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Susan Rubman , PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Susan Rubman , PhD

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    20 York Street

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States



Dr. Rubman is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Medical Staff at Yale New Haven Hospital. She completed both her PhD and Clinical Psychology Residency with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. She is a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Since completing her training, Dr. Rubman has provided evidence-based clinical assessments and interventions to a variety of medically complicated inpatient and outpatient populations, including a developing a specialty in managing patients with sleep disorders.

She is currently the Site Supervisor for the Organ Transplant Rotation within the Yale Psychology Doctoral Internship Training Program, training psychology fellows and doctoral students.

Dr. Rubman’s current clinical and research interests are in the area of mood and adjustment associated with liver transplantation both in liver transplant recipients and living liver donors.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology (1990)
  • Resident
    University of Mississippi Medical Center and VA Consortium (1990)
  • MA
    Louisiana State University, Clinical Psychology (1986)
  • BS
    Union College, Psychology (1984)


  • Sleep and Wilson Disease
    US 2023
    Wilson Disease Association Annual Conference
  • Managing Sleepless Nights
    Pre-recorded video presentation 2023
    National Sleep Week
  • Does pre-operative counselling of the donor improve immediate and short-term outcomes after living liver donation?
    Conference scheduled for Valencia, Spain. Became virtual because of pandemic conditions 2022
    ILTS - Consensus Conference on Enhanced Recovery for Liver Transplantation

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep MedicineBoard of Behavioral Sleep Medicine2018, 2023

Professional Service

Mental Health Committee, JFS HartfordExpert member of panel to develop community based mental health educational programs for youth and families in the greater Hartford, CT area2023 - Present
American Society of Transplantation Psychosocial and Ethics Community of PracticeMember2022 - Present
American Journal of TransplantationReviewer2022 - Present
Department of PsychiatryStress and Resilience Town Halls-Multiple episodes as group facilitator2020
Department of PsychiatryStress and Resilience Town Hall--"Sleep and Dreams in the Time of COVID"2020
Department of PsychiatryStress and Resilience Town Hall--"Better Sleep Guidelines"2020
Yale School of Medicine/YNHH Division of Digestive Health Committee for Behavioral Health ProgramMember of multidisciplinary leadership team developing a Behavioral Health Program for the Digestive Diseases Program in Division of Digestive Health2020 - Present
American Society of Transplantation Living Donor Community of Practice Mental Health Working GroupAST LDCoP is a special interest group of the American Transplantation Society. The Mental Health Working Group is undertaking the creation of living donor mental health assessment practice guidelines and a living donor registry program.2020 - Present
North American Living Liver Donor Innovation Group (NALLDIG)Multidisciplinary team which serves as a resource to Living Liver Donor programs for clinical support and research queries.2019 - Present
Society of Behavioral Sleep MedicineMember2018 - Present
Yale New Haven Hospital Living Liver Donor Program CommitteeMember2017 - Present
YNHH Psychology Internship Training CommitteeMember2017 - Present
Hartford ChoraleBoard Member2017 - Present
Journal of Cognition and BehaviorReviewer2003 - 2005
Northeast Sleep SocietyNortheast Sleep Society Annual Conference2003 - 2004
Hospital for Special CareMember IRB, QI Steering Committee, Rehab Committee, Stroke Committee1995 - 2003
American Academy of Sleep MedicineMember1991 - Present

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