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 (Subcontract PI)
University of Connecticut NIH NCCIH

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


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  1. Zeliadt SB, Coggeshall S, Gelman H, Shin MH, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Taylor SL. Assessing the Relative Effectiveness of Combining Self-Care with Practitioner-Delivered Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies to Improve Pain in a Pragmatic Trial. Pain Med. 2020 12 12; 21(Suppl 2):S100-S109. PMID: 33313736
  2. Branch-Elliman W, Elwy AR, Monach P. Bringing New Meaning to the Term "Adaptive Trial": Challenges of Conducting Clinical Research During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic and Implications for Implementation Science. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Nov; 7(11):ofaa490.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33204763
  3. Merker VL, Plotkin SR, Charns MP, Meterko M, Jordan JT, Elwy AR. Effective provider-patient communication of a rare disease diagnosis: A qualitative study of people diagnosed with schwannomatosis. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 Sep 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33051127
  4. Elwy AR. Finding His Voice. JAMA. 2020 Sep 15; 324(11):1039-1040. PMID: 32930762
  5. Elwy AR, Taylor SL. Progress of Veterans Health Administration Complementary and Integrative Health Research Along the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Implementation Roadmap. Med Care. 2020 09; 58 Suppl 2 9S:S75-S77. PMID: 32826774
  6. Elwy AR, Taylor SL, Zhao S, McGowan M, Plumb DN, Westleigh W, Gaj L, Yan GW, Bokhour BG. Participating in Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Is Associated With Veterans' Patient-reported Outcomes Over Time. Med Care. 2020 09; 58 Suppl 2 9S:S125-S132.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32826782
  7. Haun JN, Alman AC, Melillo C, Standifer M, McMahon-Grenz J, Shin M, Lapcevic WA, Patel N, Elwy AR. Using Electronic Data Collection Platforms to Assess Complementary and Integrative Health Patient-Reported Outcomes: Feasibility Project. JMIR Med Inform. 2020 Jun 26; 8(6):e15609. PMID: 32589163
  8. Elwy AR, Dusek J, Taylor SL. Call for Special Issue Papers: Effectiveness, Implementation, and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health. J Altern Complement Med. 2020 Jun; 26(6):441-443. PMID: 32525742
  9. Elwy AR, Dusek J, Taylor SL. Call for Special Issue Papers: Effectiveness, Implementation, and Dissemination Research in Integrative Health. J Altern Complement Med. 2020 May; 26(5):353-355. PMID: 32401621
  10. Elwy AR, Kim B, Plumb DN, Wang S, Gifford AL, Asch SM, Bormann JE, Mittman BS, Valente TW, Palinkas LA. The Connectedness of Mental Health Providers Referring Patients to a Treatment Study for Post-Traumatic Stress: A Social Network Study. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020 03; 47(2):197-209.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31236732
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