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. Valentine SE, Fuchs C, Olesinski EA, Sarkisova N, Godfrey LB, Elwy AR. Formative evaluation prior to implementation of a brief treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in primary care. Implement Sci Commun. 2023 May 04; 4(1):48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37143109; PMCID: PMC10161536; DOI: 10.1186/s43058-023-00426-2;
  2. Bakhshaie J, Fishbein NS, Woodworth E, Liyanage N, Penn T, Elwy AR, Vranceanu AM. Health disparities in orthopedic trauma: a qualitative study examining providers' perspectives on barriers to care and recovery outcomes. Soc Work Health Care. 2023 May 04; 1-21. PMID: 37139813
  3. Moitra E, Brick LA, Cancilliere MK, Elwy AR, Erbe AM, Fenn N, Nunn AS, Salhaney P, Chan PA. A randomized trial of acceptance-based behavioral therapy to improve mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ persons: Study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 May 03; 130:107211. PMID: 37146874; PMCID: PMC10155421; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2023.107211;
  4. Cushman GK, Koinis-Mitchell D, Alsina M, Barker D, Drew L, DeCesare C, Yeo AJ, Durkin K, Elwy AR, Jandasek B, Pearlman DN, Vivier P, McQuaid EL. Design of a community-based, Hybrid Type II effectiveness-implementation asthma intervention study: The Rhode Island Asthma Integrated Response (RI-AIR) program. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Jun; 129:107204. PMID: 37088129
  5. Scott K, Guy AA, Zelaya DG, Surace A, Elwy AR, Keuroghlian AS, Mayer KH, Monti PM, Kahler CW. Research and engagement considerations for alcohol use telehealth services within HIV care: a qualitative exploration in federally qualified health centers. AIDS Care. 2023 Apr 11; 1-10. PMID: 37039068
  6. Arnold T, Gaudiano BA, Barnett AP, Elwy AR, Whiteley L, Giorlando KK, Rogers BG, Ward LM, Leigland A, Brown LK. Development of An Acceptance Based PrEP Intervention (ACTPrEP) to Engage Young Black MSM in the South Utilizing the Adaptome Model of Intervention Adaptation. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2023 Apr; 28:60-70. PMID: 37008800; PMCID: PMC10062414; DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2023.03.009;
  7. 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 Mar 09. PMID: 36893021
  8. 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. 2023 Mar; 20(3):456-465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36490386; PMCID: PMC9993154; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202205-404OC;
  9. 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. 2023 Feb 28; 13(2):73-84.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36448882; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac085;
  10. Cohen AJ, Russell LE, Elwy AR, Mitchell KM, Cornell PY, Silva JW, Moy E, Kennedy MA. Adaptation of a social risk screening and referral initiative across clinical populations, settings, and contexts in the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System. Front Health Serv. 2022; 2:958969. PMID: 36925883; PMCID: PMC10012714; DOI: 10.3389/frhs.2022.958969;
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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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