Lynn Garvin

Lynn A Garvin, PhD, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Lynn A. Garvin, PhD, MBA is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University's School of Public Health and an Investigator with VA Boston Healthcare System. Focusing on patient engagement and health information technology (HIT), her research focuses on how health care providers and patients use HIT for improved outcomes and more effective, efficient care. Dr. Garvin's research with VA developed and validated measures of Veterans' digital patient engagement using the My HealtheVet patient portal, focusing on Blue Button personal health record, secure email messaging and other provider-based online tools. Her current research extends to healthcare operations management and to care coordination and post-acute care for underserved populations. Dr. Garvin holds a PhD in Health Policy from Brandeis University's Heller School of Social Policy, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Wellesley College. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she served as VP of Corporate Communications for EMD Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, and held leadership positions at Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM/Lotus Software and P&G/Gillette.

Other Positions

  • Faculty Director, MBA-MPH Dual Degree Program - Boston University School of Public Health
  • - VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Brandeis University, PhD Field of Study: Health Policy Management
  • Harvard University, MBA Field of Study: Management Studies
  • Wellesley College, BA Field of Study: Political Science


  • Published on 12/21/2022

    Garvin LA, Greenan MA, Edelman EJ, Slightam C, McInnes DK, Zulman DM. Increasing Use of Video Telehealth Among Veterans Experiencing Homelessness with Substance Use Disorder: Design of A Peer-Led Intervention. J Technol Behav Sci. 2022 Dec 21; 1-12. PMID: 36573210.

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  • Published on 10/9/2022

    Kershaw K, Martelly L, Stevens C, McInnes DK, Silverman A, Byrne T, Aycinena D, Sabin LL, Garvin LA, Vimalananda VG, Hass R. Text messaging to increase patient engagement in a large health care for the homeless clinic: Results of a randomized pilot study. Digit Health. 2022 Jan-Dec; 8:20552076221129729. PMID: 36238754.

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  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Garvin LA, Pugatch M, Gurewich D, Pendergast JN, Miller CJ. Interorganizational Care Coordination of Rural Veterans by Veterans Affairs and Community Care Programs: A Systematic Review. Med Care. 2021 06 01; 59(Suppl 3):S259-S269. PMID: 33976075.

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  • Published on 5/23/2021

    Garvin LA, Hu J, Slightam C, McInnes DK, Zulman DM. Use of Video Telehealth Tablets to Increase Access for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 08; 36(8):2274-2282. PMID: 34027612.

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  • Published on 5/30/2020

    Miller C, Gurewich D, Garvin L, Pugatch M, Koppelman E, Pendergast J, Harrington K, Clark JA. Veterans Affairs and Rural Community Providers' Perspectives on Interorganizational Care Coordination: A Qualitative Analysis. J Rural Health. 2021 03; 37(2):417-425. PMID: 32472724.

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  • Published on 5/26/2017

    Garvin LA, Simon SR. Prioritizing Measures of Digital Patient Engagement: A Delphi Expert Panel Study. J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 26; 19(5):e182. PMID: 28550008.

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  • Published on 3/27/2014

    Hogan TP, Nazi KM, Luger TM, Amante DJ, Smith BM, Barker A, Shimada SL, Volkman JE, Garvin L, Simon SR, Houston TK. Technology-assisted patient access to clinical information: an evaluation framework for blue button. JMIR Res Protoc. 2014; 3(1):e18. PMID: 24675395.

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