Implementation Science Core


Founded in 2018, the Implementation Science Core collaborates with the other DPHB Cores, the Quantitative Science Program and Qualitative Science and Methods Training Program (QSMTP), to foster the translation, spread and scale-up of evidence-based practices into routine clinical care. 



relwy_1.jpgA. Rani Elwy, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor and Director of the Implementation Science Core, joined the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in July 2018 with a mission of creating a vibrant community of practice among residents, fellows and faculty who are interested in furthering their research in dissemination and implementation science. Dr. Elwy hosts regular office hours each week to work with faculty across the six Brown-affiliated hospitals, along with psychiatry residents and clinical psychology interns and fellows.



  • Provide consultation on dissemination and implementation (D&I) science models, theories and frameworks to guide studies
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative methods specific to D&I science research questions (such as formative evaluations, stakeholder engagement methods, implementation strategies, hybrid designs, etc.)
  • Serve as co-investigator on projects as the implementation science expert

Dr. Elwy also mentors those developing NIH K or VA Career Development Awards in implementation science. In addition to specific consultations, Dr. Elwy runs two different educational sessions for DPHB faculty, residents, fellows and interns:

  • A six-week fundamentals of D&I science series, held each semester
  • Intermediate level workshops on D&I science, held twice per semester

Additional workshops are held each year for the T32 training program in clinical psychology and QSMTP. The Implementation Science Core also hosts an annual D&I Forum, where individual faculty projects are highlighted, and which culminates in a Grand Rounds lecture given by an invited, internationally known researcher in D&I science. 

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Advance-CTR Implementation Science Seminar Series

In this six-part series, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Implementation Science Core, Brown Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH), and Advance-CTR, local and national experts share talks on implementation strategies and blueprints, hybrid trial designs, sustainability, and policy implementation.


A. Rani Elwy, Ph.D: "How to Plan for and Assess Sustainability of Evidence-Based Practices" 

Jennifer Sullivan, Ph.D: "Barriers to Sustained Implementation of the Staff Training in Assisted Living Residences Program in the Veterans Administration and the Identification of Implementation Strategies to Overcome Them"

Sara Becker, Ph.D: "Accelerating the Research to Practice Pipeline via Hybrid Trials"

Kelli Scott, Ph.D and Natalie Rodriguez-Quintana, Ph.D: "How to Build and Employ an Implementation Blueprint"

Hannah Frank, Ph.D: "Educational Implementation Strategies: Best Practices for Training and Consultation"

Erika Crable, Ph.D: "Policy Implementation in the Criminal Justice Context"