A. Rani Elwy, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, King's College
MS, London School of Economics and Political



Dr. A. Rani Elwy, PhD is a health psychologist, health services researcher and implementation scientist who examines Veterans’ access to mental health care and communication between patients, families and providers.Dr. Elwy is also an Investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, based at the Boston and Bedford VA Medical Centers. At CHOIR, she directs the Health Communications Research focus area, and within the VA Healthcare System, she has spearheaded the "Disclosure Technical Assistance and Support Program", a communication program developed from health services research evidence and implementation science strategies. Now funded by VA Clinical Operations, Dr. Elwy and her colleagues provide verbal and written communication expertise to facilities needing to disclose information about healthcare to patients, families, employees and the public.

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- funded Implementation Research Institute, under the direction of Professor Enola Proctor. A new avenue of research resulting from this fellowship involves examining social networks of providers to better understand where and how provider behavior change may occur in an organization.

From 2015-2017, Dr. Elwy served as the Director of the MPH Certificate in Program Management. Dr. Elwy also teaches a MPH course called Healthcare Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations (PM755) and a PhD/DrPH/MS course on Research Theory and Design (PH842). She advises many MPH, MS and PhD students in the Health Law, Policy and Management department and the Health Services Research program.

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp



2015-2016 BUSM: Mid-Career Faculty Leadership Program
2013 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, PM755
2012-2014 NIMH/VA: Implementation Research Institute Fellowship
2011 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Fall, PM755
2010 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, PM755
2008 BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, MC831


Development of a Translational Tool to Study Yoga Therapy
12/01/2010 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
University of Connecticut NIH NCCIH
5R01AT006466-03

Help Seeking for Depression by Primary Care Patients
03/01/2007 - 08/29/2008 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
1 R03 MH77021 01A1



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. Kilbourne AM, Elwy AR, Sales AE, Atkins D. Accelerating Research Impact in a Learning Health Care System: VA''s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative in the Choice Act Era. Med Care. 2017 Jul; 55 Suppl 7 Suppl 1:S4-S12. PMID: 27997456; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000683;.
  2. Rinne ST, Elwy AR, Bastian LA, Wong ES, Wiener RS, Liu CF. Impact of Multisystem Health Care on Readmission and Follow-up Among Veterans Hospitalized for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Med Care. 2017 Jul; 55 Suppl 7 Suppl 1:S20-S25. PMID: 28288076; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000708;.
  3. Kim B, Miller CJ, Elwy AR, Holmes SK, Coldwell CM, Bauer MS. Staff perceptions implementing interprofessional team-based behavioural healthcare. J Interprof Care. 2017 May; 31(3):360-367. PMID: 28276840; DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1283302;.
  4. Rinne ST, Elwy AR, Liu CF, Wiener RS, Thayer L, Gerity A, Bastian LA. Implementation of guideline-based therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Differences between men and women veterans. Chron Respir Dis. 2017 Jan 01; 1479972317702141.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28618875.
  5. Maguire EM, Bokhour BG, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Elwy AR. Evaluating the implementation of a national disclosure policy for large-scale adverse events in an integrated health care system: identification of gaps and successes. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Nov 11; 16(1):648.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27835983.
  6. Elwy AR, Itani KM, Bokhour BG, Mueller NM, Glickman ME, Zhao S, Rosen AK, Lynge D, Perkal M, Brotschi EA, Sanchez VM, Gallagher TH. Surgeons'' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2016 Nov 01; 151(11):1015-1021.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27438083; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1787;.
  7. Kim B, Rodrigues S, Dell NS, Elwy AR. . Process mapping appointments to identify improvements in care delivered to patients who screen positive for depression. European Journal of Person Centred Healthcare. 2016; 4(3):433-438. View Publication
  8. Latta RE, Elwy AR, Ngo TA, Kelly MM. Intimate Partner Violence Screening in a Women Veterans’ Health Clinic: Assessing Feasibility. Journal of Family Violence. 2016; 31(5):595-606. View Publication
  9. 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. 2016 Jun; 54(6):e35-42.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24374425; PMCID: PMC4257901; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000056;.
  10. Saper RB, Lemaster CM, Elwy AR, Paris R, Herman PM, Plumb DN, Sherman KJ, Groessl EJ, Lynch S, Wang S, Weinberg J. Yoga versus education for Veterans with chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Apr 29; 17(1):224.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27129472; PMCID: PMC4850721; DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1321-5;.
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