Eric S Rubenstein

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Eric Rubenstein, PhD, ScM is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. His work is focused on improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including Down syndrome (DS) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Epidemiology, the science of public health, is the crucial tool that can help reach the ultimate goal of improving health and well-being for the population with IDD. That work cannot be done without input and collaboration from the IDD community, which motivates and drives the work to be impactful and translatable.

Dr. Rubenstein's work covers issues that impact health and well-being across the life course for people with IDD. He is currently the PI of a National Institute for Child Health and Human Development study of pregnancy in women with IDD. He has extensive work examining phenotype and service type in children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Rubenstein uses Medicaid data to examine service use and health outcomes for people with IDD who are often served by the public insurance system.

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP855


  • Published on 10/27/2020

    Rubenstein E, Ehrenthal DB, Mallinson DC, Bishop L, Kuo HH, Durkin M. Pregnancy complications and maternal birth outcomes in women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Wisconsin Medicaid. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0241298. PMID: 33108397.

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  • Published on 10/21/2020

    Rubenstein E, Kalkbrenner A, Volk H, McGuinn L. Benefits, Burden, and COVID-19: A Response to Dutheil et al. (2020). J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Oct 21. PMID: 33089445.

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  • Published on 10/9/2020

    Ellis Weismer S, Rubenstein E, Wiggins L, Durkin MS. A Preliminary Epidemiologic Study of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder Relative to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disability Without Social Communication Deficits. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Oct 09. PMID: 33037562.

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  • Published on 2/1/2020

    Rubenstein E, Hartley S, Bishop L. Epidemiology of Dementia and Alzheimer Disease in Individuals With Down Syndrome. JAMA Neurol. 2020 02 01; 77(2):262-264. PMID: 31657825.

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  • Published on 11/6/2019

    Rubenstein E, DuBois L, Sadowsky M, Washburn K, Forquer M, Stanish H, Shriver T. Evaluating the potential of Special Olympics fitness models as a health intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities. Disabil Health J. 2020 04; 13(2):100850. PMID: 31704231.

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  • Published on 7/17/2019

    Rubenstein E, Bishop L. Is the Autism Boom Headed for Medicaid? Patterns in the Enrollment of Autistic Adults in Wisconsin Medicaid, 2008-2018. Autism Res. 2019 10; 12(10):1541-1550. PMID: 31317639.

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  • Published on 6/15/2019

    Rubenstein E, Croen L, Lee LC, Moody E, Schieve LA, Soke GN, Thomas K, Wiggins L, Daniels J. Community-based service use in preschool children with autism spectrum disorder and associations with insurance status. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2019 Oct; 66. PMID: 32831903.

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  • Published on 4/1/2019

    Wiggins LD, Rubenstein E, Daniels J, DiGuiseppi C, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Schieve LA, Tian LH, Sabourin K, Moody E, Pinto-Martin J, Reyes N, Levy SE. A Phenotype of Childhood Autism Is Associated with Preexisting Maternal Anxiety and Depression. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2019 04; 47(4):731-740. PMID: 30128718.

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  • Published on 1/29/2019

    Bishop-Fitzpatrick L, Rubenstein E. The Physical and Mental Health of Middle Aged and Older Adults on the Autism Spectrum and the Impact of Intellectual Disability. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2019 Jul; 63:34-41. PMID: 31768189.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Rubenstein E, Young JC, Croen LA, DiGuiseppi C, Dowling NF, Lee LC, Schieve L, Wiggins LD, Daniels J. Brief Report: Maternal Opioid Prescription from Preconception Through Pregnancy and the Odds of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autism Features in Children. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Jan; 49(1):376-382. PMID: 30132098.

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