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.
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. “Elevated Hair Mercury Levels Are Associated With Neurodevelopmental Deficits in Children Living Near Artisanal and Small‐Scale Gold Mining in Peru.” Geohealth, vol. 4, no. 5, American Geophysical Union (AGU), May 2020. Crossref, doi:10.1029/2019gh000222. Full Text
Caspi, Avshalom, et al. “Longitudinal Assessment of Mental Health Disorders and Comorbidities Across 4 Decades Among Participants in the Dunedin Birth Cohort Study.” Jama Network Open, vol. 3, no. 4, Apr. 2020, p. e203221. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3221. Full Text
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. “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, vol. 317, no. 12, Mar. 2017, pp. 1244–51. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1712. Full Text