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.

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

Pearson, Amber L., et al. “Increased Use of Porch or Backyard Nature during COVID-19 Associated with Lower Stress and Better Symptom Experience among Breast Cancer Patients.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 17, Aug. 2021. Epmc, doi:10.3390/ijerph18179102. Full Text

Gehred, Maria Z., et al. “Long-term Neural Embedding of Childhood Adversity in a Population-Representative Birth Cohort Followed for 5 Decades.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 90, no. 3, Aug. 2021, pp. 182–93. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.02.971. Full Text

Latham, Rachel M., et al. “Childhood exposure to ambient air pollution and predicting individual risk of depression onset in UK adolescents.J Psychiatr Res, vol. 138, June 2021, pp. 60–67. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.03.042. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of Air Pollution Exposure in Childhood and Adolescence With Psychopathology at the Transition to Adulthood.Jama Network Open, vol. 4, no. 4, Apr. 2021, p. e217508. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.7508. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of neighborhood parks with child health in the United States.Preventive Medicine, vol. 141, Dec. 2020, p. 106265. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106265. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With MRI Measurements of Structural Brain Integrity in Midlife.Jama, vol. 324, no. 19, Nov. 2020, pp. 1970–79. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jama.2020.19998. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage in Childhood With DNA Methylation in Young Adulthood.Jama Network Open, vol. 3, no. 6, June 2020, p. e206095. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.6095. Full Text

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, May 2020, p. e2019GH000222. Epmc, 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

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