Allen Rubin, Ph.D.

Allen Rubin, Ph.D.

Bert Kruger Smith Centennial Professor in Social Work

Dr. Rubin hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving his Master in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh he directed an outreach mental health program for adolescents at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, where he also provided family therapy and trained lay mental health counselors. After receiving his Ph.D. (also from the University of Pittsburgh), he directed national research projects at the Council on Social Work Education in New York City. After joining the faculty at The University of Texas in 1979, he has authored or co-authored over 100 publications in diverse areas such as evidence-based practice, EMDR, chronic mental illness, substance abuse, child welfare and others. His main interest is in evaluating the effectiveness of clinical interventions and disseminating to practitioners how-to practice guidelines for providing empirically supported programs and interventions. He is the lead author of a best selling research textbook, Research Methods for Social Work, that has been adopted by approximately 40 percent of schools of social work every year since 1989 and which is in its seventh edition. He has also authored or co-authored numerous additional books in the areas of mental health, statistics and others, including Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice and Evaluation and Practitioner’s Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice. Currently, he is co-editing The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence- Based Practice, which is a series of volumes providing treatment guidelines in such areas as PTSD, substance-abuse, schizophrenia, depression, and child welfare. He is also in the process of co-editing a handbook on military social work. He has served as an editorial reviewer for 14 professional journals and is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Dr. Rubin teaches courses in research methods, clinical practice evaluation, pedagogy, and the assessment and treatment of traumatized populations. Dr. Rubin has received two teaching excellence awards. Several dissertations that he has supervised have been honored by The University of Texas in their annual university-wide dissertation awards. In 1997 an article he co-authored won the Society for Social Work and Research Award for Outstanding Examples of Published Research. In 1993 he received the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2007 he received the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education. In 2010 he was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners.

Dr. Rubin and his wife, Chris are avid tennis players and have three grown children.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Evidence-based practice, treatment of traumatized populations, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, research methods, program evaluation, and severe and persistent mental illness.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University

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