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
BA, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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

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. Roseen EJ, Pinheiro A, Lemaster CM, Plumb D, Wang S, Elwy AR, Streeter CC, Lynch S, Groessl E, Sherman KJ, Weinberg J, Saper RB. Yoga Versus Education for Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Jan 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36650329; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-023-08037-2;
  2. Li B, Gillmeyer KR, Molloy-Paolillo B, Vimalananda VG, Elwy AR, Wiener RS, Rinne ST. Scoping Review of Pulmonary Telemedicine Consults: Current Knowledge and Research Gaps. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Dec 09. PMID: 36490386; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202205-404OC;
  3. Orchowski LM, Oesterle DW, Zong ZY, Bogen KW, Elwy AR, Berkowitz AD, Pearlman DN. Implementing school-wide sexual assault prevention in middle schools: A qualitative analysis of school stakeholder perspectives. J Community Psychol. 2022 Dec 05. PMID: 36468237; DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22974;
  4. LoBrutto LR, Elwy AR, Miano D, Ann Petrakis B, Kyrish A, Javier S, Erhardt T, Midboe AM, Carbonaro R, Jasuja GK, McInnes DK, Maguire EM, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Clayman ML. Antecedents to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among patients and employees in the Veterans Health Administration. Transl Behav Med. 2022 Nov 30. PMID: 36448882; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac085;
  5. Mattocks KM, Kroll-Desrosiers A, Moore Simas TA, Bastian LA, Marteeny V, Walker L, Sheahan K, Elwy AR. Examining Pregnant Veterans' Acceptance and Beliefs Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Sep; 37(Suppl 3):671-678. PMID: 36042080; PMCID: PMC9427157; DOI: 10.1007/s11606-022-07588-0;
  6. Goldschmidt AB, Tortolani CC, Egbert AH, Brick LA, Elwy AR, Donaldson D, Le Grange D. Implementation and outcomes of home-based treatments for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: Study protocol for a pilot effectiveness-implementation trial. Int J Eat Disord. 2022 Nov; 55(11):1627-1634. PMID: 36324297; DOI: 10.1002/eat.23796;
  7. Merker VL, Slobogean B, Jordan JT, Langmead S, Meterko M, Charns MP, Elwy AR, Blakeley JO, Plotkin SR. Understanding barriers to diagnosis in a rare, genetic disease: Delays and errors in diagnosing schwannomatosis. Am J Med Genet A. 2022 Sep; 188(9):2672-2683.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35678462; PMCID: PMC9378587; DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.62860;
  8. Bakhshaie J, Doorley J, Reichman M, Mace R, Laverty D, Matuszewski PE, Elwy AR, Fatehi A, Bowers LC, Ly T, Vranceanu AM. Optimizing the implementation of a multisite feasibility trial of a mind-body program in acute orthopedic trauma. Transl Behav Med. 2022 May 26; 12(5):642-653. PMID: 35195266; PMCID: PMC9154268; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac004;
  9. Branch-Elliman W, Elwy AR, Lamkin RL, Shin M, Engle RL, Colborn K, Rove J, Pendergast J, Hederstedt K, Hawn M, Mull HJ. Assessing the sustainability of compliance with surgical site infection prophylaxis after discontinuation of mandatory active reporting: study protocol. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Apr 25; 3(1):47.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35468871; PMCID: PMC9036843; DOI: 10.1186/s43058-022-00288-0;
  10. Tiersma K, Reichman M, Popok PJ, Nelson Z, Barry M, Elwy AR, Flores EJ, Irwin KE, Vranceanu AM. The Strategies for Quantitative and Qualitative Remote Data Collection: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Apr 08; 6(4):e30055. PMID: 35394441; PMCID: PMC9034421; DOI: 10.2196/30055;
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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
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