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

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Implications of legacy lead for children's brain development.Nature Medicine, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 23–25. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41591-019-0731-9. Full Text

Newbury, Joanne B., et al. “Lead Exposure as a Confounding Factor in the Association of Air Pollution Exposure and Psychotic Experiences-Reply.Jama Psychiatry, July 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.1699. Full Text

Baldwin, Jessie R., et al. “Agreement Between Prospective and Retrospective Measures of Childhood Maltreatment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.Jama Psychiatry, vol. 76, no. 6, June 2019, pp. 584–93. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0097. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Residential neighborhood greenery and children's cognitive development.Social Science & Medicine (1982), vol. 230, June 2019, pp. 271–79. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.029. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With Adult Personality Traits and Lifelong Mental Health.Jama Psychiatry, vol. 76, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 418–25. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4192. Full Text

Roberts, Susanna, et al. “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, vol. 272, Feb. 2019, pp. 8–17. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.050. Full Text

Beckley, Amber L., et al. “Association of Childhood Blood Lead Levels With Criminal Offending.Jama Pediatrics, vol. 172, no. 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 166–73. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4005. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “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, vol. 57, no. 10, Oct. 2016, pp. 1103–12. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jcpp.12621. Full Text

Hsu, A., et al. “Toward the next generation of air quality monitoring indicators.” Atmospheric Environment, vol. 80, Dec. 2013, pp. 561–70. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.07.036. Full Text