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

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



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



2017 VA HSR&D: Best Research Paper Award
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. Ragavan M, Syed-Swift Y, Elwy AR, Fikre T, Bair-Merritt M. The Influence of Culture on Healthy Relationship Formation and Teen Dating Violence: A Qualitative Analysis of South Asian Female Youth Residing in the United States. J Interpers Violence. 2018 Jul 01; 886260518787815.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29991337.
     
  2. Bormann JE, Thorp SR, Smith E, Glickman M, Beck D, Plumb D, Zhao S, Ackland PE, Rodgers CS, Heppner P, Herz LR, Elwy AR. Individual Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Using Mantram Repetition: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Jun 20; appiajp201817060611.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29921143.
     
  3. Frakt AB, Prentice JC, Pizer SD, Elwy AR, Garrido MM, Kilbourne AM, Atkins D. Overcoming Challenges to Evidence-Based Policy Development in a Large, Integrated Delivery System. Health Serv Res. 2018 Jun 03.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29862494.
     
  4. Park CL, Elwy AR, Maiya M, Sarkin AJ, Riley KE, Eisen SV, Gutierrez I, Finkelstein-Fox L, Lee SY, Casteel D, Braun T, Groessl EJ. The Essential Properties of Yoga Questionnaire (EPYQ): Psychometric Properties. Int J Yoga Therap. 2018 Mar 02. PMID: 29498893; DOI: 10.17761/2018-00016R2;.
     
  5. Bolton RE, Fix GM, VanDeusen Lukas C, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG. Biopsychosocial benefits of movement-based complementary and integrative health therapies for patients with chronic conditions. Chronic Illn. 2018 Jan 01; 1742395318782377.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29914264; DOI: 10.1177/1742395318782377;.
     
  6. Rinne ST, Rinne TJ, Olsen K, Wiener RS, Balcezak TJ, Dardani W, Elwy R. Hospital Administrators' Perspectives on Physician Engagement: A Qualitative Study. J Hosp Med. 2018 03 01; 13(3):179-181.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29186211.
     
  7. Ragavan MI, Li W, Elwy AR, Cowden JD, Bair-Merritt M. Chinese, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian Parents' Perspectives About Well-Child Visits: A Qualitative Analysis. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Aug; 18(6):628-635.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29157598.
     
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28288076; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000708;.
     
  9. 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;.
     
  10. 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 Nov; 14(4):385-391.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28618875.
     
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