Mollie A. Ruben, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

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

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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

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  1. 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. 2023 Dec 07. PMID: 38059977
  2. 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
  3. 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; PMCID: PMC10644817; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1248127;
  4. 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; PMCID: PMC10242173; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1161300;
  5. Fix GM, Kim B, Ruben M, McCullough MB. Direct Observation Methods: a Practical Guide for Health Researchers. PEC Innov. 2022 Dec; 1.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36406296; PMCID: PMC9670254; DOI: 10.1016/j.pecinn.2022.100036;
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC10670778; DOI: 10.5114/hpr/154989;
  7. 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
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC9347382; DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0589;
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35574871
  10. 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
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