Bruce Rapkin, PhD

Investigator, Global Community Core
Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Email: bruce.rapkin@einstein.yu.edu
Phone: 718.920.5814

Bruce Rapkin, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Division of Community Collaboration and Implementation in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has secondary appointments in Health Psychology and in Family and Social Medicine. Dr. Rapkin is a community psychologist, focusing on access to care and quality of life for diverse, medically-underserved patients, families and communities. His primary emphasis is on the development of community-academic partnerships to reduce barriers and improve standard of care. He has led a series of projects to develop strategies to promote evidence-based practice through collaborative research. The first such project was the Family Access to Care Study, an NIMH-sponsored study (R01-MH063045) of the feasibility of partnerships between frontline providers and health researchers, to disseminate mental health interventions for families.

The second is the Queens Library HealthLink Project, to promote community organization, cancer education and outreach to diverse underserved communities in conjunction with the Queens Borough Public Library System (R01-CA119991). He is also the principal investigator of the recently completed HIV Choices in Care Study, a study of Medicaid patients’ access to care and quality of life, sponsored by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. Dr. Rapkin’s collaborative research with community organizations and health providers has led to the development of new research designs and assessment methodology to promote evidenced-based interventions in public health. In particular, he has been working on participatory approaches that use both process and outcomes data to support community-based interventions. Dr. Rapkin is a member of the NIMH Consortium on HIV/AIDS and the Family and serves on the American Cancer Society’s National Council for Extramural Research. In 2005, he co-chaired the annual NIMH Conference on the Role of the Family in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS held in Brooklyn, New York.

EDUCATION

University of Rochester, NY
BA - 1977 - Psychology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
PhD - 1986 - Clinical/Community Psychology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1986-1992: Assistant Professor of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY

1992-1993: Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY

1993-2006: Associate Attending Psychologist, Behavioral Science Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Associate Member, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

2006-2008: Attending Psychologist, Behavioral Science Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Member, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Member, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Hospital for Cancer & Allied Diseases, New York, NY

2007-2008: Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University, New York, NY

2009-present: Professor and Head, Division of Community Collaboration and Implementation Science, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Bronx, NY
Professor, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (secondary appointment) Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY
Professor, Department of Family & Social Medicine (secondary appointment) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

HONORS AND AWARDS

1976: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

1980-2007: American Psychological Association

1981: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

1982: USPHS Traineeship in Measurement Psychology

1985: University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship

1985-present: Society for Community Research & Action

1996-present: HIV Quality of Care Advisory Committee, NY State Dept. of Health AIDS Institute
Consortium on Family and HIV/STD Research, National Institute of Mental Health

1998-2008: Institutional Review Board, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Psychosocial Task Force, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

1999-present: International Society for Quality of Life Research
Behavioral & Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health

2000-present: The Cancer Control & Prevention: Psychosocial & Behavioral Research Committee, American Cancer Society

2002-2006: Cancer and Leukemia Group B, CARE Underserved Communities Subcommittee

2003-present: American Psychosocial Oncology Society

2006-present: Council for Extramural Grants, American Cancer Society, Inc.