Mollie A. Ruben PhD

Research Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine

150 S Huntington Avenue | (617) 414-5013
Mollie Ruben
Sections

General Internal Medicine

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.

Education

Psychology, PhD, Northeastern University, 2014

Psychology, MA, Northeastern University, 2011

Psychology, BA, Franklin & Marshall College, 2009

Publications

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.

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.

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.

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). 2020 Jul 05. PMID: 32703684.

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 Mar 16; 1-17. PMID: 32421099.

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.

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.

Published on 9/26/2019

Ruben MA, Livingston NA, Berke DS, Matza AR, Shipherd JC. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans' Experiences of Discrimination in Health Care and Their Relation to Health Outcomes: A Pilot Study Examining the Moderating Role of Provider Communication. Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):480-488. PMID: 31559377.

Published on 4/18/2019

Livingston NA, Berke DS, Ruben MA, Matza AR, Shipherd JC. Experiences of trauma, discrimination, microaggressions, and minority stress among trauma-exposed LGBT veterans: Unexpected findings and unresolved service gaps. Psychol Trauma. 2019 Oct; 11(7):695-703. PMID: 30998062.

Published on 11/7/2018

Murphy NA, Hall JA, Ruben MA, Frauendorfer D, Schmid Mast M, Johnson KE, Nguyen L. Predictive Validity of Thin-Slice Nonverbal Behavior from Social Interactions. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2019 07; 45(7):983-993. PMID: 30400748.

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