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

PhD, Northeastern University
MA, Northeastern University

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

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. 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 Apr 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30998062.
  2. 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 Jul; 45(7):983-993. PMID: 30400748.
  3. Blanch-Hartigan D, Ruben MA, Hall JA, Schmid Mast M. Measuring nonverbal behavior in clinical interactions: A pragmatic guide. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 12; 101(12):2209-2218. PMID: 30146408.
  4. Ruben MA, Blanch-Hartigan D, Shipherd JC. To Know Another's Pain: A Meta-analysis of Caregivers' and Healthcare Providers' Pain Assessment Accuracy. Ann Behav Med. 2018 Jul 13; 52(8):662-685.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30010705.
  5. Shipherd JC, Ruben MA, Livingston NA, Curreri A, Skolnik AA. Treatment experiences among LGBT veterans with discrimination-based trauma exposure: A pilot study. J Trauma Dissociation. 2018 Jul-Sep; 19(4):461-475.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29601292.
  6. Ruben MA, Fullerton M. Proportion of patients who disclose their sexual orientation to healthcare providers and its relationship to patient outcomes: A meta-analysis and review. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 09; 101(9):1549-1560. PMID: 29778500.
  7. Ruben MA, Blosnich JR, Dichter ME, Luscri L, Shipherd JC. Will Veterans Answer Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions? Med Care. 2017 Sep; 55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2:S85-S89.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28806370.
  8. Ruben MA, Meterko M, Bokhour BG. Do patient perceptions of provider communication relate to experiences of physical pain? Patient Educ Couns. 2018 02; 101(2):209-213.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28803029.
  9. 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. 2018 Apr; 86(2):220-232. PMID: 28192851; DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12307;.
  10. Ruben MA, Shipherd JC, Topor D, AhnAllen CG, Sloan CA, Walton HM, Matza AR, Trezza GR. Advancing LGBT Health Care Policies and Clinical Care Within a Large Academic Health Care System: A Case Study. J Homosex. 2017; 64(10):1411-1431.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28459380.
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