A. Rani Elwy

A. Rani Elwy, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


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.

Other Positions

  • - Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp


  • King's College London, PhD Field of Study: Psychology
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, MS Field of Study: Psychology
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA Field of Study: Psychology


  • Published on 7/1/2023

    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 Jul 01; 13(7):423-431. PMID: 36893021.

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  • Published on 6/23/2023

    Anderson E, Wiener RS, Molloy-Paolillo B, McCullough M, Kim B, Harris JI, Rinne ST, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG. Using a person-centered approach in clinical care for patients with complex chronic conditions: Perspectives from healthcare professionals caring for Veterans with COPD in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration's Whole Health System of Care. PLoS One. 2023; 18(6):e0286326. PMID: 37352241.

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  • Published on 5/25/2023

    Godfrey LB, Cloitre M, Elwy AR, Fortuna LR, Fuchs C, Valentine SE. Study protocol for a hybrid 1 effectiveness-implementation trial of Brief Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (Brief STAIR) and web-administered STAIR (webSTAIR) for posttraumatic stress disorder in integrated primary care. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Aug; 131:107241. PMID: 37244367.

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  • Published on 5/4/2023

    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; 62(6-7):207-227. PMID: 37139813.

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  • Published on 5/4/2023

    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. PMID: 37143109.

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  • Published on 5/3/2023

    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 Jul; 130:107211. PMID: 37146874.

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  • Published on 4/23/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 4/11/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 3/10/2023

    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.

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  • Published on 3/1/2023

    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. PMID: 36490386.

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