Ellen Rubinstein, Ph.D.

Ellen Rubinstein, Ph.D.

Fellow, Postdoctoral Research

Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1018 Fuller St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1213


Ellen Rubinstein, Ph.D. is a medical and psychological anthropologist with ethnographic and qualitative research experience in the U.S. and Japan and a 2017-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. Rubinstein's anthropological research has focused on caregiving in families with mental illness, specifically on how parents understand their role in providing care for adult children with chronic conditions.

Before joining the Michigan Mixed Methods Program as a Research Fellow, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Benjamin F. Crabtree, conducting mixed methods research on cancer survivorship care in community-based primary care practices across the country. Her research interests include behavioral health integration in primary care, the PCMH in theory and practice, care coordination between primary care and specialty mental health care, and the role of culture in medicine.

Areas of Interest



Advanced Degrees

Yale University, Doctor of Philosophy in Sociocultural Anthropology, 2012

Yale University, Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, 2007

Published Articles or Reviews

Rubinstein EB, Miller WL, SV Hudson, et al. Cancer Survivorship Care in Advanced Primary Care Practices: A Qualitative Study of Challenges and Opportunities. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2017 September 25; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4747

Rubinstein EB and Breitborde NJK.  The Double-Edged Nature of Recovery in
First-Episode Psychosis. Current Psychiatry Reviews. 2016;12(4): 357-365. doi: 10.2174/1573400512666160927143712 

Rubinstein E.  Emplotting Hikikomori: Japanese Parents’ Narratives of Social Withdrawal.
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 2016 December;40(4):641-663. doi: 10.1007/s11013-016-9495-6