Last Name

A. Rani Elwy, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(781) 687-2861
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-7088-3118
Other Positions
InstitutionBedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

 Awards and Honors

2008BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, MC831
2010BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, PM755
2011BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Fall, PM755
2012-2014NIMH/VA: Implementation Research Institute Fellowship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. A. Rani Elwy, PhD is a health psychologist and health services researcher, who examines Veterans’ access to mental health care and communication between patients, families and providers. In addition to her role at BUSPH, she is also an investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, and the co-Implementation Research Coordinator with the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, based at the Bedford VA Medical Center.

Specific projects as principal investigator include examining surgeons’ communication with patients and families about unanticipated surgical events and the impact on this on surgeons’ well-being and patients’ trust in VA; investigating and improving large scale adverse event disclosures in the VA; predicting Veterans’ treatment seeking for a new episode of depression from their illness perceptions; and establishing an evidence-base for complementary and alternative medicine as first-line treatments for Veterans with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. In 2012-2014, Dr. Elwy was a fellow with the NIMH- and VA QUERI- funded Implementation Research Institute. A new avenue of research resulting from this fellowship involves examining social networks of providers to better understand where and how change may occur in an organization. Dr. Elwy is also teaches a Master of Public Health course called Healthcare Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations (PM755). She advises many MPH, MS and PhD students in the Health Policy and Management department and the Health Services Research program.

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  1. Elwy AR, Groessl EJ, Eisen SV, Riley KE, Maiya M, Lee JP, Sarkin A, Park CL. A systematic scoping review of yoga intervention components and study quality. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 47(2):220-32.
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  2. Elwy AR, Glickman ME, Bokhour BG, Dell NS, Mueller NM, Zhao S, Osei-Bonsu PE, Rodrigues S, Coldwell CM, Ngo TA, Schlosser J, Vielhauer MJ, Pirraglia PA, Eisen SV. Using Mixed Methods to Examine the Role of Veterans' Illness Perceptions on Depression Treatment Utilization and HEDIS Concordance. Med Care. 2013 Dec 26.
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  3. Osei-Bonsu PE, Bokhour BG, Glickman ME, Rodrigues S, Mueller NM, Dell NS, Zhao S, Eisen SV, Elwy AR. The role of coping in depression treatment utilization for VA primary care patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Mar; 94(3):396-402.
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  4. Elwy AR, Horton NJ, Saitz R. Physicians'' attitudes toward unhealthy alcohol use and self-efficacy for screening and counseling as predictors of their counseling and primary care patients'' drinking outcomes. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2013; 8(1):17.
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  5. Bokhour BG, Cohn ES, Cortés DE, Solomon JL, Fix GM, Elwy AR, Mueller N, Katz LA, Haidet P, Green AR, Borzecki AM, Kressin NR. The role of patients' explanatory models and daily-lived experience in hypertension self-management. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1626-34.
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  6. Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Vogt D, Glickman ME, Elwy AR, Drainoni ML, Osei-Bonsu PE, Martin J. Mental and physical health status and alcohol and drug use following return from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar; 102 Suppl 1:S66-73.
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  7. Elwy AR, Yeh J, Worcester J, Eisen SV. An illness perception model of primary care patients' help seeking for depression. Qual Health Res. 2011 Nov; 21(11):1495-507.
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  8. Vogt D, Smith B, Elwy R, Martin J, Schultz M, Drainoni ML, Eisen S. Predeployment, deployment, and postdeployment risk factors for posttraumatic stress symptomatology in female and male OEF/OIF veterans. J Abnorm Psychol. 2011 Nov; 120(4):819-31.
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  9. Vogt D, Vaughn R, Glickman ME, Schultz M, Drainoni ML, Elwy R, Eisen S. Gender differences in combat-related stressors and their association with postdeployment mental health in a nationally representative sample of U.S. OEF/OIF veterans. J Abnorm Psychol. 2011 Nov; 120(4):797-806.
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  10. Del Vecchio N, Elwy AR, Smith E, Bottonari KA, Eisen SV. Enhancing self-report assessment of PTSD: development of an item bank. J Trauma Stress. 2011 Apr; 24(2):191-9.
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  11. Elwy AR, Ranganathan G, Eisen SV. Race-ethnicity and diagnosis as predictors of outpatient service use among treatment initiators. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Nov; 59(11):1285-91.
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  12. Elwy AR. A piece of my mind. Extended family. JAMA. 2007 Jun 27; 297(24):2675-6.
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  13. Elwy AR, Michie S, Marteau TM. Attributions and reported communication of a diagnosis of down syndrome. Health Commun. 2007; 22(2):115-21.
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  14. Elwy AR. All parents need family pediatrics. Pediatrics. 2006 Jan; 117(1):218-9.
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  15. Elwy AR, Hart GJ, Hawkes S, Petticrew M. Effectiveness of interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus in heterosexual men: a systematic review. Arch Intern Med. 2002 Sep 9; 162(16):1818-30.
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  16. Smith JA, Michie S, Allanson A, Elwy R. Certainty and uncertainty in genetic counselling: a qualitative case study. Psychol Health. 2000; 15(1):1-12.
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  17. Elwy AR, Groessl EJ, Eisen SV, Riley K, Maiya M, Lee JP, Sarkin A, Park CL. A systematic scoping review of yoga intervention components and intervention quality. In press. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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