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Sonia Rubens, Ph.D.

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Sonia Rubens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Santa Clara University
Department of Education and Counseling Psychology

Santa Clara, CA, USA

Dr. Sonia Rubens is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. She is also a licensed psychologist. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Rubens completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Rubens has extensive research and teaching experience at the graduate and postgraduate levels, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Her research focuses on understanding and promoting healthy sleep habits in youth, particularly those exposed to chronic and acute stressors. She is also interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions to address mental and behavioral health concerns in youth.


Rubens, S. L., Miller, M. A., Zeringue, M. M., & Laird, R. D. (in press). Associations of bullying, victimization, and daytime sleepiness on academic problems in adolescents attending an alternative high school. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Hambrick, E. P., Rubens, S. L., Brawner, T., & Taussig, H. (in press). Do sleep problems mediate the link between adverse childhood experiences and delinquency in preadolescent children in foster care? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Williamson, A. A., Rubens, S. L., Patrick, K. E., Moore, M., & Mindell, J. A. (2017). Differences in sleep patterns and problems by race in a clinical sample of black and white preschoolers. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 13, 1281–1288.

Rubens, S. L., Gudiño, O. G., Fite, P. J., & Grande, J. M. (in press). Individual and neighborhood stressors, sleep problems, and symptoms of anxiety and depression among Latino youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Rubens, S. L., Evans, S. C., Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., & Tountas, A. M. (2017). Self-reported time in bed and sleep quality in association with internalizing and externalizing symptoms in school-age youth. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 8, 455-467.

Frazer, A. L., Rubens, S., Johnson-Motoyama, M., DiPierro, M., & Fite, P. J. (2017). Acculturation dissonance, acculturation strategy, depressive symptoms, and delinquency in Latina/o adolescents. Child Youth Care Forum, 46, 19-33.doi:10.1007/s10566-016-9367-9

Rubens, S. L., Loucas, C. A., Marybeth Morris, M. Manley, P. Ullrich, N. J., Muriel, A. C., Guo, D. London, W. B., & Northman, L. (2016). Parent-reported outcomes associated with utilization of a pediatric cancer school consultation program. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4 (4), 383-395.

Rubens, S. L., Patrick, K. E., Williamson, A. A., Moore, M., & Mindell, J. A. (2016). Individual and socio-demographic factors related to presenting problem and diagnostic impressions at a pediatric sleep clinic. Sleep Medicine, 25, 67–72.

Williamson, A. A., Patrick, K. E., Rubens, S. L., Moore, M., & Mindell, J. A. (2016). Pediatric sleep disorders in an outpatient sleep clinic: Clinical presentation and needs of children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4(2), 188-199.

Fite, P. J. Gabrielli, J., Cooley, J. L., Rubens, S. L., Pederson, C. A., & Vernberg, E. M. (2016). Associations between physical and relational forms of peer aggression and victimization and risk for substance use among elementary school-age youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25, 1-10.

Cooley, J. L., Fite, P. J., Rubens, S. L., & Tunno, A. M. (2015). Peer victimization, depressive symptoms, and rule-breaking behavior in adolescence: The moderating role of peer social support. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37, 512-522. doi: 10.1007/s10862-014-9473-7

Fite, P. J., Becker, S. P., Rubens, S. L., Cheatham-Johnson, R. (2015). Anxiety symptoms account for the link between reactive aggression and sleep problems among Latino adolescents. Child and Youth Care Forum, 44, 343-354.

Rubens, S. L., Felix, E. D., Vernberg, E. M., & Canino, G. (2014). The role of peers in the relation between hurricane exposure and ataques de nervios among Puerto Rican adolescents. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 716-723.

Fite, P. J., Rubens, S. L., & Cooley, J. L. (2014). Influence of Contextual Factors on Academic Performance in a Sample of Latino Adolescents: The Moderating Role of School Attachment. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 924-936.

Rubens, S. L., Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. C., & Canter, K. S. (2014). The role of sleep in the relation between community violence exposure and delinquency among Latino adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 723-734.

Hambrick, E. P., Rubens, S. L., Vernberg, E. M., Jacobs, A. K., & Kanine, R. (2014). Towards successful dissemination of Psychological First Aid: A study of training preferences. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 41, 203-215.

Fite, P. J., Williford, A., Cooley, J. L., DePaolis, K., Rubens, S. L., & Vernberg, E. M. (2014). Patterns of victimization locations in elementary school children: Effects of grade level and gender. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42, 585-597.

Fite, P. J., Hendrickson, M., Evans, S., Rubens, S. L., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Savage, J. (2014). Associations between proactive and reactive subtypes of aggression and lifetime substance use in a sample of predominantly Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, 398-406.

Fite, P. J., Evans, S., Cooley, J., & Rubens, S. L. (2014). Further evaluation of associations between attention-deficit/hyperactivity and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms and bullying-victimization in adolescence. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45, 32-41.

Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., Vitulano, M. L., Rubens, S. L., Evans, S. C., & Cooley, J. L. (2014). Examining anxiety and depression as moderators of the associations between ADHD symptoms and academic and social problems in Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36, 265-275.

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