Rani Elwy

Boston University

A. Rani Elwy, PhD, is a health psychologist and research scientist at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center who conducts health services and implementation research in primary care and outpatient settings. Rani is also co-Implementation Research Coordinator for the VA HIV/Hepatitis QUERI (Quality Enhancement Research Initiative). She has lead several VA HSR&D funded studies exploring how patients make decisions about mental health treatment, and how these decisions are influenced by their perceptions of their illness, their relationships and their communication with their providers. In this work, Rani applies health psychology constructs and principles to real-world health care settings to answer complex questions about how patients access, and receive, high quality care. Rani’s research as part of the IRI Fellowship will explore how provider social networks in HIV and mental health settings influence the uptake of integrative therapies for the treatment of depression and PTSD among Veteran patients with HIV.