Press Release: FABBS Welcomes New President, Philip Rubin, P.h.D.

Washington, D.C. (January 14, 2022) – The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences is delighted to welcome Philip Rubin, Ph.D., as he begins his term as President of the FABBS Board.

Rubin brings extensive experience as a researcher and as a federal policymaker and administrator to this role at a time of tremendous interest and need for insights from FABBS scientists.

FABBS Executive Director Juliane Baron


Dr. Rubin is the Chief Executive Officer emeritus and a former Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, where he is currently a member of the Board of Directors. His research combines computational, engineering, linguistic, physiological, and psychological approaches to study, primarily, the biological bases of speech and language. Rubin is a Professor Adjunct in the Department of Surgery, Otolaryngology, at the Yale University School of Medicine, a Research Affiliate in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, a Fellow at Yale’s Trumbull College, and a Trustee of the University of Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Connecticut.

From 2000-2003, Rubin served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation. From 2012-2015, he worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, first as Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and later as Principal Assistant Director for Science. During that time, Dr. Rubin also led the White House neuroscience initiative, co-chaired the NSTC Committee on Science, and served as a Senior Advisor to the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

I am excited to lead FABBS during a time of great opportunity for the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. I hope to raise awareness of the importance of the behavioral and brain sciences in confronting societal challenges and foster and advance efforts to increase inclusivity in our organization and the disciplines it represents.

-Philip Rubin


Dr. Rubin follows Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, who served as President of FABBS during 2020 and 2021, steering the organization through uncertain times amid a global pandemic. Silver will continue to lend her expertise and guidance for two additional years in her role as Past-President.

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences is a coalition of scientific societies and university departments that share a commitment to advancing the sciences of mind,  brain, and behavior.

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