Rubenstein Lab

The Rubenstein Lab is focused on improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome and autism.  Epidemiology, the science of public health, is the crucial tool that can help reach the ultimate goal of improving health and well-being for the population with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That work cannot be done without input and collaboration from the intellectual and developmental disability community, which motivates and drives our work to be impactful and translatable.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
The Rubenstein Lab is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment. Creating anti-racist, anti-sexist, and pro-inclusion settings is a continual process and we strive to learn and grow. As the Lab grows, we will recruit, retain, and develop a diverse group of individuals to ensure a vibrant community.
BUSPH Diversity and Inclusion 

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Current Project Highlight:

Down Syndrome: Toward Optimal Trajectories and Health Equity using the Medicaid Analytic eXtract (DS-TO-THE-MAX)

Our research team at the Boston University School of Public Health aims to assess determinants of obstructive sleep apnea, dementia, and mortality and determine predicting factors for these conditions that affect the Down syndrome community in the US. We seek co-researchers to help us create materials to disseminate and to co-lead research projects using our large Medicaid data set. 

See our new project page to learn more! 

We are actively recruiting co-researchers to join our team to study health outcomes for adults with Down syndrome.   

Co-researchers will use their knowledge to engage with the research process, explore health questions of concern to the Down syndrome community, and provide feedback on study materials and findings. Our goal is to recruit individuals that have prior training and experience as a co-researcher. 

If you know anyone who may be interested and able to participate with us please contact our project coordinator, Ashley Scott (  

Current Projects





We’re hiring!

Postdoctoral Research Associate 

Job Description 

We are seeking a promising and motivated individual to be a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) under the mentorship of Drs. Eric Rubenstein and Marcia Pescador Jimenez. The research focuses on metrics of geographic contextual factors and healthcare access for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRS), Down syndrome, and their co-occurrence. Compensation will be between $72,000-$77,000 depending on qualifications. Members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are highly encouraged to apply. 

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Are you a graduate student at SPH interested in learning more? We are recruiting a PhD student in epidemiology and are looking for masters’ students to do research work. Reach out to with any questions.