Andrew Rubin (Ph.D. PSYC ’01) is the executive director and founder of New Directions for Young Adults, Inc. and chairman of the board for the International Society for Autism (ISA, isaresearch.org), a nonprofit organization funding scholarships for programs serving young adults with a range of psychopathology. In addition, ISA actively engages in research on evidenced-based treatment interventions.
Rubin recalls one of his clients, a man with disabilities, who presented at his clinic with profound intellectual impairments, to the degree that clinical staff doubted his ability to function and live independently. “Now, he’s one of our most successful clients and is employed full-time, has a driver’s license, and has done things that his parents could never have imagined,” says Rubin. “To have been a part of this experience is an amazing feeling.”