Donna Luff, PhD

Associate Director


As Associate Director, Donna Luff PhD, brings impressive skills in program development and qualitative research, and first-hand experience advancing IPEP’s important work. Donna joined IPEP’s staff in 2014 as Education Leader for the Advancing Relational Learning Worldwide project, a joint IPEP / OPENPediatrics collaboration developed to adapt the Institute’s groundbreaking curricula for new online formats accessible to practitioners worldwide. In addition to developing two online courses for this project, Donna has taken a central role in the Institute more broadly, serving as faculty on several other IPEP initiatives, developing new initiatives like the Writing Collaborative, and enhancing the team’s qualitative research skills and scholarship.

Donna is an instructor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and joined the Institute from a previous position as Associate Director of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Donna has worked in healthcare research, teaching and program management for most of her career, in both the US and her native UK, and holds a doctorate in Sociology. She also worked as health promotion practitioner in the British National Health Service (NHS) and has a postgraduate qualification in health education practice.

“My work with the Institute brings together my passion for educational development and my commitment to improving the experience of patients, families and providers in health care.  The Advancing Relational Learning project is an exciting and unique opportunity to share the Institute’s approach to enhancing relationships and conversations with practitioners worldwide.”