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Chicago | Core Faculty, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Neal Rubin, Ph.D., ABBP



In my view, there is a certain reciprocity in the educational space. Teachers bring their expertise to the context, imparting their knowledge, spirit, curiosity and love of learning. Students arrive in the same space eager to learn and grow from a range of experiences designed to promote their intellectual and personal growth. In this dynamic process, the student’s development propels the learning environment forward as students generate new ideas, new perspectives and new challenges that are uplifting not only for themselves and their fellow students, but may be inspiring and edifying for their teachers as well. The secret is that we teach to learn and what we learn we teach. So, in the educational space, then, all are learners and all are teachers.

Students and faculty are drawn to Adler University’s devotion to social responsibility. My approach to the social justice emphasis of the university is that I begin with human rights. Regardless of the individual social justice issue under consideration, I view human rights as fundamental, underpinning the range of social justice concerns. These rights are universal, indivisible and inalienable. They provide the foundation for our aspirations to create a world characterized by justice, equality and human dignity for all persons and all peoples. If we work toward the realization of respect for these rights, we will be contributing to a more socially just world, uplifting all of humanity, locally, national and globally.



  • Ph.D., Committee on Human Development, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Committee on Human Development, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Social Justice
  • International Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic Theory and Therapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Scientific Freedom and Responsibility
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (CSFR), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • President, Division of International Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Representative, United Nations NGO Team, American Psychological Association (APA)
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Rubin, N. & Flores, R. (Forthcoming 2020). The Cambridge handbook of psychology and human rights. London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rubin, N.S., Flores, R.L., Gary, J.M., Nolan, S. & Ober, T.M. (Forthcoming 2020). Psychology, human rights, and the implementation of the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In Rubin, N. & Flores, R. (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of psychology and human rights. London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Vazquez, C. & Rubin, N. (2017). Voices of youth in psychology at the UN: 2016-2017 interns. Psychology International, 28 (3), 11-15.
  • Rubin, N. & Bortnik, K. (2017). UN Matters: The march for science, the human right to science and the benefits of psychological science. Psychology International, 28(2), 12-17.
  • Reprinted as: Rubin, N. & Bortnik, K. (2017). The march for science, the human right to science and the benefits of psychological science. PsyTalk, (3), published by the Psychological Society of South Africa.
  • Flores, R., Gaba, A., Jaipal, R., Quintero, N., & Rubin, N. (2017). From surviving to thriving: The role of mental health in facilitating global health and attaining sustainable development. In C. Stout (Ed.) Why global health matters (492-515). CreateSpace Publishing.
  • Rubin, N. & Flores, R. (2017). UN Matters: A new Secretary General, a new UN vision as psychologists
    contribute to the 2030 global agenda. Psychology International, 28(1), 13-17.
  • Gary, J. & Rubin, N. (2016). UN Matters: Rejecting ageism: Psychological perspectives and international human rights law. Psychology International, 27(4), 13-17.
  • Gary, J. & Rubin, N. (2016). UN Matters: Issues facing international psychology: APA interns respond. Psychology International, 27(3), 15-16.
  • Gary, J. & Rubin, N. (2016). Sport promoting human development and well-being: Psychological components of sustainability. UN Chronicle, LIII (2), 30-32.
  • Gary, J. & Rubin, N. (2016). UN Matters: International decade for people of African descent. Psychology International, 27(2), 16-20.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Rubin, N.S., Flores, R.L. & Velez, G. (Co-chairs). (August 2019). Doing no harm: Psychologists promoting human rights and human dignity in the 21st century. Conversation hour presented at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Rubin, N.S. (Moderator). (August 2019). In R.L. Flores, (Chair), Psychological contributions to gender equ[al]ity: Sharing perspectives from the United Nations. Symposium presented at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Rubin, N.S, Bortnik, K., & Valente, E. (August 2018). In an era devaluing knowledge: The human right to science. In R.L. Flores, (Chair), Psychology’s contributions to ensuring human rights: Implications for science, practice, policy and advocacy. Symposium presented at the 126th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Rubin, N. (2018). From analytic anonymity to human rights advocacy: A psychologist’s perspective from the United Nations. Wednesday Psychoanalytic Symposium, Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rubin, N. (2017). A psychologist’s international human rights perspective. In M. Tansey (Moderator), Town Hall: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rubin, N. (2017). When greed goes unchecked: Big oil and human rights in Indian country. In W. Peters (Chair), Economic booms and the potential for collateral damage. Presented at the 125th meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Rubin, N. (2017). Psychologists working for human rights. In G. Velez (Chair), Psychology and human rights, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Rubin, N. (2016). In N. Rubin (Chair), Seeking harmony in diverse places unknown: The plight of immigrants and refugees in the 21st century. Presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.


  • National Service Leadership Recognition Award, National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), 1/2020
  • Inaugural Fellow, Dyson College Center for Global Psychology (DCCGP), Pace University, 2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Argosy University, Chicago, 2012
  • Exemplary Professor Award, Student Government Association, Argosy University, Chicago, 2012
  • Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association, 2010
  • University Scholar, Outstanding Faculty Award, Argosy University, Chicago, 2009
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, 2009 (Division 52), 2014 (Division 39)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, 2008
  • Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology, 2008

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