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Lawrence C. Rubin Nova Southeastern University, FL

Lawrence C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S has been, throughout his career, a licensed mental

health counselor and registered play therapist and a Professor of Counselor Education at

St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, where he directed the Mental Health Counseling

Program and was a private practice psychologist, professional counselor, and play therapist.

Dr. Rubin is past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy and chaired the Board

of Directors of the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Rubin’s research interests and publications

lie at the intersection of psychology and popular culture. He has been a prolific writer

and editor. His book, Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture: Medicine, Mental Health and the

Media, won the 2006 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Anthology. His other books include

Food for Thought: Essays on Eating and Culture, Popular Culture in Counseling, Psychotherapy and

Play-Based Intervention, Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy, Messages: Self-

Help through Popular Culture, Mental Illness and Popular Media: Essays on the Representation

of Psychiatric Disorders, and Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism

Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Rubin has blogged about popular culture and psychology for Psychology

Today magazine and was the Area Chair of the Division of Mental Health, Mental Illness and

Popular Culture for the Popular Culture Association.

Today, Larry is a retired Professor of Counselor Education from St. Thomas University, a

licensed psychologist, and an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Nova Southeastern University.

He remains a clinician, educator, and author at the intersection of psychology and popular

culture—and is the Editor for Larry recently relocated to North Carolina.

Refusing to go quietly into the night, he wanders the hills and woods of the North Carolina

mountains and plays golf … or at least he plays at it!

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