Faculty: Carolyn Rabin, PhD

Carolyn Rabin

Carolyn Rabin, PhD

Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Director, Clinical Health Psychology Concentration

617-327-6777 x2266
Work Space 328F
Degree Major/Emphasis Institution
PhD Clinical Psychology Rutgers–The State University of New Jersey
BA Psychology, Biology Wellesley College


  • Adult CBT Theory and Practice (BX701)
  • Clinical Practice I and II (CS706, CS707)
  • Theoretical Foundations in Clinical Health Psychology (HP530)
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Health Psychology (HP550)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Health psychology
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Health behavior change
  • Empirically supported treatments

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist (Massachusetts, previously Rhode Island)


  • Research Award, Rhode Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society
  • New Investigator Award, American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • National Research Service Award, National Cancer Institute
  • Basic, Clnical and Translational Breast Cancer Research Award, Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Small Grant for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control, National Cancer Institute
  • Mentored Research Scholar Grant, American Cancer Society

Publications and Presentations

  • Rabin, C. (2023). Longitudinal study of theory-based predictors of COVID-19 vaccination. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 1-10.
  • Rabin, C. and Dutra, S. (2021). Predicting engagement in behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19: The roles of the health belief model and political party affiliation. Psychology, Health and Medicine.
  • Rabin, C. (2020). Cancer-related self-disclosure in the workplace/school by adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 9(4), 528-533.
  • Rabin, C. (2019). Self-disclosure to peers by young adult cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 28 (1), 181-186.
  • Rabin, C. (2019). Impact of cancer on romantic relationships among young adults: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 26 (1), 1-12.
  • Rabin, C. (2017). Barriers to increasing physical activity among young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 6(2), 372-376.
  • Rabin, C. Pinto, B., and Fava, J. (2016). Physical activity and meditation intervention for young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.
  • Rabin, C., Horowitz, S and Marcus, B. (2013). Recruiting young adult cancer survivors for behavioral research. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 20 (1), 33-36.
  • Rabin, C., Simpson, N., Morrow, K., and Pinto, B. (2013). Intervention format and delivery preferences among young adult cancer survivors. International Journal of Behavioral
  • Medicine, 20 (2), 304-310.
  • Rabin, C., Dunsiger, S., Ness, K.K., and Marcus, B.H. (2012). Internet-based physical activity intervention targeting young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 1 (4), 188-194.
  • Rabin, C. and Bock, B. (2011). Desired features of smartphone applications promoting physical activity. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17 (10), 1-3.
  • Rabin, C. (2011). Review of health behaviors and their correlates among young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34 (1) 41-52.
  • Rabin, C., Simpson, N., Morrow, K., and Pinto, B. (2011). Behavioral and psychosocial program needs of young adult cancer survivors. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (6), 796-806.
  • Rabin, C. (2017, October). Self-disclosure to peers among young adult cancer survivors. Poster presented at the 2017 New England Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Newton, MA.
  • Rabin, C., Pinto, B. and Fava, J. (April, 2015). Testing an Exercise and Relaxation Intervention for Young Adult Cancer Survivors. Poster presented at the 2015 New England Cancer Survivorship Research Symposium, Boston, MA
  • Rabin, C. (2012, March). Developing Behavioral Programs for Young Adult Cancer Survivors. Psychosocial Oncology Grand Rounds, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Rabin, C. (2011, November). The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Survivors. Massachusetts General Hospital Palliative Care Grand Rounds. Boston, MA.

Concurrent Leadership, Service and Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  • Editorial Board Member, Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Staff Psychologist, The Miriam Hospital

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Division 38 (Health Psychology)

Community Involvement

  • Served as co-chair of a workgroup developing cancer prevention recommendations for the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
  • Provided pro-bono lecture at The Miriam Hospital (Providence, Rhode Island) to community members on the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors