Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Dr. Rani Elwy is the Director of the DPHB Implementation Science Core. She is also a health psychologist, health services researcher and an implementation scientist who examines 1) patients’ access to and uptake of mental health care and complementary and integrative health services, and 2) communication between patients, families and providers.  Specific projects as PI or Site PI include predicting patients’ treatment seeking for a new episode of depression from their illness perceptions; establishing an evidence-base for meditation and yoga as first-line treatments for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and chronic low back pain; developing a translational tool, the Essential Properties of Yoga Questionnaire (EPYQ), to measure yoga therapy; using social network analysis to develop and operationalize an implementation strategy; and investigating and improving large-scale adverse event disclosures in a large integrated healthcare system. Dr. Elwy is currently the co-director of the VA’s Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center, funded by the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). Dr. Elwy received the VA HSR&D Best Research Paper Award in 2017 for her work on examining surgeons’ communication with patients and families about unanticipated surgical events and the impact of this communication on surgeons’ well-being, published in JAMA Surgery.


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