Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Assistant Professor
Department of Social Medicine


Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is an assistant professor of social medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior. She is also a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She received her PhD in Community, Research and Action at Vanderbilt University and completed a NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein’s research focuses on how incarceration can impact health outcomes. She is the PI of a recently funded NIMHD R01 cohort study relevant to pre-exposure prophylaxis among people on probation and parole and the MPI of a NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network Clinical Research Center grant that will include the implementation and evaluation of opioid overdose prevention programs in community supervision settings in Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Brunswick County North Carolina.


  • PhD, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Scholars, Vanderbilt University, 2013
  • MS, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • MA, Criminal Justice Policy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2006
  • BA, Sociology, Western Kentucky University, 2004