Christine W. Hartmann, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Christine Hartmann


Dr. Hartmann works as a research health scientist at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center and is a research associate professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Her research uses mixed-methods approaches to improve nursing home safety, quality, and person-centeredness of care. Her current, PI-funded research portfolio comprises numerous large VA studies, all focusing on improving the quality of care in VA community living centers (CLCs–i.e., nursing homes).One uses a positive deviance approach to help understand how CLCs succeed at transforming their culture to be more person-centered. Another centers on the measurement and improvement of CLC staff attitudes and beliefs about safety and how these interact with the implementation of person-center care. Dr. Hartmann also is a co-PI of the VA's Improving Safety and Quality through Evidence-Based De-Implementation of Ineffective Diagnostics and Therapeutics QUERI program and PI of a CLC-based project within that program. She also co-directs the VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care's Center for Ongoing National CLC/SVH Excellence through Research and Training (CONCERT), which is currently conducting a national rollout of products from Dr. Hartmann's grants. She is a former VA Health Services Research and Development service career development award recipient. She has previously taught graduate courses in introductory statistics and research methods and currently teaches seminars on effective writing and presenting. Vanderbilt University Press published her memoir, So Far Away: A Daughter’s Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love in 2011. She has published 3 romantic suspense novels (Limitless Publishing); her work appears in two short story anthologies; and she is working on a non-fiction account of individuals’ experiences living with glaucoma (under contract with Vanderbilt U Press). She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.S.S. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Other Positions

  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp


  • Bryn Mawr College, PhD
  • Bryn Mawr College, MS
  • Mount Holyoke College, BA


  • Published on 1/5/2018

    Helfrich CD, Rose AJ, Hartmann CW, van Bodegom-Vos L, Graham ID, Wood SJ, Majerczyk BR, Good CB, Pogach LM, Ball SL, Au DH, Aron DC. How the dual process model of human cognition can inform efforts to de-implement ineffective and harmful clinical practices: A preliminary model of unlearning and substitution. J Eval Clin Pract. 2018 Jan 05. PMID: 29314508.

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  • Published on 11/9/2017

    Palmer JA, Parker VA, Berlowitz D, Snow AL, Hartmann CW. Resident Choice: A Nursing Home Staff Perspective on Tensions and Resolutions. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 Nov 09. PMID: 29129450.

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  • Published on 8/7/2017

    Christine Hartmann. Wild Card. Limitless Publishing. Kailua, HI. 2017; 300.

  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Hartmann CW, Palmer JA, Mills WL, Pimentel CB, Allen RS, Wewiorski NJ, Dillon KR, Snow AL. Adaptation of a nursing home culture change research instrument for frontline staff quality improvement use. Psychol Serv. 2017 Aug; 14(3):337-346. PMID: 28805418.

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  • Published on 6/23/2017

    Mills WL, Pimentel CB, Palmer JA, Snow AL, Wewiorski NJ, Allen RS, Hartmann CW. Applying a Theory-Driven Framework to Guide Quality Improvement Efforts in Nursing Homes: The LOCK Model. Gerontologist. 2017 Jun 23. PMID: 28651351.

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  • Published on 5/11/2017

    Snow AL, Jacobs ML, Palmer JA, Parmelee PA, Allen RS, Wewiorski NJ, Hilgeman MM, Vinson LD, Berlowitz DR, Halli-Tierney AD, Hartmann CW. Development of a New Tool for Systematic Observation of Nursing Home Resident and Staff Engagement and Relationship. Gerontologist. 2017 May 11. PMID: 28499032.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Palmer JA, Parker VA, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Lynn Snow A, Mitchell SL, Hartmann CW. Developing the Supporting Choice Observational Tool (SCOT): A Formative Assessment Tool to Assist Nursing Home Staff in Realizing Resident Choice. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2017 May 01; 10(3):129-138. PMID: 28541589.

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  • Published on 8/30/2016

    Christine Hartmann. Paradise Wild. Limitless Publishing. Kailua, HI. 2016; 304.

  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Hartmann CW, Solomon J, Palmer JA, Lukas CV. Contextual Facilitators of and Barriers to Nursing Home Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2016 May; 29(5):226-38; quiz E1. PMID: 27089151.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Hartmann CW, Shwartz M, Zhao S, Palmer JA, Berlowitz DR. Longitudinal Pressure Ulcer Rates After Adoption of Culture Change in Veterans Health Administration Nursing Homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jan; 64(1):151-5. PMID: 26782865.

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