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Kenneth Rubin (HDQM)
Kenneth Rubin
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Phone: (301) 405-0458

Kenneth Rubin (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
Professor; Developmental Science Program
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

Research Labs, Centers, Affiliations and Special Appointments:
The Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture
Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships


Research Interests | Bio | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |

Research Interests

social development; developmental psychopathology; peer relationships; parenting and parent-child relationships; culture


Professional Biography

Kenneth H. Rubin (B.A., McGill University, 1968; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1971) is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology and Founding Director, Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at theUniversity of Maryland.  Rubin’s research interests are focused on such topics as social, emotional, and personality development; social competence; social cognition; play; aggression; social withdrawal/behavioral inhibition/shyness; peer relationships and friendship; parenting and parent-child relationships; and cross-cultural studies. Many of his over 300 peer-reviewed publications have been co-authored by colleagues on five continents. 

As Director, International Consortium on the Study of Children, Relationships, and Culture (research sites include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Korea, Oman, Portugal, and the USA), he and his colleagues have studied social and emotional development from cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Rubin’s current projects include a National Institute of Mental Health funded 12-year longitudinal research project entitled ‘Friendship and psychosocial adjustment in middle childhood and adolescence;’ a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded project ‘Social outcomes in pediatric traumatic brain injury;’ and a National Institute of Mental Health funded project (with Professor Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Psychology Department), “A Multi-Component Early Intervention for Socially Inhibited Preschool Children.

Rubin was the elected President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (1998-2002), an elected member of the Society for Research in Child Development Governing Council (2009-2015), and an elected member of the American Psychological Association, Developmental Psychology Division Executive Board (1987-1990).  He has served as Associate Editor of Child Development (1981-1984; 1998-2001). In addition, he has been a member of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study section on Human Development and Aging as well as the National Institute of Mental Health’s study section on Risk and Prevention.

Rubin is a Fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, the Association of Psychological Science, and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development.  Among his honors are the Society for Research in Child Development Award for distinguished Contributions to Understanding International, Cultural and Contextual Diversity in Child Development; the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Research and Theory in Behavioral Development; the Developmental Psychology Mentor Award of the American Psychological Association; the Pickering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Psychology in Canada; and the Killam Research Fellowship (Canada Council). 

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Selected Publications

Books: (see CV for complete list)

Rubin, K.H. & Coplan, R.J. (2010). The Development of Shyness and Social Withdrawal.  New York: Guilford.

Gazelle, H. & Rubin, K.H. (2010). Social Anxiety in Childhood: Bridging Developmental and Clinical Perspectives.  New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, Vol. 127. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Chen, X. & Rubin, K.H. (2011). Socioemotional Development in Cultural Context. New York: Guilford.

Chapters: (Last 2 Years Only; see CV for complete list)

Rubin, K. (2014).  On solitude.  In R. Coplan & J.C. Bowker (Eds.) A handbook of solitude: Psychological perspectives on social isolation, social withdrawal, and being alone. New York: Wiley.

Rubin, K.H., Bukowski, W., & Bowker, J. (2015).  Children in peer groups.  In M. Bornstein & T. Leventhal (Volume Eds.) and RM. Lerner (Series Ed.), Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (formerly The Handbook of Child Psychology), Seventh Edition, Volume Four: Ecological Settings and Processes. pp. 175-222.  New York: Wiley. 

Rubin, K.H., Coplan, R. Chen, X., Bowker, J.C., McDonald, K. & Heverly-Fitt, S.* (2015).  Peer relationships in childhood. In M. H. Bornstein & M.E. Lamb (Eds.), Developmental Science: An Advanced Textbook.  (7th edition). Pp. 591-649.  New York: Psychology Press.

Coplan, R.J., Ooi, L., Kirkpatrick, A., & Rubin, K.H (2015). Social and nonsocial play. In D.P. Fromberg & D. Bergen (Eds.), Play from birth to Twelve: Contexts, perspectives, and meanings – 3rd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Last 2 Years Only; see CV for complete list)

Yeates, K., Bigler, E., Abildskov, T., Dennis, M, Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., Rubin, K.H., Stancin, T., & Taylor, H. G. (2014).  Social competence in pediatric traumatic brain injury: From brain to behavior. Clinical Psychological Science, 2(1) 97–107. DOI:10.1177/2167702613499734

McDonald, K.L., Malti, T., Killen, M., & Rubin, K.H.  (2014). Best friends’ discussions of social dilemmas.   Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 233-244. DOI 10.1007/s10964-013-9961-1

Bonassi, B. C., Vieira, M. L., Faraco, A.M.X., & Rubin, K.H. (2014).  A criança amada e odiada: uma análise do statuscontroverso. (The beloved and hated child: Examining controversial status). Revista de Ciências Humanas, 47, 4-15.\>

Rubin, K.H. & Barstead, M.G. (2014). Gender differences in child and adolescent social withdrawal: A commentary. Sex Roles, 70, 274-284.  DOI: 10.1007/s11199-014-0357-9

Heverly-Fitt, S., Wimsatt, M.A., Menzer, M.M., Rubin, K.H., Dennis, M., Taylor., H.G., Stancin, T., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K.,  Bigler, E.D., & Yeates, K.O.  (2014). Friendship quality and psychosocial outcomes among children with traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(7), 684-93 doi: 10.1017/S1355617714000393

Murray, K.W., Dwyer, K. M., Rubin, K.H., Booth-LaForce, C. & Knighton-Wisor, S.* (2014). Parent-child relationships, parental psychological control, and aggression: Maternal and paternal relations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 1361–1373, DOI:10.1007/s10964-013-0019-1

Correia, J., Santos, A. J., Freitas, M., Rosado, A., & Rubin, K. (2014) Análise fatorial confirmatória do Extended Class Play numa amostra portuguesa de jovens adolescentes. (Confirmatory factor analysis of the Extended Class Play in a Portuguese sample of young adolescents). Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 27(3),  462-471. DOI: 10.1590/1678-7153.201427306

Robinson, K.E., Fountain-Zaragoza, S., Dennis, M., Taylor, H.G., Bigler, E., Rubin, K.H., Vannatta, K., Gerhardt, C., Stancin, T., Yeates, K.O.  (2014). Executive functions and theory of mind as predictors of social adjustment in childhood traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Neurotrauma, 31, 1835–1842.  DOI: 10.1089/neu.2014.3422

Correia, J.V.; Santos, A.J.; Freitas, Miguel; Ribeiro, O.; Fernandes, E.; & Rubin, K.H.. (2014). As relações de pares de jovens socialmente retraídos, Análise Psicológica 32, 3: 353 - 366. doi: 10.14417/ap.870\

Hiatt, C., Laursen, B., Mooney, K.S., & Rubin, K.H. (2015). Forms of friendship:  A person-centered assessment of the quality, stability, and outcomes of different types of adolescent friends. Personality and Individual Differences, 77, 149-155.

Wolfe, K.R., Bigler, E., Dennis, M., Gerhardt, C., Rubin, K.H., Taylor, H.G., Vannatta, K., & Yeates, K.O. (2015). Self-awareness of peer-rated social attributes in children with traumatic brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40, 272-284.  doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsu060\

Ribeiro, O., Santos, A.J., Freitas, M., Correia, J.V., & Rubin, K.H. (2015). O retraimento social em adolescentes: Um estudo descritivo do seu ajustamento sócio-emocional segundo a perspectiva dos professors. (Social Withdrawal in Adolescents: A Descriptive Study of their Socio-Emotional Adjustment from Teachers’ Perspectives).  Temas em Psicologia, 23(2), 255-267. DOI: 10.9788/TP2015.2-02

Chronis-Tuscano, A., Rubin, K.H., O’Brien, K.A., Coplan, R.J., Thomas, S.R., Dougherty, L.R., Cheah, C.S.L, Watts, K., Heverly-Fitt, S., Huggins, S.L., Menzer, M., Schulz Begle, A., & Wimsatt, M.  (2015).  Preliminary evaluation of a multi-modal early intervention program for behaviorally inhibited preschoolers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.83(3), 534-540.

Bigler, E.D., Jantz, P.B., Farrer, T.J., Abildskov, T.J., Dennis, M., Gerhardt, C., Rubin, K.H., Stancin, T., Taylor, H.G., Vannatta, K., & Yeates, K.O. (2015).  Day of Injury CT and Late MRI Findings and Cognitive Outcome in a Pediatric Sample with Complicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury, 29, 1062-1070.  doi: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1011234

Wang, J.M., Hartl, A.C., Laursen, B., Booth-LaForce, & Rubin, K.H.  (2015, online).  Associations between personality and physical aggression in Chinese and U.S. adolescents: The mediating role of temper.  Journal of Early Adolescence. DOI: 10.1177/0272431615588953

Heverly-Fitt, S., Rubin, K.H., Dennis, M., Gerhardt, C.A., Vannatta, K., Taylor., H.G., Bigler, E.D., & Yeates, K.O.  (2015, online).  Investigating a proposed model of social competence in children with traumatic brain injuries. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsv085

Laursen, B., Pursell, G., DeLay, D., Richmond, A., & Rubin, K.H.  (2015, online).  Youth negative affect attenuates associations between compromise and mother-adolescent conflict outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0288-2

Moran, L.M., Bigler, E., Dennis, M., Gerhardt, C. A., Rubin, K. H., Stancin, T., Taylor, H. G., Vannatta, K. A., & Yeates, K. O. (2015, online).  Social problem solving and social adjustment in pediatric traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1075140

Neves Nunes, S.A., Faraco, A. M.X., Vieira, M.L., Lisboa, C.S.M. & Rubin, K.H. (in press). Relação entre práticas parentais e problemas de externalização e internalização: papel mediador do vínculo do apego.  Revista Interação em Psicologia.

Malti, T., McDonald, K.L., Rubin, K.H., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Booth-LaForce, C.  (in press) Developmental trajectories of peer-reported aggressive behavior: The role of friendship understanding, friendship quality, and friends’ aggressive behavior. Psychology of Violence.

Root, A., Wimsatt, M.A., Rubin, K.H., Bigler, E.D., Dennis, M., Gerhardt, C., Stancin, T., Taylor, H.G., Vannatta, K., & Yeates, K.O. (in press).  The parenting experiences of children with traumatic brain injury: Associations with social adjustment. Journal Applied Developmental Psychology.

Root, A., Hastings, P., & Rubin, K.H.  (in press).  Maternal social anxiety and parenting behaviors:  The moderating role of vagal tone.  Journal of Child and Family Studies.

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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

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