Doris Rubio, PhD

  • Assistant Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research Education and Training, Health Sciences
  • Professor of Medicine, of Biomedical Informatics, of Biostatistics, of Nursing, and of Clinical and Translational Science
  • Director, Institute for Clinical Research Education
  • University of Pittsburgh

Doris Rubio, PhD, is assistant vice chancellor for clinical research education and training, health sciences. She is a professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and of biomedical informatics, of biostatistics, of nursing, and of clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Dr. Rubio has extensive experience as a researcher, educator, mentor, and administrator. As director of Pitt’s Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), she oversees and helps shape numerous training, degree-granting, and career-development programs for clinical and translational science researchers. At ICRE, she has directed or co-directed seven courses for postdoctoral fellows and faculty members and has mentored and advised many trainees from underrepresented groups. She directs the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and Building Up a Diverse Pipeline for the Biomedical Research Workforce (Building Up) programs and previously led the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) program within ICRE.

Dr. Rubio has also previously directed the University’s Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC) Data Center, which provides database development, data management, and statistical and qualitative support for investigators across the health sciences schools.

Dr. Rubio has conducted research and implemented new practices on diversifying the biomedical sciences workforce and has led grants aimed at assisting trainees from diverse backgrounds to launch and sustain careers in the health sciences. Her research interests and areas of study have also included psychometrics, alcoholism and depression, structural equation modeling, quality-of-life indicators, and career development.

Dr. Rubio studied social work throughout college and graduate school, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University, her master’s degree from Florida International University, and her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. She is past president of the Association for Clinical Research Training (ACRT) and formerly chaired the Evaluation Key Function Committee and the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Key Function Committee for the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards. Dr. Rubio has received the Educator of the Year Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, which recognizes a leader in clinical research education and mentoring, among other honors.