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 assistant 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 PI-funded research portfolio currently comprises 3 large VA studies, all focusing on improving the quality of care in VA community living centers (CLCs–i.e., nursing homes). One aims to refine a strengths-based observational protocol to measure and help CLC staff improve their interactions with residents living in the CLC and improve resident engagement in nursing home life. Another uses a positive deviance approach to help understand how CLCs succeed at transforming their culture to be more person-centered. The third 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 chairs the VA National CLC Cultural Transformation Steering Committee to help guide policy around person-centered care. 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 is working on 2 other books, a romance novel being marketed by her agent and a non-fiction account (under contract with Vanderbilt) of individuals’ experiences living with glaucoma. 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 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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  • Published on 7/11/2013

    Hartmann CW, Snow AL, Allen RS, Parmelee PA, Palmer JA, Berlowitz D. A conceptual model for culture change evaluation in nursing homes. Geriatr Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 34(5):388-94. PMID: 23850129.

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  • Published on 6/17/2013

    Palmer JA, Meterko M, Zhao S, Berlowitz D, Mobley E, Hartmann CW. Nursing home employee perceptions of culture change. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Jul; 6(3):152-60. PMID: 23777296.

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  • Published on 2/11/2013

    Hartmann CW, Meterko M, Zhao S, Palmer JA, Berlowitz D. Validation of a novel safety climate instrument in VHA nursing homes. Med Care Res Rev. 2013 Aug; 70(4):400-17. PMID: 23401063.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Palmer JA, Lee GM, Dutta-Linn MM, Wroe P, Hartmann CW. Including catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the 2008 CMS payment policy: a qualitative analysis. Urol Nurs. 2013 Jan-Feb; 33(1):15-23. PMID: 23556374.

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  • Published on 5/1/2012

    Lee GM, Hartmann CW, Graham D, Kassler W, Dutta Linn M, Krein S, Saint S, Goldmann DA, Fridkin S, Horan T, Jernigan J, Jha A. Perceived impact of the Medicare policy to adjust payment for health care-associated infections. Am J Infect Control. 2012 May; 40(4):314-9. PMID: 22541855.

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  • Published on 10/7/2011

    Christine W. Hartmann. So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love. Vanderbilt University Press. Nashville. 2011; 224.

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  • Published on 9/1/2011

    Hoff T, Hartmann CW, Soerensen C, Wroe P, Dutta-Linn M, Lee G. Making the CMS payment policy for healthcare-associated infections work: organizational factors that matter. J Healthc Manag. 2011 Sep-Oct; 56(5):319-35; discussion 335-6. PMID: 21991680.

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  • Published on 8/1/2011

    Hartmann CW, Hoff T, Palmer JA, Wroe P, Dutta-Linn MM, Lee G. The Medicare policy of payment adjustment for health care-associated infections: perspectives on potential unintended consequences. Med Care Res Rev. 2012 Feb; 69(1):45-61. PMID: 21810797.

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