About the Author

Katherine Reuben, MPH, is a doctoral student in Health Promotion and Behavior at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on child maltreatment and commercial sexual exploitation prevention and mental health care; understanding unique risks and outcomes of interpersonal victimization for autistic individuals; and understanding and treating posttraumatic dissociation. Katherine is passionate about increasing awareness and understanding of under-studied vulnerable populations, and she views this website as one avenue through which to work towards this goal. Katherine is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D), and she works for a grant site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In 2022, Katherine was awarded the annual Student Award by the ISST-D.

Select Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles

Reuben, K. E., Self-Brown, S., & Vinoski Thomas, E. (2022). PTSD in autistic adults: Correlates of meeting DSM–5 criteria and predictors of professional diagnosis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policyhttps://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/tra0001365

Lee, N., Pigott, T., Watson, A. E. N., Reuben, K., O’Hara, K., Fang, X., & Self-Brown, S. (2022). Childhood polyvictimization and associated health outcomes: A systematic scoping review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F15248380211073847

Bullinger, L. R., Marcus, S., Reuben, K., Self-Brown, S., & Whitaker, D. (2022). Evaluating child maltreatment risk during the COVID-19 pandemic: Using a telehealth home visiting program as a conduit to families. Infant Mental Health Journal, 43(1), 143-158. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21968

Reuben, K. E., Stanzione, C. M., & Singleton, J. L. (2021). Interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress in autistic adults. Autism in Adulthood, 3(3). https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2020.0073

Book Chapters

Kinnish, K., Perry, E., Reuben, K., O'Hara, K., & Self-Brown, S. (2022). Child sex and labor trafficking: Psychological perspectives on risk factors, impacts, and interventions. In S. L. Moeschberger & L. Miller-Graff (Eds.), Psychological perspectives on understanding and addressing violence against children: Towards building cultures of peace (pp. 105–169). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/med-psych/9780197649510.003.0007

Reuben, K. E., & Parish, A. (2022). Dissociation in autism spectrum disorders: An under-recognized symptom. In E. Christensen (Ed.), Perspectives of dissociative identity response: Ethical, historical, and cultural issues. HWC Press. 


Reuben, K. E., & Keech, C. (2023, April). Treating traumatized and dissociative neurodevelopmentally disabled clients [Preconference workshop]. International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 2023 annual conference.

Reuben, K. E., & Keech, C. (2022, October). Treating traumatized and dissociative neurodevelopmentally disabled clients [Conference session]. International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 2022 virtual conference.

Reuben, K. E., & Jefferson, K. (2020, November). Professional lack of awareness and understanding of complex dissociative disorders as a barrier to treatment [Poster session]. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 36th annual meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Reuben, K. E., & Stanzione, C. M. (2019, November). Prevalence and impact of interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults with autism spectrum disorders [Poster session]. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 35th annual meeting, Boston, MA.

Other Media Coverage and Public Outreach

Reuben, K. E. Interviewed by Lloyd, M. [The CTAD Clinic]. (2021, September 16). In Conversation...about Autism, Trauma and Dissociation [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T2i52bmrrk

Reuben, K. E. (2021, May). Spotlight on Dissociative Identity Disorder. Invited speaker for Accenture Applied Intelligence UK & Ireland Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.

Select Professional Experience

Neurodiversity and Dissociation Special Interest Group (SIG) Chair, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D)

Chair of a special interest group that aims to create a space for education, discussion, and training to help clinicians understand the unique needs and challenges present for traumatized and dissociative individuals who are neurodivergent, i.e., have neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, ADHD, or intellectual/learning disability. A primary focus of this SIG is improving understandings of and practices related to effective assessment and treatment for this population through increasing dialogue, research, and the development of trainings.

Public Health Committee Member, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D)

Member on a committee that aims to create trainings to improve organizational and services capacities to help clients with complex trauma and dissociation.

Transition Age Youth (TAY) Special Interest Group (SIG) Member, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D)

Member on a special interest group that aims to better understand and improve treatment for traumatized and dissociative youth ages 18 to 25. 

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia State University, School of Public Health

Under Dr. Shannon Self-Brownassists with survey development, data collection and analysis, and manuscript and grant writing as well as program evaluation and coordinating communication with community partners. This work focuses on a child maltreatment prevention program, SafeCare, and on grants funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network / Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Office of Victims of Crime to improve outcomes for commercially sexually exploited / trafficked youth.

National Center on Child Trafficking Program Evaluator, Georgia State University

Work with a team to collect and analyze survey responses, focus group / listening session transcripts, and literature reviews with the goal of improving mental health and substance use treatment for trafficked and commercially sexually exploited youth.


Master of Public Health, Epidemiology

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Thesis: “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Autistic Adults: Correlates of Meeting DSM-5 Criteria and Predictors of Professional Diagnosis”

Committee Chair: Shannon Self-Brown, PhD

Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Thesis: “Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Advisors: Christopher Stanzione, PhD and Jenny Singleton, PhD