LABBB Podcast Episode #20: Massachusetts Sibling Support Network with Emily Rubin

In episode #20 we talk about sibling support with Emily Rubin. Emily is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMASS Medical School and Director of Sibling Support at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. She is also Co-founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN). Emily is a Licensed Social Worker.

This was a special podcast and it was a reflective experience for me as a sibling of a sister with special needs. Emily shares her research on sibling support groups and her perspective and knowledge on this subject is profound. This is a must-listen for families and siblings and there are many resources you can access.

Check out the MSSN website at! You can sign up for a free membership at, and you can find us on Facebook, too:

More information is available on these links:

Supporting siblings of youth with mental health needs:

MSSN brochure:

MSSN educational presentations:

MSSN research brief on siblings: