Leah Rubin, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.H.

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  • Co-Founder/Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Brain Health Program
  • Professor of Neurology


Dr. Leah Rubin is a Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rubin received her BA from Franklin and Marshall University, a MA in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and a Ph.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Dr. Rubin’s work is dedicated to improving the cognitive and mental health of several vulnerable populations, including women and men living with HIV (both nationally and, more recently, internationally), individuals with serious mental illness, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Her broad training background allows her to use an interdisciplinary approach in her research program that incorporates epidemiological, mechanistic (e.g., structural and functional neuroimaging) and intervention science (e.g., pharmacologic challenge studies). 


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  • Co-Founder/Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Brain Health Program
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • M.A.; Loyola University (Maryland) (2002)
  • M.P.H.; University of Illinois (Chicago) (Illinois) (2015)
  • Ph.D.; University of Illinois (Chicago) (Illinois) (2009)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

View Dr. Rubin's active projects on NIH RePORTER.

Dr. Rubin’s epidemiologic and mechanistic studies have been primarily conducted in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). 

Dr. Rubin has also worked within other large-scale cohort studies including: 

  • CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) cohort
  • Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)
  • Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP)
  • Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)

More recently she has started to expand her work in the U.S. to Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Dr. Rubin is an active member of:

  • The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Neurology Collaborative Science Group (NCSG)
  • MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) Neuropsychological Working Group
  • JH Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Central Nervous System Dysfunction Scientific Working Group (SWG; co-director)
  • The Retrovirus Laboratory in JHU Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology 
  • The Canadian HIV-Ageing Multidisciplinary Programmatic Strategy (CHAMPS) in NeuroHIV.


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