David Rubenstein, PsyD | PCOM Faculty | Psychology
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Associate Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Rubenstein entered the field of social work in 1989 where he received his master of social work (MSW) from Loyola University and later received his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1995. He has been Vice President for Health and Wellness at Rowan University and most recently, Executive Director of Health and Wellness Center at Lehigh University.

He has previously been an adjunct clinical professor at PCOM since 2014 and adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at Drexel. Prior to his work at Rowan University, Dr. Rubenstein directed the outpatient substance abuse clinic and ambulatory primary care HIV/AIDS mental health and substance abuse services at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Rubenstein also managed and supervised clinical services in the mental health and substance abuse programs at PATH CMHC in Philadelphia and served as staff psychologist at Eagleville Hospital.

Dr. Rubenstein's research and supervisory interests, within the realm of adult outpatient psychotherapy, include integrating different theoretical modalities of treatment (CBT, psychodynamic, MI, DBT, ACT, and family systems) towards efficacious change in working with patients, management and addressing resistance to change and the application of motivational interviewing, substance abuse assessment and treatment, development of the therapeutic alliance across professional disciplines, and mentorship of student pathways towards professional growth, development and leadership.

Dr. Rubenstein has presented at the local, regional, national and international level throughout his career, addressing aspects of mental health, substance abuse, chronic medical conditions, and different aspects of treatment and psychotherapy.


  • Drake University; BA; 1985
  • Loyola University of Chicago; MSW; 1989
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology; PsyD; 1994


  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Biological Basis of Addiction
  • History and Systems
  • Practicum Classes: III, V, and VI
  • Comparative and Integrative Psychotherapy


"Teacher of the Year," Department of Psychiatry Drexel University College of Medicine, PGY-II Resident Class, 2005-2006.



Rubenstein, D.F. (2016). Application of motivational interviewing in working with psychotic disorders. In B. Pradham, N. Pinninti, and S. Tathod (Eds.), Brief interventions for psychosis: A clinical compendium. Springer Press.

Selected Professional Presentations and Other Professional Activities

"Drugs, Alcohol and Society," (3/28/17), Medical Students, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

"University Student Wellness," (8/23/16), Boomer Generation Radio, Philadelphia, PA

"Changing Needs in Collegiate Mental Health," (8/24/15), National Public Radio/WHYY Voices in the Family, Philadelphia, PA

Formal Testimony NJ Senate SubCommittee on Higher Education Re Suicide Prevention Initiatives, Best Practices and Recommendations, 6/19/15, Trenton, NJ

Formal Testimony NJ Senate SubCommittee on Higher Education Re Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives, Best Practices, Recommendations, 10/19/15, Trenton, NJ

Invited Roundtable Discussion with NJ Assembly members regarding Support Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 11/5/15, Ewing Township, NJ

"Addressing Mental Health Issues in Women with HIV/AIDS," (3/22/16), 23rd Annual Gaudenzia Women and Childrens Conference, Harrisburg, PA

"Drug Use and the Impact on Risk Behaviors in Gay and Bisexual Men," (6/4/15), 2015 HIV Clinical Update: The NJ Statewide Symposium, Iselin, NJ


  • American Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association