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, 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