As Director, Elaine manages the day-to-day operation of the Institute, working closely with the leadership team and faculty. Her commitment to the priorities that are most important to patients and their families is reflected in her own research and in the core mission of the Institute.
“The Institute offers lively and effective ways of bringing diverse practitioners together to learn and reflect on how we talk with families, both in our everyday conversations and during difficult times. By staying true to what matters most to patients and their families, we bring out the best in our personal and professional selves.”
Elaine is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She brings her dual background as a psychiatric nurse and clinical psychologist to her leadership and teaching roles within the Institute. She teaches and supervises in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Boston where she previously served families as a clinical psychologist.
Elaine’s academic work has focused on patient and family perspectives as they relate to critical care illness, pediatric end-of-life care situations, and providing innovative psychosocial services within healthcare organizations. She has championed creative and comprehensive psychological services for children and their families, emphasizing the priorities that families themselves have identified. She has published widely in the field and presents often at national and international conferences. She frequently reviews books for the Journal of the American Medical Association, serves on the Children and Adolescent Task Force on End-of-Life Issues of the American Psychological Association, and serves on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and partner, Barry, and her son, Noah. She enjoys all manner of outdoor activity, yoga, swimming, gardening, and travel.