Mollie A. Ruben, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Mollie Ruben
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 4/3/2024

    Daniali H, Ruben MA, Aslaksen PM, Fiskum C, Kaptchuk TJ, Flaten MA. The Effect of Singular Nonverbal Behaviours of Experimenters on Pain Reports. J Pain Res. 2024; 17:1345-1360. PMID: 38584862.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/7/2023

    Ruben MA, Stosic MD. Preserving privacy in the era of openness: Commentary on open science requirements for identifiable data in psychological science journals. Am Psychol. 2024 Apr; 79(3):463-465. PMID: 38059977.

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  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Stosic MD, Blanch-Hartigan D, Ruben MA, Meyer EC, Henig A, Waisel DB, Blum RH. "You Look Young! Are You a Doctor?" A Qualitative Content Analysis of Anesthesiology Resident Responses to Ageism in Clinical Encounters. Anesthesiology. 2023 Nov 01; 139(5):667-674. PMID: 37582252.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/31/2023

    Daniali H, Ruben MA, Flaten MA. Systematic manipulation of experimenters' non-verbal behaviors for the investigation of pain reports and placebo effects. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1248127. PMID: 38023052.

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  • Published on 5/23/2023

    Scarpulla E, Stosic MD, Weaver AE, Ruben MA. Should I post? The relationships among social media use, emotion recognition, and mental health. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1161300. PMID: 37287775.

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  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Fix GM, Kim B, Ruben M, McCullough MB. Direct Observation Methods: a Practical Guide for Health Researchers. PEC Innov. 2022 Dec; 1. PMID: 36406296.

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  • Published on 11/4/2022

    Ruben MA, LaPiere T. Social identity and the mental health and wellbeing of male veterans. Health Psychol Rep. 2023; 11(3):262-268. PMID: 38084264.

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  • Published on 10/19/2022

    Stosic MD, Helwig S, Ruben MA. More Than Meets the Eyes: Bringing Attention to the Eyes Increases First Impressions of Warmth and Competence. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2024 Feb; 50(2):253-269. PMID: 36259443.

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  • 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 Aug; 25(8):1258-1267. PMID: 35417249.

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  • 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.

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