Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Phone: (205) 348-1325
Nancy J. Rubin, PsyD, is a professor at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. She is a clinical psychologist in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, the clinic director of the Betty Shirley Clinic and the director of psychology clinical service teaching and research. Dr. Rubin is a member of the Alabama Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. She served as president of the Alabama Psychological Association in 2001, as the Alabama representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives from 2003-2007, and was on the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Assessment of Competencies in Professional Psychology from 2004-2006.
Rubin graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1990 with a BS in communication disorders and Spanish and earned her PsyD degree at the University of Denver. She completed her internship at the University of West Virgina School of Medicine/Charleston Area Medical center in 1990.
Rubin has a general psychotherapy practice in the Betty Shirley Clinic and specializes in family systems therapy, health psychology/behavioral medicine and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Her academic interests include medical psychology and psychology education and assessment of competencies.
Rubin NJ, Bebeau M, Leigh IW, Lichtenberg J, , Nelson PD, Portnoy S, Smith IL, Kaslow NJ:
The Competency Movement Within Psychology: An Historical Perspective. Professional
Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(5): 452-462, 2007.
Rubin NJ: Invited Ethics Forum Commentary: En route to competence: Still on the road but
making Progress. In Barnett JE, Doll B, Younggren JN, Rubin NJ: Clinical Competence
for Practicing Psychologists: Clearly a Work in Progress. Professional Psychology:
Research and Practice, 38(5): 516-517, 2007.
Kaslow NJ, Rubin NJ, Bebeau M, Leigh IW, Lichtenberg J, Nelson PD, Portnoy S, Smith IL:
Guiding Principles and Recommendations for the Assessment of Competence.
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(5): 441-451, 2007.
Kaslow NJ, Rubin NJ, Forrest L, Elman NS, Van Horne SC, Jacobs SC, Huprich SJ, Benton SA, Pantesco, VF, Dollinger SJ, Grus CL, Benhke SH, Miller DS, Shealy CN., Mintz LB, Schawartz-Mette R, Van Sickle K, Thorn BE: Recognizing, Assessing, and Intervening with Problems of Professional Compentence. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(5): 479-491, 2007.
Leigh IW, Smith IL, Bebeau M, Lichtenberg J, Nelson PD, Portnoy S, Rubin NJ, Kaslow NJ: Competency assessment models. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(5): 463-473, 2007.
Lichtenberg J, Portnoy S, Bebeau M, Leigh IW, Nelson PD, Rubin, N. J., Smith IL, Kaslow NJ: Challenges to the assessment of competence and competencies. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(5) 474-478, 2007.
Kuhajda MC, Thorn BE, Klinger MR, Rubin NJ: The role of headache pain on attention
(encoding) and memory (recognition). Pain, 97(3): 212-221, 2002.
Rubin NJ, Arceneaux JM: Intractable depression or psychosis: A case study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 104(5): 402-405, 2001.
Rubin NJ, Gardner JF: Abuse History: is it Really Important in the Medical Encounter?
Southern Medical Journal, 92: 618-621, 1999.
Rubin NJ, Philp EB: Health Care Perceptions of the Standardized Patient. Medical Education,
32: 538-542, 1998.
Philp E, Parker P, Rubin N, Tietze P, Philp J: The Difficult Patient: Creation of a Curriculum by
Third Year Family Practice Residents, Family Medicine, 28: 553-8, 1996.
Thorn BE, Rubin NJ, Holderby AJ, Shealy RC: Client-Therapist Intimacy: Responses of Psychotherapy Clients to a Consumer Oriented Brochure, Ethics and Behavior, 6(1): 17-28, 1996.
Rubin NJ, Dietvorst TF, Sesney JW: Academic Courses in Biofeedback. Biofeedback and Self-
Regulation, 13:267-270, 1988.
Rubin NJ: Severe Asthma and Depression: A Clinical Review. Archives of Family Medicine,
Publications in Edited Books:
Rubin NJ, Philp EB: How Does SP Experience Impact the SPs’ Views of Their Own
Physician/Patient Encounters? Evolving Assessment: Protecting the Human Dimension
(Ed. DE Melnick), National Board of Medical Examiners, 619-622, 2000.
Rubin NJ, Philp EB, Hartman JA: Health Care Perceptions: Do They Change for the
Standardized Patient? Advances in Medical Education (Eds. AJJA Scherpbier, CPM van
der Vleuten, J, Rethans, A.F.W. van der Steeg), 711-713, 1997.
Rubin NJ, Philp EB, Hartman JA: Effects of Standardized Patient Experience on Perceptions of
Health Care. Medical Encounter, 12(3), 4-8, 1996.
Sesney J, Dietvorst TF, Rubin NJ: Academic Courses in Biofeedback. Wheat Ridge, CO:
Biofeedback Society of America, 1987
Kaslow, NJ, Rubin NJ, Leigh IW, Portnoy S, Lichtenberg J, Smith IL, Bebeau J, Nelson P: APA
Task Force Report on the Assessment of Competence in Professional Psychology: Final
Report. Retrieved October 2, 2007, from http://www.apa.org/ed/competency_revised.pdf