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


A. Rani Elwy is a health psychologist, health services researcher and an implementation scientist who examines patients’ access to and uptake of mental health care; the effectiveness and implementation of complementary and integrative health services for treating mental health disorders and pain; and crisis and risk communication between patients, families, providers and health systems. Dr. Elwy built a healthcare system-wide Disclosure Support Program, to increase transparent and open communication in health care, based on evidence-based communication practices. She has also led improvement science initiatives to create vaccine acceptance communication strategies.

Dr. Elwy is the Founding Director of DPHB’s Implementation Science Core, Co-Director of Implementation Science in Advance-CTR, and implementation scientist in the Biobehavioral Sciences Core of the Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Elwy is also a VA implementation scientist, serving as MPI of two program grants: 1) the Bridge QUERI Program, which consists of three Hybrid Type III effectiveness-implementation trials to increase the uptake of mental health and substance use services and treatments among Veterans in 18 sites, and 2) the Evidence, Policy and Implementation Center, a QUERI program dedicated to building capacity in implementation science across the VA healthcare system. Additionally, Dr. Elwy is the Dissemination Director of the VA’s Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center, and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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