Mollie A. Ruben, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Mollie Ruben
617.414.5013
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

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

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 4/12/2022

    Hutchinson RN, Anderson EC, Ruben MA, Manning N, John L, Daruvala A, Rizzo DM, Eppstein MJ, Gramling R, Han PKJ. A Formative Mixed-Methods Study of Emotional Responsiveness in Telepalliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2022 Apr 12. PMID: 35417249.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Berke DS, Ruben MA, Liautaud MM, Meterko M, Kauth MR, Shipherd JC. Discrimination Exposure Based on Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation of Veterans Affairs Health Administration Patients. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2022; 33(2):714-725. PMID: 35574871.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/25/2021

    Stosic MD, Blanch-Hartigan D, Aleksanyan T, Duenas J, Ruben MA. Empathy, friend or foe? Untangling the relationship between empathy and burnout in helping professions. J Soc Psychol. 2022 Jan 02; 162(1):89-108. PMID: 34821209.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Ruben MA, Kauth MR, Meterko M, Norton AM, Matza AR, Shipherd JC. Veterans' Reported Comfort in Disclosing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Med Care. 2021 06 01; 59(6):550-556. PMID: 33797509.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/12/2021

    Stosic MD, Helwig S, Ruben MA. Greater belief in science predicts mask-wearing behavior during COVID-19. Pers Individ Dif. 2021 Jul; 176:110769. PMID: 33612904.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/15/2021

    Ruben MA, Stosic MD, Correale J, Blanch-Hartigan D. Is Technology Enhancing or Hindering Interpersonal Communication? A Framework and Preliminary Results to Examine the Relationship Between Technology Use and Nonverbal Decoding Skill. Front Psychol. 2020; 11:611670. PMID: 33519627.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/5/2020

    Wolfe HL, Fix GM, Bolton RE, Ruben MA, Bokhour BG. Development of observational rating scales for evaluating patient-centered communication within a whole health approach to care. Explore (NY). 2021 Nov-Dec; 17(6):491-497. PMID: 32703684.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/16/2020

    Livingston NA, Berke D, Scholl J, Ruben M, Shipherd JC. Addressing Diversity in PTSD Treatment: Clinical Considerations and Guidance for the Treatment of PTSD in LGBTQ Populations. Curr Treat Options Psychiatry. 2020; 7(2):53-69. PMID: 32421099.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Waisel DB, Ruben MA, Blanch-Hartigan D, Hall JA, Meyer EC, Blum RH. Compassionate and Clinical Behavior of Residents in a Simulated Informed Consent Encounter. Anesthesiology. 2020 01; 132(1):159-169. PMID: 31770142.

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  • Published on 10/24/2019

    Bolton RE, Bokhour BG, Hogan TP, Luger TM, Ruben M, Fix GM. Integrating Personalized Care Planning into Primary Care: a Multiple-Case Study of Early Adopting Patient-Centered Medical Homes. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 02; 35(2):428-436. PMID: 31650401.

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