Aaron Reuben

Aaron Reuben

Clinical Intern, Medical University of South Carolina

Biography

Aaron is a clinical psychology PhD student at Duke University and current clinical psychology intern at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is interested in the influence of the physical environment on child and adult brain, cognitive, and emotional health, as well as the pace of brain aging in the elderly. 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.

Overview

Aaron is PhD candidate in clinical psychology. He investigates the childhood antecedents of adult disease, focusing on the role of the early life environment in adult cognitive and psychological health and aging. 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, a presidential policy intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and a science communicator and advocate at the International Union for  Conservation of Nature.

Through new research he works to fuse the fields of clinical neuropsychology, child development, psychiatric epidemiology, and environmental protection and natural resource conservation.

Aaron writes about nature, neuroscience, and public health for national magazines, including Mother Jones, Outside, Scientific American, and the Atlantic.

Stern, Yaakov, et al. “Task difficulty modulates young-old differences in network expression.Brain Research, vol. 1435, Jan. 2012, pp. 130–45. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2011.11.061. Full Text

Steffener, Jason, et al. “Supporting performance in the face of age-related neural changes: testing mechanistic roles of cognitive reserve.Brain Imaging and Behavior, vol. 5, no. 3, Sept. 2011, pp. 212–21. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s11682-011-9125-4. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Hippocampal atrophy relates to fluid intelligence decline in the elderly.Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : Jins, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 56–61. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s135561771000127x. Full Text

Steffener, Jason, et al. “Investigating hemodynamic response variability at the group level using basis functions.Neuroimage, vol. 49, no. 3, Feb. 2010, pp. 2113–22. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.11.014. Full Text

Siedlecki, Karen L., et al. “Construct validity of cognitive reserve in a multiethnic cohort: The Northern Manhattan Study.Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : Jins, vol. 15, no. 4, July 2009, pp. 558–69. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s1355617709090857. Full Text

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