Lisa R. Rubin

Psychologist, PhD

Contact Info


  • Psychologist
    New York

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults 18+. I have a specialization in women’s health, with advanced training in body image and eating problems, psycho-oncology, infertility, pregnancy termination and loss, and perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety concerns.

My approach to the therapy relationship is collaborative and flexible to fit your unique needs and challenges. My clinical orientation is primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and evidence-based practice, but integrative to meet the individualized therapy needs of clients.

In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I am an professor of psychology at The New School, where I teach in the Clinical Psychology program and lead research on topics related to gender and health-related concerns.


Select Publications:
Hacker, K. S., Garzon, M. G., Shuman, S., Shenko, C., & Rubin, L. R. (2022). “I’m Getting Violated… for My Health”: Experiences of Pelvic Exams among Women with Low Incomes. Women's Reproductive Health, 9 (3), 161-182.
Farvid, P., Vance, T. A., Klein, S. L., Nikiforova, Y., Rubin, L. R., & Lopez, F. G. (2021). The health and wellbeing of transgender and gender non‐conforming people of colour in the United States: A systematic literature search and review. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 31(6), 703-731.
Pastore, L. M., Rubin, L. R., SantaBarbara, J. N., Stelling, J., & Lobel, M. (2020). Initial psychometric analysis of novel instruments to assess decisional distress and decisional uncertainty in women who have considered using preimplantation genetic testing. Prenatal diagnosis, 40(10), 1220-1227.
Panjwani, A. A., Marín-Chollom, A. M., Pervil, I. Z., Erblich, J., Rubin, L. R., Schuster, M. W., & Revenson, T. A. (2018). Illness Uncertainties Tied to Developmental Tasks Among Young Adult Survivors of Hematologic Cancers. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. DOI: 10.1089/jayao.2018.0024 
de Melo-Martín, I., Rubin, L. R., & Cholst, I. N. (2018). “I want us to be a normal family”: Toward an understanding of the functions of anonymity among US oocyte donors and recipients. American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB): Empirical Bioethics, 9, 235-351.
Genoff-Garzon, M. C., Rubin, L. R., Lobel, M., Stelling, J., & Pastore, L. M. (2017). Review of Patient Decision‐Making Factors and Attitudes Regarding Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. Clinical Genetics. doi: 10.1111/cge.13174
Rubin, L.R., de Melo-Martin, I., Rosenwaks, Z., Cholst, I. (2015). Once You’re Choosing, Nobody’s Perfect: The Role of Information in Donor Selection. Reproductive BioMedicine Online,  30, 311-318. DOI:
Steinberg, J. & Rubin, L.R. (2014). Psychological Aspects of Unintended Pregnancy, Abortion, and Contraception. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 239-247. DOI: 10.1177/2372732214549328
Rubin, L.R., Hurley, K., Werner-Lin, A., Sagi, M., Stern, R. & Cholst, I., (2014). “The BRCA Clock is Ticking!”: Negotiating Medical Concerns and Reproductive Goals in the Context of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis" Human Infertility DOI: 10.3109/14647273.2014.940003
Paul, L., *Pitagora, D., Tworecke, A., Brown, B., Rubin, L.R. (2014). The Support Needs of Sexual Minority Women with Breast Cancer: Resources and Barriers. Psycho-Oncology, 23, 578-584. DOI: 10.1002/pon.345
Rubin, L. R., Chavez, J., Alderman, A., & Pusic, A. (2013). “Use What God Has Given Me”: Difference and Disparity in Breast Reconstruction.  Psychology & Health, 28, 1099-1120. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2013.782404
Hurley, K., Rubin, L. R., Werner-Lin, A., Sagi, M., Kemel, Y., Stern, R., Phillips, A., Cholst, I., Kauff, N., Offit, K. (2012).  Incorporating information regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis into discussions concerning testing and risk management for BRCA1/2 mutations: A qualitative study of patient preferences. Cancer, 118, 6270-6277.
Hoyt, M.A. & Rubin, L.R. (2012). Gender representation of cancer patients in medical treatment and psychosocial survivorship research: Changes over three decades. Cancer, 118, 4824-4832. doi: 10.1002/cncr.27432.  *authors are listed alphabetically, and have contributed equally
Werner-Lin, A., Rubin, L.R., Doyle, M., Stern, R., Savin, K., Hurley, K., Sagi, M. (2012).  ‘My funky genetics’: BRCA1/2mutation carriers’ understanding of genetic inheritance and reproductive merger in the context of new repro-genetic technologies. Families, Systems, & Health, 30, 166-180.
Pusic, A.L., Klassen, A.F., Snell, L., Cano, S.J., McCarthy, C.M., Scott, A.M., Cemal, Y., Rubin, L.R., Cordeiro, P.G. (2012). Measuring and managing patient expectations for breast reconstruction: Impact on quality of life and patient satisfaction. Expert Rev. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes Res. 12(2), 149-58.
Hoyt, M.A., Rubin, L.R., Nemeroff, C., Lee, J., Huebner, D., Proescholdbell, R. J. (2012).  HIV/AIDS-related institutional mistrust among multi-ethnic men who have sex with men: Effects on HIV testing and risk behaviors. Health Psychology, 31, 269-277. doi: 10.1037/a0025953
Rubin, L.R. & Steinberg, J.R. (2011). Self-objectification and pregnancy: Are body functionality dimensions protective? Sex Roles. 65, 606-618. doi: 10.1007/s11199-011-9955-y
Rubin, L. & Tanenbaum, M. (2011). ‘Does that make me a woman?’: Breast cancer, mastectomy and breast reconstruction decisions among sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 401-414. doi: 10.1177/0361684310395606  
Reading, R., Rubin, L.R. (2011). Advocacy, and empowerment: Group therapy for LGBT asylum seekers. Traumatology, 17, 86-98. doi: 10.1177/1534765610395622
Denford, S., Harcourt, D., Rubin, L., & Pusic, A. (2011). Understanding normality: A qualitative analysis of breast cancer patients concepts of normality after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Psycho-Oncology, 20, 553-558.doi: 10.1002/pon.1762
Snell, L., Klassen, A., Cano, S., Rubin, L., Hurley, K. & Pusic, A., (2010). Clarifying the expectations of patients undergoing implant breast reconstruction: A qualitative study. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 126, 1825-1830. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181f44580
Fuller, C.B., Chang, D.F., & Rubin, L.R. (2009). Sliding under the radar:  Passing and power amongst sexual minorities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 3(2), 128-151.
Rubin, L.R., Russo, N.F. (2004). Abortion and mental health: What therapists need to know. Women and Therapy, 27, 69-90. 
Rubin, L.R., Nemeroff, C.J., Russo, N.F. (2004). Exploring feminist women’s body consciousness.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28, 27-37.
Rubin, L.R., Fitts, M.L., & Becker, A.E. (2003). ‘Whatever feels good in my soul’: Body Ethics and Aesthetics among African American and Latina Women. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 27, 49-75.