A. Rani Elwy, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
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. Taylor SL, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Coggeshall SS, Cohen A, Der-Martirosian C, Haderlein T, Haun J, Kligler B, Kloehn AT, Lorenz KA, Lott B, Shin MH, Schult T, Toyama J, Whitehead AM, Zhang X, Zeliadt SB. Measuring Patient-Reported Use and Outcomes From Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies: Development of the Complementary and Integrative Health Therapy Patient Experience Survey. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2024; 13:27536130241241259. PMID: 38585239; PMCID: PMC10998493; DOI: 10.1177/27536130241241259;
  2. Moitra E, Amaral TM, Benz MB, Cambow S, Elwy AR, Kunicki ZJ, Lu Z, Rafferty NS, Rabasco A, Rossi R, Schatten HT, Gaudiano BA. A Hybrid Type 1 trial of a multi-component mHealth intervention to improve post-hospital transitions of care for patients with serious mental illness: Study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2024 Apr; 139:107481. PMID: 38431134; PMCID: PMC10960682; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2024.107481;
  3. Arnold T, Giorlando KK, Barnett AP, Gaudiano BA, Rogers BG, Whiteley L, Ward LM, Edet PP, Elwy AR, Brown LK. Social, Structural, Behavioral, and Clinical Barriers Influencing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Use Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the South: A Qualitative Update to a 2016 Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2024 Feb; 53(2):785-797.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37891436; PMCID: PMC10982895; DOI: 10.1007/s10508-023-02721-4;
  4. Al Lawati H, Shin M, Lamkin R, Thompson T, Epshtein I, Mull H, Basnet Thapa D, Drekonja D, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Xu TH, Gold H, Elwy AR, Strymish J, Branch-Elliman W. Engaging patients in antimicrobial stewardship: co-designed educational tool to improve periprocedural care through de-implementation of guideline-discordant antimicrobial use. Antimicrob Steward Healthc Epidemiol. 2023; 3(1):e163.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38028930; PMCID: PMC10644164; DOI: 10.1017/ash.2023.420;
  5. Elwy AR, Taubenberger S, Dodds N, DeSensi R, Gillman A, Wasan A, Greco CM. Costs of Implementing Electronic Context Factor Assessments and Patient-reported Outcomes in Pain Clinic Settings. Med Care. 2023 Oct 01; 61(10):699-707. PMID: 37943525; PMCID: PMC10478676; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001890;
  6. Pyne JM, Seal KH, Manuel JK, DeRonne B, Oliver KA, Bertenthal D, Esserman D, Purcell N, Petrakis BA, Elwy AR. Developing and testing a COVID-19 vaccination acceptance intervention: A pragmatic trial comparing vaccine acceptance intervention vs usual care - Rationale, methods, and implementation. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Oct; 133:107325. PMID: 37652356
  7. Branch-Elliman W, Elwy AR, Chambers DA. Embracing dynamic public health policy impacts in infectious diseases responses: leveraging implementation science to improve practice. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1207679.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37663826; PMCID: PMC10469790; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1207679;
  8. Barnett AP, Arnold T, Elwy AR, Brock JB, Giorlando KK, Sims-Gomillia C, Leigland A, Whiteley L, Brown LK. Considerations for PrEP Implementation at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Mississippi: Perspectives From Staff and Patients. AIDS Educ Prev. 2023 Aug; 35(4):309-319. PMID: 37535326; PMCID: PMC10483574; DOI: 10.1521/aeap.2023.35.4.309;
  9. Darling KE, Hayes JF, Evans EW, Sanchez I, Chachra J, Grenga A, Elwy AR, Jelalian E. Engaging Stakeholders to Adapt an Evidence-Based Family Healthy Weight Program. Transl Behav Med. 2023 Jul 01; 13(7):423-431. PMID: 36893021; PMCID: PMC10314725; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac113;
  10. Anderson E, Wiener RS, Molloy-Paolillo B, McCullough M, Kim B, Harris JI, Rinne ST, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG. Using a person-centered approach in clinical care for patients with complex chronic conditions: Perspectives from healthcare professionals caring for Veterans with COPD in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration's Whole Health System of Care. PLoS One. 2023; 18(6):e0286326.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37352241; PMCID: PMC10289382; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0286326;
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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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