Aaron Reuben

Aaron Reuben



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 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

Newbury, Joanne B., et al. “Lead Exposure as a Confounding Factor in the Association of Air Pollution Exposure and Psychotic Experiences-Reply.Jama Psychiatry, vol. 76, no. 10, Oct. 2019, pp. 1096–97. 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


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