014.907399 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/13625187.2014.907399 (2013 Impact Factor 1.835)

Rus, A. V., Butterfield, M. E., Cross, D. R., Purvis, K. S., Parris, S. R., & Cliff, S. (2014) Early Care Experiences and Later Functioning of Romanian Foster Children. Review of Research and Social Intervention 44, 20-43. http://www.rcis.ro/images/documente/rcis44_02.pdf. (2013 Impact Factor 1.414)

Rus, A. V., Stativa, E., Pennings, J. S., Cross, D. R., Ekas, N., Purvis, K., & Parris, S. R., (2013). Severe Punishment of Children by Staff in Romanian Placement Centers for School-Aged Children: Effects of Child and Institutional Characteristics. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(12), 1152-1162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.07.003 (2013 Impact Factor 2.135)

Rus, A. V., Ito-Jäger, S., Parris, S. R., Cross, D., Purvis, K. and Drăghici, S. (2013), Behavioural and Emotional Profiles of Romanian Foster Children: A Brief Report. Child Abuse Review. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.2248/abstract (2013 Impact Factor 0.787)

Rus, A. V., & Parris, S. R. (2013). Relationship between neurotransmitters, behavior, and maltreatment: A review. Journal of Romanian Child and Adolescent Neurology and Psychiatry, 16(2), 7-22. http://www.snpcar.ro/articole/507.pdf

Tomuletiu, E. A., Rus, A. V. (2012), Organizational revitalization through continuous training -European funded project. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: NapocaStar.

Rus, A. V., Parris, S., Cross, D., Purvis, K., & Draghici, S. (2011). Reforming the Romanian Child Welfare System: 1990-2010. Review of Research and Social Intervention, 34, 56-72. http://www.rcis.ro/en/section1/45-volumul-342011septembrie/384-reforming-the-romanian-child-welfare-system-1990-2010.html (2014 Impact Factor 0.787)

Rus, A. V., Parris, S., Cross, D., & Purvis, K., (2010). Romanian Institutionalized Children’s Privation and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological System Theory. In Research, Education and Development: Symposium Proceedings. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Risoprint Publishing House.

Rus, A. V. (2006). Educational program for postinstitutionalized teens. In Cimpean, A. E. (2006). Educatia pe tot parcursul vietii. Semnificatii si continut. Tirgu-Mures, University Press.

Rus, A. V. (2006). Cooperative learning. In Cimpean, A. E. (2006). Educatia pe tot parcursul vietii. Semnificatii si continut. Tirgu-Mures, University Press.

Conference Presentations/Posters: 
Butterfield, M. E., Rus, A. V., Stativa, E., Pennings, J. S., Burcea, G., Wenyika, R., & Rookard, G. (April, 2014). Secrecy and adult legitimization predict bullying in Romanian institutionalized children. Poster presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

Elizabath Balderas, LaDawna Campbell, Sara Foster, Kaylee Gernandt, Callie Hollis, Jonathan Maloy, Alexandra Meyer, Rejoice Mgala, Faith Mincher, Lyndsay Queen, Wynter Raghoebar, Adrian V. Rus, Ariel Still, Martese Williams, and Rebecca Webster (April, 2014). Exposure to Media Violence and Empathy in College Students. Poster presented at 2014 Southern Nazarene University Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Jonathan T. Maloy, Cody J. Barlow, Adrian V. Rus, Ecaterina Stativa, Jacquelyn S. Pennings, Max E. Butterfield, Sheri R. Parris (April, 2014). Sexual Abuse and Awareness in Romanian Placement Centers for School-Aged Children: Effects of Child and Institutional Characteristics. Poster presented at 2014 Southern Nazarene University Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Chloe Thomas, Ariel Stilwell, Ecaterina Stativa, Adrian V. Rus, Alin Stanescu, Jacquelyn S. Pennings, Max E. Butterfield, Sheri R. Parris (April, 2014). Hemoglobin Concentration in Romanian Infants: Impact of Child Nutrition, Maternal Prenatal and Postnatal Behaviors. Poster presented 2014 Southern Nazarene University Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Butterfield, M. E., Rus, A. V., Stativa, E., Pennings, J. S., Burcea, G., Wenyika, R., & Rookard, G. (Accepted for presentation; April, 2014). Secrecy and adult legitimization predict bullying in Romanian institutionalized children. Poster presented at the 94thannual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

Rus, A. V. (April, 2013). A Short History of Romanian Child Protection Services. Paper/PowerPoint presented at History and Christian Thought Forum, Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, OK, USA.

Rus, A. V., Stativa, E., Parris, S., Daniel, K., Bolcar, M., & Cross, D. (April, 2012). Child Abuse in Residential Care Institutions in Romania. Poster presented at Student Research Symposium, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Rus, A. V. (December, 2012). The Child Deprivation and Abuse in Residential Care Institutions in Romania. Texas Christian University, Children in the Global Community Class.

Rus, A. V. (September, 2011). The Privation within Romanian Institutions. Texas Christian University, TX, USA (Children in the Global Community Class).

Rus, A. V., Drăghici, S., Ito-Jäger, S., Parris, S., Cross, D., & Purvis, K. (April, 2011). Behavioral and Emotional Profiles of Romanian Foster Children: A Brief Report. Poster presented at Student Research Symposium, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Rus, A. V., Draghici, S., Parris, S., Ito-Jäger, S., Cross, D., & Purvis, K., (April, 2011). Institutional Pathways and Foster Parenting: Effects on Romanian Foster Children. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Ito-Jäger, S., Cross, D., Rus, A. V., & Purvis, K. (April, 2011). Effects of attachment avoidance and perceived partner support on cortisol, state anxiety, and state positive affect. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Rus, A. V. (December, 2009). The Effect of Abuse, Neglect or/and Abandonment on Children Development Reared within Romanian Family-Type Services (Foster Families). Texas Christian University, Special Topics in Social Psychology & Personality Meeting.

Rus, A. V., Pennings, J.S., Cross, D.R., Purvis, K.B., Kellerman, G. (April, 2009). Neurotransmitter Profiles of Romanian Infants and Toddlers. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Rus, A. V. (October, 2007). Relationship between openness to experience, as a personality trait, and vocational interests. Paper presented at the International Conference “Regional Development and Multiculturality in the European Union” (October, 26-27, 2007, Dimitrie Cantemir University of Tirgu-Mures).

Rus, A. V., Popa, O. C. (October, 2007). Interdependenta dintre abilitatea generala de invatare si aptitudinea verbala in cadrul sistemului cognitiv. Paper presented at the International Conference “Regional Development and Multiculturality in the European Union” (October, 26-27, 2007, Dimitrie Cantemir University of Tirgu-Mures).

Mission/Passion: Whether I am teaching, mentoring undergraduates, conducting research, volunteering in the community, or living the more mundane aspects of my day-to-day life, it is Christ’s call that I seek to fulfill.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:14-16

Personal Interests: I love to spend time with my wife, Iulia, and my two children.

Hometown: Tirgu-Mures, Romania