Associate Professor Emeritus, Family Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142 School of Public Health

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Contact via email to set up a time unless otherwise listed in Course Syllabus.


Research Focus: Family policies, contemporary family forms, mental health issues, and African American family life

Education and Training

Ph.D., Child Development and Family Relationships, The Pennsylvania State University, 1970


FMSC 260 - Couple Relationships

FMSC 381 - Poverty, Affluence, and Families

FMSC 430 - Gender Issues in Families

FMSC 432 - Intergenerational Aspects of Family Living

FMSC 600 - Family Theories

FMSC 630 - Theory and Research in Human Sexuality

Honors and Awards

• Published numerous articles in such journals as Adolescence, Family Issues, Family Relations, National Journal of Sociology, and American Journal of Family Law.

• Member of five editorial boards, including Family Relations.

• Author (or CO) of ten funded grant projects, including studies of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families, divorce, incarcerated mothers, and the lives of African Americans from adolescence to adulthood.

• Awarded Outstanding Teacher in Health and Human Performance (1996), Certificate of Teaching Excellence (1996), Returning Students Recognition Award (1995), and Panhellenic Teaching Award (1992).

• Held over 30 national offices and appointments including President, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family; Vice-president for Public Policy, National Council on Family Relations; and Public Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

• Awarded six national service certificates from NCFR, AAMFT, and/or the Groves Conference.

• Meritorious Service Award, National Council on Family Relations

• Fellow, National Council on Family Relations

• Academy Member and Lifetime Membership Award, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family.


Rubin, R.H., & Settles, B.H. (Eds.) (2012). The Groves Conference on Marriage and Family: History and impact on Family Science. Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library.

Rubin, R. H. (2004). Alternative lifestyles today: Off the family studies screen. In M. Coleman & L. Ganong (Eds.), Handbook of contemporary families (pp. 23-35). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rubin, R. H. (2001). Alternative lifestyles revisited, or whatever happened to swingers, group marriages, and communes? Journal of Family Issues, 22, 711-726.

Rubin, R. H. (2000). Family policies in Asia: China/Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia: Implications for the Americas. In B. Settles & I. Vargas (Eds.), International family policies: Implications for the Americas. Special issue of Family Science Review, 13(3/4), 108-118.

Rubin, R. H., & Wallen, J. (1997). The role of the family in mediating the effects of community violence on children. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 2, 33-41.

Myricks, N., & Rubin, R. H. (1995). Legalizing gay and lesbian marriages: Trends and policy implications. American Journal of Family Law, 9(1), 35-44.

Rubin, R. H., Billingsley, A., & Caldwell, C. H. (1994). The Black church and adolescent sexuality. National Journal of Sociology, 8, 131-148.

Rubin, R. H., Billingsley, A., & Caldwell, C. H. (1994). The role of the Black church in working with Black adolescents. Adolescence, 29, 251-266.

Macklin, E., & Rubin, R.H. (Eds.) (1983, 1985). Contemporary families and alternative lifestyles: Handbook of research and theory. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.