A. Rani Elwy, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
A. Rani Elwy
(781) 687-2861relwy@bu.edu
Talbot – T265W
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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 "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 director 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. In 2015, Dr. Elwy became 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 Policy and Management department and the Health Services Research program. Dr. Elwy is currently a standing member of SPH's Education Committee.

Other Positions

  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp


  • King's College London, PhD
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, MS
  • University of Michigan, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH842
  • SPHPM931


  • Published on 6/1/2016

    Elwy AR, Glickman ME, Bokhour BG, Dell NS, Mueller NM, Zhao S, Osei-Bonsu PE, Rodrigues S, Coldwell CM, Ngo TA, Schlosser J, Vielhauer MJ, Pirraglia PA, Eisen SV. Using Mixed Methods to Examine the Role of Veterans' Illness Perceptions on Depression Treatment Utilization and HEDIS Concordance. Med Care. 2016 Jun; 54(6):e35-42. PMID: 24374425.

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  • Published on 4/29/2016

    Saper RB, Lemaster CM, Elwy AR, Paris R, Herman PM, Plumb DN, Sherman KJ, Groessl EJ, Lynch S, Wang S, Weinberg J. Yoga versus education for Veterans with chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016; 17(1):224. PMID: 27129472.

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  • Published on 3/26/2016

    Maguire EM, Bokhour BG, Asch SM, Wagner TH, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Elwy AR. Disclosing large scale adverse events in the US Veterans Health Administration: lessons from media responses. Public Health. 2016 Jun; 135:75-82. PMID: 27026251.

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  • Published on 2/24/2016

    Bauer MS, Miller C, Kim B, Lew R, Weaver K, Coldwell C, Henderson K, Holmes S, Seibert MN, Stolzmann K, Elwy AR, Kirchner J. Partnering with health system operations leadership to develop a controlled implementation trial. Implement Sci. 2016 Feb 24; 11:22. PMID: 26912342.

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  • Published on 5/1/2015

    Wagner TH, Taylor T, Cowgill E, Asch SM, Su P, Bokhour B, Durfee J, Martinello RA, Maguire E, Elwy AR. Intended and unintended effects of large-scale adverse event disclosure: a controlled before-after analysis of five large-scale notifications. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 May; 24(5):295-302. PMID: 25882785.

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  • Published on 1/22/2015

    Kim B, Lucatorto MA, Hawthorne K, Hersh J, Myers R, Elwy AR, Graham GD. Care coordination between specialty care and primary care: a focus group study of provider perspectives on strong practices and improvement opportunities. J Multidiscip Healthc. 2015; 8:47-58. PMID: 25653538.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Groessl EJ, Maiya M, Elwy AR, Riley KE, Sarkin AJ, Eisen SV, Braun T, Gutierrez I, Kidane L, Park CL. The Essential Properties of Yoga Questionnaire: Development and Methods. Int J Yoga Therap. 2015; 25(1):51-9. PMID: 26667289.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Elwy AR, Johnston JM, Bormann JE, Hull A, Taylor SL. A systematic scoping review of complementary and alternative medicine mind and body practices to improve the health of veterans and military personnel. Med Care. 2014 Dec; 52(12 Suppl 5):S70-82. PMID: 25397827.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Maguire EM, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Schiffner S, Jesse RL. Improving healthcare systems' disclosures of large-scale adverse events: a Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, policymaker, research and stakeholder partnership. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:895-903. PMID: 25355090.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Midboe AM, Elwy AR, Durfee JM, Gifford AL, Yakovchenko V, Martinello RA, Ross D, Czarnogorski M, Goetz MB, Asch SM. Building strong research partnerships between public health and researchers: a VA case study. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:831-4. PMID: 25355082.

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