Ruby H.N. Nguyen PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Women’s health, etiology of reduced fertility, infertility and later disease, intersection of genital tract infections on reproduction, pregnancy-related morbidity, and epidemiologic methods in studies of fertility.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

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Ruby Nguyen received her Ph.D. and M.H.S. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. She has general research interests in maternal, child and family health; chronic vulvar pain; the etiology of reduced fertility; and infertility and later disease. She is currently examining the a cohort of pregnant women with and without chronic vulvar pain; and the role of weight loss and reproductive function in men.

  • PhD Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • MHS Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • BA Microbiology, University of Minnesota, MN, Twin Cities


PubH 3350 Epidemiology: People, Places, and Disease

PubH 6605 Perinatal and Reproductive Health

Professional Experience:

  • 2015 – Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota


  • 2009 – 2010 Institute of Medicine, Committee on Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines


  • 2007 – 2015 Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota


  • 2003-2007 – Post Doctoral Fellow, Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Triangle Park, NC


  • 2003 – Co-Instructor, Introduction to Epidemiology, Kreiger Schoool of Arts and Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


  • 2002-2003 – Post Doctoral Fellow, Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), Center for Sexually Transmitted Infections Research & Prevention, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


  • 2015 – Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health, Faculty Inductee
  • 2010 – National Vulvodynia Association Marinoff Career Award
  • 2008 – National Institutes of Health, Fellows Award for Research Excellence
  • 2006 – National Institutes of Health, Fellows Award for Research Excellence
  • 2002 – Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, Jean Coombs Award
  • 2002 – Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Student Intern Award
  • 2001 – Fogarty International Center, Minority and New Investigator Award for International HIV/AIDS Research
  • 1991-1995 – Dr. Roland DeLapp Scholarship

Selected Current Projects:


Selected Publications:

  • Nelson JW, Edhlund BL, Johnson J, Rosebush CE, Holmquist ZS, Swan SH, Nguyen
    RH. Assessing a New Method for Measuring Fetal Exposure to Mercury: Newborn
    Bloodspots. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Jul 9;13(7). pii: E692. doi:
    10.3390/ijerph13070692. PubMed PMID: 27409626; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4962233.
  • Akosionu O, Virnig B, Call KT, Yuan JM, Chanthanouvong S, Nguyen RH. The
    Impact of Gender Differences in Attitudes and Beliefs Concerning HBV Vaccination
    and Screening in the Lao Community. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Feb;18(1):277-81.
    doi: 10.1007/s10903-015-0160-x. PubMed PMID: 25612922.
  • Nixdorf DR, Law AS, Lindquist K, Reams GJ, Cole E, Kanter K, Nguyen RH, Harris
    DR; National Dental PBRN Collaborative Group. Frequency, impact, and predictors
    of persistent pain after root canal treatment: a national dental PBRN study.
    Pain. 2016 Jan;157(1):159-65. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000343. PubMed PMID:
    26335907; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4684798.
  • Nguyen RH. Concerted public health strategies should address the barriers to
    transformative pain research. J Pain. 2015 Aug;16(8):804-5. doi:
    10.1016/j.jpain.2015.03.009. PubMed PMID: 26232178.
  • Johnson NS, Harwood EM, Nguyen RH. “You have to go through it and have your
    children”: reproductive experiences among women with vulvodynia. BMC Pregnancy
    Childbirth. 2015 May 15;15:114. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0544-x. PubMed PMID:
    25976086; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4518563.
  • Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S, Barrett ES, Janssen S, Liu F, Nguyen RH, Redmon JB;
    TIDES Study Team. First trimester phthalate exposure and anogenital distance in
    newborns. Hum Reprod. 2015 Apr;30(4):963-72. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deu363. Epub
    2015 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 25697839; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4359397.
  • Nguyen RH, Reese RL, Harlow BL. Differences in pain subtypes between Hispanic
    and non-Hispanic white women with chronic vulvar pain. J Womens Health (Larchmt).
    2015 Feb;24(2):144-50. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4892. Epub 2015 Jan 20. PubMed PMID:
    25603224; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4326349.
  • Nguyen RH, Mathur C, Wynings EM, Williams DA, Harlow BL. Remission of vulvar
    pain among women with primary vulvodynia. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2015
    Jan;19(1):62-7. doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000041. PubMed PMID: 24859843; PubMed
    Central PMCID: PMC4241190.
  • Serrano SE, Karr CJ, Seixas NS, Nguyen RH, Barrett ES, Janssen S, Redmon B,
    Swan SH, Sathyanarayana S. Dietary phthalate exposure in pregnant women and the
    impact of consumer practices. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Jun
    12;11(6):6193-215. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110606193. PubMed PMID: 24927036; PubMed
    Central PMCID: PMC4078574.
  • Barrett ES, Sathyanarayana S, Janssen S, Redmon JB, Nguyen RH, Kobrosly R,
    Swan SH; TIDES Study Team. Environmental health attitudes and behaviors: findings
    from a large pregnancy cohort study. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014
    May;176:119-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.02.029. Epub 2014 Feb 26. PubMed PMID:
    24647207; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4001243.
  • Harlow BL, Kunitz CG, Nguyen RH, Rydell SA, Turner RM, MacLehose RF.
    Prevalence of symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of vulvodynia:
    population-based estimates from 2 geographic regions. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014
    Jan;210(1):40.e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2013.09.033. Epub 2013 Sep 28. PubMed
    PMID: 24080300; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3885163.
  • Nguyen RH, Turner RM, Rydell SA, Maclehose RF, Harlow BL. Perceived
    stereotyping and seeking care for chronic vulvar pain. Pain Med. 2013
    Oct;14(10):1461-7. doi: 10.1111/pme.12151. Epub 2013 Jun 6. PubMed PMID:
    23742116; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4036065.
  • Nguyen RH, Veasley C, Smolenski D. Latent class analysis of comorbidity
    patterns among women with generalized and localized vulvodynia: preliminary
    findings. J Pain Res. 2013 Apr 18;6:303-9. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S42940. Print 2013.
    PubMed PMID: 23637555; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3636807.
  • Nguyen RH. With the identification of a high-risk group for the development
    of vulvodynia comes an eye on prevention. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012
    Nov;21(11):1130-1. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.3967. Epub 2012 Oct 12. PubMed PMID:
  • Nguyen RH, MacLehose RF, Veasley C, Turner RM, Harlow BL, Horvath KJ. Comfort
    in discussing vulvar pain in social relationships among women with vulvodynia. J
    Reprod Med. 2012 Mar-Apr;57(3-4):109-14. PubMed PMID: 22523869.
  • Nguyen RH, Ecklund AM, Maclehose RF, Veasley C, Harlow BL. Co-morbid pain
    conditions and feelings of invalidation and isolation among women with
    vulvodynia. Psychol Health Med. 2012;17(5):589-98. doi:
    10.1080/13548506.2011.647703. Epub 2012 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 22329615.
  • Nguyen RH, Wilcox AJ, Skjaerven R, Baird DD. Men’s body mass index and
    infertility. Hum Reprod. 2007 Sep;22(9):2488-93. Epub 2007 Jul 17. PubMed PMID:
  • Nguyen RH, Wilcox AJ, Baird DD. Can men provide accurate confounder data
    about their partners for Time-to-Pregnancy studies? Ann Epidemiol. 2007
    Mar;17(3):186-90. Epub 2006 Dec 11. PubMed PMID: 17161955.
  • Nguyen RH, Wilcox AJ. Terms in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology: 2.
    Perinatal terms. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005 Dec;59(12):1019-21. PubMed
    PMID: 16286486; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1732966.
  • Nguyen RH, Wilcox AJ. Terms in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology: I.
    Reproductive terms. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2005 Nov;59(11):916-9. PubMed
    PMID: 16234416; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1732942.