Aaron Reuben

Aaron Reuben



Aaron is a clinical psychology PhD student interested in the role of the physical environment in modulating mental health and the pace of aging in adults and elderly populations. Aaron holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Neuroscience & Behavior and English Literature and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University. He is a former study coordinator for Columbia University's Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain.

Before coming to Duke Aaron worked at the intersection of environmental stewardship and public health as an environmental policy researcher at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, an environmental policy intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and a science communicator and advocate at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Through new research he hopes to fuse the fields of clinical neuropsychology, mental health and degenerative disease epidemiology, and environmental protection and natural resource conservation.

In his free time Aaron moonlights as a writer, contributing stories on nature and neuroscience to Mother Jones, Scientific American, and the Atlantic, among others.

Selected Grants

Evaluating neurodegenerative risk in middle-aged adults exposed to lead as children awarded by National Institutes of Health (PI-Fellow). 2018 to 2021

Roberts, S, Arseneault, L, Barratt, B, Beevers, S, Danese, A, Odgers, CL, Moffitt, TE, Reuben, A, Kelly, FJ, and Fisher, HL. "Exploration of NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution and mental health problems using high-resolution data in London-based children from a UK longitudinal cohort study." Psychiatry Research 272 (February 2019): 8-17. Full Text

Reuben, A, Schaefer, JD, Moffitt, TE, Broadbent, J, Harrington, H, Houts, RM, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Caspi, A. "Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With Adult Personality Traits and Lifelong Mental Health." Jama Psychiatry (January 23, 2019). Full Text

Beckley, AL, Caspi, A, Broadbent, J, Harrington, H, Houts, RM, Poulton, R, Ramrakha, S, Reuben, A, and Moffitt, TE. "Association of Childhood Blood Lead Levels With Criminal Offending." Jama Pediatrics 172.2 (February 2018): 166-173. Full Text

Reuben, A, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Broadbent, J, Harrington, H, Sugden, K, Houts, RM, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Association of Childhood Blood Lead Levels With Cognitive Function and Socioeconomic Status at Age 38 Years and With IQ Change and Socioeconomic Mobility Between Childhood and Adulthood." Jama 317.12 (March 2017): 1244-1251. Full Text

Reuben, A, Moffitt, TE, Caspi, A, Belsky, DW, Harrington, H, Schroeder, F, Hogan, S, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Danese, A. "Lest we forget: comparing retrospective and prospective assessments of adverse childhood experiences in the prediction of adult health." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines 57.10 (October 2016): 1103-1112. Full Text

Hsu, A, Reuben, A, Shindell, D, de Sherbinin, A, and Levy, M. "Toward the next generation of air quality monitoring indicators." Atmospheric Environment 80 (December 1, 2013): 561-570. Full Text

Stern, Y, Rakitin, BC, Habeck, C, Gazes, Y, Steffener, J, Kumar, A, and Reuben, A. "Task difficulty modulates young-old differences in network expression." Brain Research 1435 (January 2012): 130-145. Full Text

Steffener, J, Reuben, A, Rakitin, BC, and Stern, Y. "Supporting performance in the face of age-related neural changes: testing mechanistic roles of cognitive reserve." Brain Imaging and Behavior 5.3 (September 2011): 212-221. Full Text

Reuben, A, Brickman, AM, Muraskin, J, Steffener, J, and Stern, Y. "Hippocampal atrophy relates to fluid intelligence decline in the elderly." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : Jins 17.1 (January 2011): 56-61. Full Text