Mollie A. Ruben, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

(617) 414-5013
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Ruben earned her PhD in psychology at Northeastern University where she developed a strong background in doctor-patient communication, measuring and quantifying nonverbal behavior, creating standardized tests to evaluate physicians’ interpersonal skill, and meta-analysis. Dr. Ruben is a certified and reliable Facial Action Coding System (FACS) and Roter Interaction Analysis (RIAS) coder. Dr. Ruben uses these coding systems to examine the impact of providers’ communication style on patient health outcomes, with a particular interest in ameliorating the physical pain experience for patients. Additionally, Dr. Ruben is interested in doctor-patient communication among sexual minorities or LGBT patients.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Northeastern University, PhD
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • Franklin & Marshall College, BA


  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Ruben MA, Blosnich JR, Dichter ME, Luscri L, Shipherd JC. Will Veterans Answer Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions? Med Care. 2017 Sep; 55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2:S85-S89. PMID: 28806370.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/4/2017

    Ruben MA, Meterko M, Bokhour BG. Do patient perceptions of provider communication relate to experiences of physical pain? Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Aug 04. PMID: 28803029.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/13/2017

    Hall JA, Back MD, Nestler S, Frauendorfer D, Schmid Mast M, Ruben MA. How Do Different Ways of Measuring Individual Differences in Zero-Acquaintance Personality Judgment Accuracy Correlate With Each Other? J Pers. 2017 Feb 13. PMID: 28192851.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Ruben MA, Shipherd JC, Topor D, AhnAllen CG, Sloan CA, Walton HM, Matza AR, Trezza GR. Advancing LGBT Health Care Policies and Clinical Care Within a Large Academic Health Care System: A Case Study. J Homosex. 2017; 64(10):1411-1431. PMID: 28459380.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/27/2016

    Ruben MA, Blanch-Hartigan D, Hall JA. Nonverbal Communication as a Pain Reliever: The Impact of Physician Supportive Nonverbal Behavior on Experimentally Induced Pain. Health Commun. 2017 Aug; 32(8):970-976. PMID: 27463408.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/11/2016

    Ruben MA, Hall JA. A Lens Model Approach to the Communication of Pain. Health Commun. 2016 Aug; 31(8):934-45. PMID: 26752199.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/21/2015

    Ruben MA, van Osch M, Blanch-Hartigan D. Healthcare providers' accuracy in assessing patients' pain: A systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Oct; 98(10):1197-206. PMID: 26223850.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2015

    Przedworski JM, Dovidio JF, Hardeman RR, Phelan SM, Burke SE, Ruben MA, Perry SP, Burgess DJ, Nelson DB, Yeazel MW, Knudsen JM, van Ryn M. A Comparison of the Mental Health and Well-Being of Sexual Minority and Heterosexual First-Year Medical Students: A Report From the Medical Student CHANGE Study. Acad Med. 2015 May; 90(5):652-9. PMID: 25674912.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/19/2015

    Gunnery SD, Ruben MA. Perceptions of Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles: A meta-analysis. Cogn Emot. 2016; 30(3):501-15. PMID: 25787714.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/6/2015

    Ruben MA, Hall JA, Schmid Mast M. Smiling in a job interview: when less is more. J Soc Psychol. 2015 Mar-Apr; 155(2):107-26. PMID: 25309976.

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