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A. Rani Elwy, PhD

TitleAssociate 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

Start-EndDescription
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
2013BUSPH: Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring, PM755
 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 Director of the Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER), a VA Health Services Research & Development Resource Center, based at VA Boston Healthcare System. 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.

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 director 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. Dr. Elwy 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. Dr. Elwy is currently a standing member of SPH's Education Committee.

 Publications
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  1. Wagner TH, Taylor T, Cowgill E, Asch SM, Su P, Bokhour B, Durfee J, Martinello RA, Maguire E, Elwy AR. Intended and unintended effects of large-scale adverse event disclosure: a controlled before-after analysis of five large-scale notifications. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 May; 24(5):295-302.
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  2. Kim B, Lucatorto MA, Hawthorne K, Hersh J, Myers R, Elwy AR, Graham GD. Care coordination between specialty care and primary care: a focus group study of provider perspectives on strong practices and improvement opportunities. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2015; 8:47-58.
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  3. Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Maguire EM, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Schiffner S, Jesse RL. Improving healthcare systems'' disclosures of large-scale adverse events: a department of veterans affairs leadership, policymaker, research and stakeholder partnership. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:895-903.
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  4. Midboe AM, Elwy AR, Durfee JM, Gifford AL, Yakovchenko V, Martinello RA, Ross D, Czarnogorski M, Goetz MB, Asch SM. Building Strong Research Partnerships Between Public Health and Researchers: A VA Case Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:831-4.
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  5. Taylor SL, Elwy AR. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for US Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel: Promising Steps to Improve Their Health. Med Care. 2014 Dec; 52 Suppl 5:S1-4.
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  6. Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Glickman ME, Vogt D, Martin JA, Osei-Bonsu PE, Drainoni ML, Elwy AR. Postdeployment resilience as a predictor of mental health in operation enduring freedom/operation iraqi freedom returnees. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 47(6):754-61.
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  7. Park CL, Groessl E, Maiya M, Sarkin A, Eisen SV, Riley K, Elwy AR. Comparison groups in yoga research: a systematic review and critical evaluation of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Oct; 22(5):920-9.
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  8. 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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  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. 2013 Dec 26.
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Elwy AR. A piece of my mind. Extended family. JAMA. 2007 Jun 27; 297(24):2675-6.
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  20. 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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  21. Elwy AR. All parents need family pediatrics. Pediatrics. 2006 Jan; 117(1):218-9.
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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