Carolyn Rubin, Ed.D.


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts CTSI
Community Health Department

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3444
Fax: 617.636.4017

Teaching Area(s):

In Fall 2017, Dr. Rubin will be teaching a new field class that looks at place-based public health practice in Boston Chinatown (PH-0289, Introduction to Building Healthy Communities)


In her teaching, Dr. Rubin utilizes experiential, art-based, hands-on pedagogical strategies to create a productive learning community for students. She is committed to teaching and mentoring that challenges students to be creative and empowered in directing their own learning paths, while honoring the history of their families and communities.

Research Interest(s):

Dr. Carolyn L. Rubin is a social scientist trained in theories of racial and ethnic inequality, immigration, community development and qualitative methods. Her research agenda focuses on using collaborative community research partnerships to address health disparities in underserved communities in Boston. She has led community-based participatory research projects related to Asian women’s health and also developed research capacity-building programs for community partners. Currently, she is co-investigator on two community-engaged projects, one with the Asian Community Development Corporation that looks at the impact of stable housing on health outcomes, and the second with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood that looks at the role of arts and culture in promoting social cohesion and social networks.  Dr. Rubin also directs the ADAPT Coalition, (Addressing disparities in Asian populations through translational research), a project of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The ADAPT Coalition focuses on strengthening the capacity of Tufts researchers and Chinatown community partners to use community engaged research approaches to address Asian American health disparities.  Her work as a researcher and teacher is informed by twenty years of experience working as a community builder with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in various cities around the US. She grew up in San Francisco, California.