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Lawrence C. Rubin St. Thomas University, USA

Lawrence “Larry” C. Rubin, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Professor of Counselor Education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, where he directs the Mental Health Counseling Program and is a private practice psychologist, professional counselor, and play therapist. Dr. Rubin, past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, currently serves on 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 is 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. Larry blogs about popular culture and psychology for Psychology Today magazine and is the Area Chair of the Division of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Popular Culture for the Popular Culture Association. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife, two children, and five pets.