Last Name

Mollie A. Ruben, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address150 S Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8918-8932
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InstitutionVA Boston Healthcare System

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

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  1. 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.
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  2. 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. 2016 Jul 27; 1-7. PMID: 27463408.
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  3. Ruben MA, Hall JA. A Lens Model Approach to the Communication of Pain. Health Commun. 2016 Aug; 31(8):934-45. PMID: 26752199.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. Gunnery SD, Ruben MA. Perceptions of Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles: A meta-analysis. Cogn Emot. 2016; 30(3):501-15. PMID: 25787714.
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  7. 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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  8. Murphy NA, Hall JA, Schmid Mast M, Ruben MA, Frauendorfer D, Blanch-Hartigan D, Roter DL, Nguyen L. Reliability and validity of nonverbal thin slices in social interactions. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2015 Feb; 41(2):199-213. PMID: 25488925.
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  9. Hall JA, Ship AN, Ruben MA, Curtin EM, Roter DL, Clever SL, Smith CC, Pounds K. Clinically relevant correlates of accurate perception of patients' thoughts and feelings. Health Commun. 2015; 30(5):423-9. PMID: 24949868.
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  10. Ruben MA, Hill KM, Hall JA. How women's sexual orientation guides accuracy of interpersonal judgements of other women. Cogn Emot. 2014; 28(8):1512-21. PMID: 24564873.
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  11. Hall JA, Ship AN, Ruben MA, Curtin EM, Roter DL, Clever SL, Smith CC, Pounds K. The Test of Accurate Perception of Patients' Affect (TAPPA): an ecologically valid tool for assessing interpersonal perception accuracy in clinicians. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Feb; 94(2):218-23. PMID: 24184040.
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  12. Ruben MA, Hall JA. "I know your pain": proximal and distal predictors of pain detection accuracy. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2013 Oct; 39(10):1346-58. PMID: 23852457.
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  13. Blanch-Hartigan D, Ruben MA. Training clinicians to accurately perceive their patients: current state and future directions. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Sep; 92(3):328-36. PMID: 23490175.
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