University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
Neuropsychiatric Institute
912 S. Wood Street, (M/C 913)
Room 324
Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone: (312) 355-5017
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Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Jamadar, R., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H.P., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (2011). Sex-specific associations between peripheral oxytocin and emotion perception in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 130, 266-270. PMID: 21684122

Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H.P., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (2010). Peripheral oxytocin is associated with reduced symptom severity in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 124, 13-21. PMID: 20947304

Article quoted in “Scientists Probe Oxytocin Therapy for Social Deficits in Autism, Schizophrenia” (JAMA. 2011;305(7):659-661). See: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/7/659.full

Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Bishop, J.R., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Harris, M.S., Hill, S.K., Reilly, J.L., & Sweeney, J.A. (2013) Peripheral vasopressin but not oxytocin relates to severity of acute psychosis in women with untreated first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research. PMID: 23465965

Weber, M., Rubin, L.H., Maki, P.M. (2013) Cognition in the perimenopause: The effect of transition stage. Menopause. PMID:23287890

Miller, L.J., McGlynn, A., Suberlak, K. Rubin, L.H., Miller, M., & Pirec, P. (2012) Now what? Effects of on-site assessment on treatment entry after perinatal depression screening. Journal of Women’s Health, 21 (10), 1046-52. PMID: 22994985

Sundermann, E., Bishop, J.R., Rubin, L.H., Aouizerat, B., Wilson, T.E., Weber, K.M., Cohen, M., Golub, E., Anastos, K., Liu, C., Crystal, H., Pearce, C.L., & Maki, P.M. HIV serostatus differs according to COMT genotype. AIDS.

Grauzas, V., Rubin, L.H., Martin, E., Weber, K., Cohen, M.H., Golub, E.T., Valcour, V., Young, M.A., Crystal, H., Anastos, K., Aouizerat, B.E., Millam, J., & Maki, P.M. (2013). HIV and recent cocaine use interact to affect verbal memory in women. JAIDS. PMID: 23392462

Maki, P.M., Rubin, L.H., Cohen, M., Golub, E.T., Greenblatt, R.M., Young, M., Schwartz, R.M., Anastos, K., & Cook, J.A. (2012). Depressive symptoms are increased in the early perimenopausal stage in ethnically diverse HIV+ and HIV- women. Menopause, 19 (11), 1215-1223. PMID: 21732738

Rubin, L.H., Cook, J.A, Grey, D.D, Weber, K., Wells, C., Golub, E.T., Wright, R.L., Schwartz, R.M., Goparaju, L., Cohan, D., Wilson, M.L., & Maki, P.M (2011). Perinatal depressive symptoms in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women: A prospective study from preconception to postpartum. Journal of Women’s Health. PMID: 21732738

Maki, P.M., Cohen, M.H., Weber, K., Little, D.M., Fornelli, D., Rubin, L.H., Perschler, P., Gould, F., & Martin, E. (2009). Impairments in memory and hippocampal function in HIV+ versus HIV- women: A preliminary study. Neurology, 72(19):1661-8. PMID: 19433739

Leah H. Rubin, PhD

research Assistant Professor

Dr. Leah Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Rubin’s primary program of research is aimed at understanding the effects of how different hormonal factors (estrogen, oxytocin, stress hormones) and different hormonal milieus (pregnancy, menopause) impact the cognitive and mental health of women including those with psychiatric illnesses and HIV.  

Dr. Rubin received her  M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Maryland in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2009. She then transitioned to a tenure-track position in the UIC Department of Psychiatry where she was supported by a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) (K12) grant. Dr. Rubin recently received NIMH funding for a K01 mentored research scientist training program to further develop her research on women’s cognitive and mental health with a specific focus on the effects of stress and stress hormones on cognition in HIV+ women.

The long-term goal of Dr. Rubin’s work is to improve the cognitive functioning and mental health of women through an interdisciplinary research career that incorporates epidemiological, mechanistic, and intervention science.  Dr. Rubin has a strong background in clinical and cognitive psychology, psychoneuroendocrinology, and epidemiologic and biostatical methods which she hopes to apply while examining the prevalence, predictors, and mechanisms related to cognitive and mental health issues.

Sex differences in schizophrenia, hormonal contributors to sex differences in schizophrenia, statistics, perinatal depression, women with HIV

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