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.
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
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
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
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. “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