About Dr. Rubin

Nikki Rubin, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in evidence-based therapies. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCSD in Literature/Writing, where she also completed Minors in Human Development and Spanish Literature. Dr. Rubin earned both a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Pepperdine University's APA accredited Graduate School of Education and Psychology. During this time she began her training in 3rd wave CBT at Harbor-UCLA's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic in Torrance, California. She completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University) in Newark, New Jersey where she provided 3rd wave CBT to patients in the university hospital as well as to inmates in Northern State Prison. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in CBT at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York, New York where she was subsequently hired as a senior staff psychologist, and served as the Co-Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Rubin began her own private practice in Manhattan in 2014 as part of a small community of clinicians in New York who specialize in 3rd wave CBT. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2018 to continue her work in providing high quality evidence-based psychological treatments for adolescents and adults.

Dr. Rubin is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Dr. Rubin currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor within UCLA's clinical psychology Ph.D. program where she trains students in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Clinical Supervisor/Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College where she helped increase interest and training in 3rd wave CBT in the historically psychoanalytically focused clinical doctoral program. She also previously worked as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology providing instruction in 3rd wave CBT in the Psy.D. program at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. For more information, please view her Psychology Today profile here.


Dr. Rubin has received extensive training in both 2nd and 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapies, and thus has significant expertise in providing individually tailored treatments that draw from these evidence-based approaches. She primarily practices from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) orientation, though she often uses traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approaches as well (e.g. Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD). Dr. Rubin has also received training and supervision in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Schema Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Her research during graduate school focused on sociocultural adaptations of cognitive behavioral therapies (e.g. DBT for Spanish-speaking Latinx patients; CBT for depressed cisgender men who tend to adhere to a traditional masculine gender identity).