Anashua Rani Elwy, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
A. Rani Elwy
Talbot – T265W
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Dr. A. Rani Elwy, PhD is a health psychologist and health services researcher, who examines Veterans’ access to mental health care and communication between patients, families and providers. In addition to her role at BUSPH, she is Director of the Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER), a VA Health Services Research & Development Resource Center, based at VA Boston Healthcare System. 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. 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. Dr. Elwy also teaches a Master of Public Health course called Healthcare Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations (PM755). 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


  • Kings College , PhD
  • University of Michigan, BA


  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Published on 12/1/2014

    Taylor SL, Elwy AR. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for US Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel: Promising Steps to Improve Their Health. Med Care. 2014 Dec; 52 Suppl 5:S1-4.

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  • Published on 11/18/2014

    Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Glickman ME, Vogt D, Martin JA, Osei-Bonsu PE, Drainoni ML, Elwy AR. Postdeployment resilience as a predictor of mental health in operation enduring freedom/operation iraqi freedom returnees. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 47(6):754-61.

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  • Published on 9/4/2014

    Park CL, Groessl E, Maiya M, Sarkin A, Eisen SV, Riley K, Elwy AR. Comparison groups in yoga research: a systematic review and critical evaluation of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Oct; 22(5):920-9.

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  • Published on 7/2/2014

    Elwy AR, Groessl EJ, Eisen SV, Riley KE, Maiya M, Lee JP, Sarkin A, Park CL. A systematic scoping review of yoga intervention components and study quality. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 47(2):220-32.

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  • Published on 12/26/2013

    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. 2013 Dec 26.

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  • Published on 11/5/2013

    Osei-Bonsu PE, Bokhour BG, Glickman ME, Rodrigues S, Mueller NM, Dell NS, Zhao S, Eisen SV, Elwy AR. The role of coping in depression treatment utilization for VA primary care patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Mar; 94(3):396-402.

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