Director, Addressing disparities in Asian populations through translational research (ADAPT), Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute
“BACH’s focus on racial equity across Boston resonates with me because I believe that working with and across our rich and diverse neighborhoods, we can all work together to improve the health of our residents and the City”
Dr. Carolyn L. Rubin is a social scientist trained in theories of racial and ethnic inequality, immigration, community development and qualitative methods. Her research agenda focuses on using collaborative community research partnerships to address health disparities in underserved communities in Boston. She has led community-based participatory research projects related to Asian women’s health and also developed research capacity-building programs for community partners. In Boston, she has worked on community-engaged projects, with Asian Community Development Corporation that looks at the impact of stable housing on health outcomes, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood that looks at the role of arts and culture in promoting social cohesion and social networks, the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence which looks at cultural notions of empowerment. Dr. Rubin also directs the ADAPT Coalition, (Addressing disparities in Asian populations through translational research), a project of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The ADAPT Coalition focuses on strengthening the capacity of Tufts researchers and Chinatown community partners to use community engaged research approaches to address Asian American health disparities. She is also the Board President of the Friends of the Chinatown Library, a group that has been working to bring a branch library back to Boston Chinatown. Her work as a researcher and teacher is informed by twenty years of experience working as a community builder with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in various cities around the US. She is a resident of Jamaica Plain and grew up in San Francisco, California.