David C. Rubin, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-660-5732

221 Soc-Psych
Box 90086
Durham, NC 27708-0086

Email: david DOT rubin AT duke DOT edu

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Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Psychology & Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences

DIBS Faculty

Research Description

My research focuses on long-term memory for real world events and its neural basis. I explore this topic by doing brain imaging and behavioral studies on undergraduates and patient populations. Much of my current work is related to PTSD.


Ph.D., Harvard University, Psychology, 1974

M.A., Harvard University, Psychology, 1972

B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University, Physics and Psychology, 1968

Recent Publications

Rubin, D.C., Boals, A., & Berntsen, D. (2008). Memory in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Properties of voluntary and involuntary, traumatic and non-traumatic autobiographical memories in people with and without PTSD symptoms. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 137, 591-614.

Rubin, D. C., Berntsen, D., & Bohni, M. K. (2008). A memory-based model of posttraumatic stress disorder: Evaluating basic assumptions underlying the PTSD diagnosis. Psychological Review,115, 985-1011.

Wenzel, A. & Rubin, D. C. (Eds.). (2005). Cognitive methods and their application to clinical research. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Autobiographical memory
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder