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Carolyn Leung-Rubin, EdD, MA


Overview

Training + Education Harvard University
Gender Female

Honors + Awards

B.A. Ethnic Studies magna cum laude, 1995

Harvey Perloff Fellowship, 2000

Urban Planning Department Award for Overall Excellence, 2001

Tisch Faculty Fellows, Tufts University, 2010

NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardee,2012

Publications + National Presentations

1. Rubin CL, Allukian N, Wang X, Ghosh S, Huang CC, Wang J, Brugge D, Wong JB, Mark S, Dong S, Koch-Weser S, Parsons SK, Leslie LK, Freud KM. “We make the path by walking it:” Building an academic community partnership with Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

2. Rubin CL, Martinez LM, Chu J, Hacker K, Brugge D, Pirie A, Allukian N, Rodday AM, Leslie LK. Community-engaged pedagogy: a strengths-based approach to involving diverse stakeholders in research partnerships. Progress in Community Health Partnership. 2012; 6(4): 481-90. PMID: 23221294. Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

3. Martinez LM, Russell B, Rubin CL, Leslie LK, Brugge D. Clinical and translational research and community engagement: implications for researcher capacity building. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research. 2012; 5(4): 329-32. PMCID: PMC3420823. Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

4. Hacker K, Tendulkar SA, Rideout C, Bhuiya N, Trinh C, Savage CP, Grullon M, Strelnick H, Rubin CL, DiGirolamo A. Community Capacity Building and Sustainability: Outcomes of Community-Based Participatory Research. Progress in Community Health Partnership 2012; 6(3):349-60. PMCID: PMC3557849. Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

5. Martinez LM, Rubin CL, Russell B, Leslie LK, Brugge D. Community conceptualizations of health: Implications for transdisciplinary team science. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research 2011; 4(3): 163-67. PMCID: PMC3125606. Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

6. Hacker K, Chu J, Rubin CL, Marra R, Pirie A, Brahimi M, English M, Beckmann J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Marlin RP. The Impact of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Immigrant Health: Perceptions of Immigrants in Everett, MA. Social Science and Medicine 2011; 73(4): 586-94. PMCID: PMC3159749. Boston Chinatown. Progress in Community Health Partnership. (Forthcoming)

Biography

I am trained as a qualitative researcher and social scientist in the fields of urban planning and education. My role as a researcher is informed by fifteen years of working with Asian American communities around the country on a variety of issues including health, education and community development.

In my role at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, I work as a “bridge” between universities and different stakeholder communities interested in partnering around research. Between 2009-2011, I led a community-based participatory research (CBPR) team in the development and implementation of “Building Your Capacity” (BYC) an educational intervention aimed at improving the capacity of community partners to participate in community engaged research partnerships.

BYC has received national attention and has been used as a model for other CTSAs interested in developing similar programs. I sit on various university-wide committees including the Tufts Community Research Center and the Tufts-UMass Boston Pipeline Working Group.

Because of my background and training, my work as a researcher is also grounded in building a strong relational culture between academics and community partners. In 2011, I was awarded a two-year National Cancer Institute-funded KM1 Career Development Award to supplement my prior academic training and provide me with the tools to use comparative effectiveness and mixed methods research approaches to address Asian American health disparities, with a focus on cancer disparities using CBPR approaches.

I am also a recipient of the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Over the last year, I founded and currently co-lead Project ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research) a cross-campus network of Tufts based researchers across different schools and departments, Tufts Medical Center clinicians, administrators from various departments throughout Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, and Chinatown community partners who are working collaboratively to address health disparities in Boston Chinatown and the greater Asian American community. Our work focuses on strengthening the capacity of Tufts researchers and Chinatown community partners to use community engaged research approaches to address Asian American health disparities.

To date, we have successfully implemented three community forums to bring together academic and community stakeholders in productive dialogue about finding collaborative strategies and common ground to improve the health of Chinatown. To date, Project ADAPT has supported ten grant applications focused on Asian American health disparities. My expertise and commitment as a researcher and community builder will be offered to the proposed project on which I will be responsible for functioning as a community navigator, supporting capacity building of academics and community partners, and leading Project ADAPT.

Professional Memberships

American Association of Public Health

Research Grants

Grant Title: Career Development Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research (Selker, PI) Funding Agency: Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, KM1 Amount: $ 54,765 Period: 2011-2013 Role: Fellow

Grant Title: Cancer Center Patient Navigation Initiative (Parsons, PI) Funding Agency: Yawkey Foundation Amount: $50,000 Period: 2011-2013 Role: Investigator

Grant Title: Asian Breast Cancer Awareness Project (Rubin, PI) Funding Agency: Susan G. Komen Foundation Amount: $38,000 Period: 2012-2013 Role: Principal Investigator

Grant Title: Health Careers Opportunity Program (Brugge, PI) Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration Amount: 583.797 Period: 2009-2013 Role: Investigator

Grant Title: Best Practices in HBV Screening: Improving Screening Rates in the Greater Boston Asian Community. (Lee, PI) Funding Agency: Gilead Foundation. Amount: $ 50,000 Period: 2010-2011 Role: Program Manager, Hepatitis B Program

Grant Title: Best Practices in HBV Screening: Improving Screening Rates in the Greater Boston Asian Community. (Lee, PI) Funding Agency: New York University B Ceed Free Program Amount: $ 17,000 Period: 2010-2011 Role: Program Manager, Hepatitis B Program

Grant Title:Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Selker, PI) Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health/ National Center for Research Resources, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Amount: $2,545,135 Period: 2008-2013 Role: Program Manager, Aligning Researchers and Communities for Health

Contact Information

Phone: 617-636-8611

Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies
Tufts Medical Center
35 Kneeland Street, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02111