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Sonia Rubens, Ph.D.

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Sonia Rubens, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Sonia Rubens is a clinical child psychologist based in Chicago, IL. She has a private practice where she works with children and their families to address behaviorally-based sleep problems. She is also on faculty in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, where she teaches graduate counseling psychology students and maintains a research program on the intersection between sleep and mental health in youth. Dr. Rubens holds a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.


Ziporyn, T., Owens, J. A., Wahlstrom, K. L., Wolfson, A. R., Troxel, W. M., Saletin, J. M., Rubens, S. L., Pelayo, R., Payne, P. A., Hale, L., Keller, I., & Carskadon, M. A. (2022). Adolescent sleep health and school start times: Setting the research agenda for California and beyond – A Research Summit Summary. Sleep Health, 8, 11-22.

Rubens, S.L., Feldman, D. B., Soliemannjad, R. R., *Sung, A., & Gudino, O. G. (2020). Hope, daytime sleepiness, and academic outcomes in low-income, Latinx youth. Child and Youth Care Forum, 49, 743-757.

Rubens, S. L., Gudiño, O. G., Ford, L. M., Soliemannjad, R. R., *Contreras, P. D. (2020). Association between the sleep environment and sleep patterns in low-income Latinx youth. Children’s Health Care, 49, 287-302.

Rubens, S. L., Miller, M. A., Zeringue, M. M., & Laird, R. D. (2019). Associations of bullying, victimization, and daytime sleepiness on academic problems in adolescents attending an alternative high school. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89, 508-517.

Rubens, S. L., Miller, M. A., Zeringue, M. M. (2019). The sleep environment and its association with externalizing behaviors in a sample of low-income adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 47, 628-640.

Hambrick, E. P., Rubens, S. L., Brawner, T., & Taussig, H. (2018). Do sleep problems mediate the link between adverse childhood experiences and delinquency in preadolescent children in foster care? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59, 140-149.

Rubens, S. L., Gudiño, O. G., Michel, J., Fite, P. J., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2018). Neighborhood and cultural stressors associated with delinquency in Latino adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 95-106.

Rubens, S. L., Gudiño, O. G., Fite, P. J., & Grande, J. M. (2018). Individual and neighborhood stressors, sleep problems, and symptoms of anxiety and depression among Latino youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 161-168.

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., 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.