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Tufts University
Dept. of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue
Suite 208
Medford, MA 02155


Carolyn Rubin, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine


Dr. Carolyn L. Rubin is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is a social scientist trained in theories of racial and ethnic inequality, immigration, community development and qualitative methods. Her research agenda focuses on using collaborative community research partnerships to address health disparities in minority and immigrant communities. She has led community-based participatory research projects related to Asian health and also developed research capacity-building programs for community partners. Dr. Rubin also leads ADAPT (Addressing disparities in Asian populations through translational research), a project of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The ADAPT initiative is focused on building an academic community research partnership between Tufts and the Chinatown community. Dr. Rubin teaches on the undergraduate campus in Medford as well on the Tufts Health Sciences campus in Chinatown. In her teaching, Dr. Rubin utilizes experiential, hands-on pedagogical strategies to create a safe and welcoming learning community for students. She is committed to teaching and mentoring that challenges students to be creative and empowered in directing their own learning paths, while honoring the history of their families and communities. Over the few years, she has served as an adjunct lecturer in Community Health teaching classes on The Health of New Immigrants and Community Mental Health. Her work as a researcher and teacher is informed by twenty years of experience working as a community builder with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in various cities around the US. She grew up in San Francisco, California. This coming year, she will be teaching a courses on Urban Health and Community Planning and Intervention Design and Evaluation.

Dr. Rubin received her BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California-San Diego, an MA in Urban Planning from the University of California-Los Angeles, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.