Elaine Meyer PhD RN

Elaine Meyer, PhD, RN

Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice (IPEP); Director, Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS); Staff Psychologist, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

  • Contact: 617-355-5021

  • Fax: 617-730-0739

Medical Services


  • Psychology


  • Psychiatry


  • French


  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU)
  • Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP)
  • Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS)
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-5021

Experience and Education


Clinical Psychology

University of Rhode Island, 1990

Kingston, RI


University of North Carolina, 1991

Chapel Hill, NC


Boston Children's Hospital , 1990

Boston, MA

Professional History


Parental Perspectives and Priorities at End of Life in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Co-Principal Investigator Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills: Difficult Conversations in Healthcare, Program Director Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills: Parent Presence During Invasive Procedures and Resuscitation, Program Director Toward Optimal End-of-Life Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Co-Investigator Difficult Conversations in Healthcare; Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice


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  1. Cholli P, Meyer EC, David M, Moonan M, Mahoney J, Hession-Laband E, Zurakowski D, Bell SK. Family Perspectives on Whiteboard Use and Recommendations for Improved Practices. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jul; 6(7):426-30.
  2. Luff D, Martin EB, Mills K, Mazzola NM, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Clinicians' strategies for managing their emotions during difficult healthcare conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Sep; 99(9):1461-6.
  3. Robinson MR, Thiel MM, Shirkey K, Zurakowski D, Meyer EC. Efficacy of Training Interprofessional Spiritual Care Generalists. J Palliat Med. 2016 Aug; 19(8):814-21.
  4. Curley MA, Meyer EC. Upholding Family-Centered Care in the Face of High-Consequence Pathogens--Thinking Inside the Room. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 170(3):298-9.
  5. Luff D, Fernandes S, Soman A, Meyer EC, Brown SD. The Influence of Communication and Relational Education on Radiologists' Early Posttraining Practice. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Apr; 13(4):445-8.
  6. Hryhorczuk AL, Hanneman K, Eisenberg RL, Meyer EC, Brown SD. Radiologic Professionalism in Modern Health Care. Radiographics. 2015 Oct; 35(6):1779-88.
  7. Martin EB, Mazzola NM, Brandano J, Luff D, Zurakowski D, Meyer EC. Clinicians' recognition and management of emotions during difficult healthcare conversations. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Oct; 98(10):1248-54.
  8. Calhoun AW, Pian-Smith MC, Truog RD, Gaba DM, Meyer EC. Deception and simulation education: issues, concepts, and commentary. Simul Healthc. 2015 Jun; 10(3):163-9.
  9. Barello S, Graffigna G, Meyer EC. Ethics and etiquette in neonatal intensive care: the value of parents' engagement in everyday ethics and recommendations for further advancing the field. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Feb; 169(2):190.
  10. Truog RD, Brown SD, Browning D, Hundert EM, Rider EA, Bell SK, Meyer EC. Microethics: the ethics of everyday clinical practice. Hastings Cent Rep. 2015 Jan-Feb; 45(1):11-7.
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  12. Burns JP, Sellers DE, Meyer EC, Lewis-Newby M, Truog RD. Epidemiology of death in the PICU at five U.S. teaching hospitals*. Crit Care Med. 2014 Sep; 42(9):2101-8.
  13. Bell SK, Pascucci R, Fancy K, Coleman K, Zurakowski D, Meyer EC. The educational value of improvisational actors to teach communication and relational skills: perspectives of interprofessional learners, faculty, and actors. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Sep; 96(3):381-8.
  14. Meyer EC. Courage, brains and heart: lessons from the Wizard of Oz for difficult healthcare conversations. Aust Crit Care. 2014 Aug; 27(3):108-9.
  15. Pascucci RC, Weinstock PH, O'Connor BE, Fancy KM, Meyer EC. Integrating actors into a simulation program: a primer. Simul Healthc. 2014 Apr; 9(2):120-6.
  16. Brown SD, Callahan MJ, Browning DM, Lebowitz RL, Bell SK, Jang J, Meyer EC. Radiology trainees' comfort with difficult conversations and attitudes about error disclosure: effect of a communication skills workshop. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Aug; 11(8):781-7.
  17. Truog RD, Meyer EC. Deception and death in medical simulation. Simul Healthc. 2013 Feb; 8(1):1-3.
  18. Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Foer MR, Truog RD. "What would you do if this were your child?": practitioners' responses during enacted conversations in the United States. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Nov; 13(6):e372-6.
  19. McGraw SA, Truog RD, Solomon MZ, Cohen-Bearak A, Sellers DE, Meyer EC. "I was able to still be her mom"--parenting at end of life in the pediatric intensive care unit. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Nov; 13(6):e350-6.
  20. Curley MA, Meyer EC, Scoppettuolo LA, McGann EA, Trainor BP, Rachwal CM, Hickey PA. Parent presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation: evaluating a clinical practice change. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Dec 1; 186(11):1133-9.
  21. Lamiani G, Barello S, Browning DM, Vegni E, Meyer EC. Uncovering and validating clinicians' experiential knowledge when facing difficult conversations: a cross-cultural perspective. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Jun; 87(3):307-12.
  22. Meyer EC. Family conferences in the pediatric intensive care unit: how meaningful and memorable? Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov; 12(6):685-7.
  23. Lamiani G, Meyer EC, Leone D, Vegni E, Browning DM, Rider EA, Truog RD, Moja EA. Cross-cultural adaptation of an innovative approach to learning about difficult conversations in healthcare. Med Teach. 2011; 33(2):e57-64.
  24. Lamiani G, Leone D, Meyer EC, Moja EA. How Italian students learn to become physicians: a qualitative study of the hidden curriculum. Med Teach. 2011; 33(12):989-96.
  25. Browning DM, Comeau M, Kishimoto S, Varrin P, Ward E, Rider EA, Meyer EC. Parents and interprofessional learning in pediatrics: integrating personhood and practice. J Interprof Care. 2011 Mar; 25(2):152-3.
  26. Meyer EC, Brodsky D, Hansen AR, Lamiani G, Sellers DE, Browning DM. An interdisciplinary, family-focused approach to relational learning in neonatal intensive care. J Perinatol. 2011 Mar; 31(3):212-9.
  27. Calhoun AW, Rider EA, Peterson E, Meyer EC. Multi-rater feedback with gap analysis: an innovative means to assess communication skill and self-insight. Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Sep; 80(3):321-6.
  28. Meyer EC, Sellers DE, Browning DM, McGuffie K, Solomon MZ, Truog RD. Difficult conversations: improving communication skills and relational abilities in health care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2009 May; 10(3):352-9.
  29. Lamiani G, Meyer EC, Browning DM, Moja EA. [Between science and suffering: difficult conversations in healthcare]. Recenti Prog Med. 2009 May; 100(5):239-46.
  30. Waisel DB, Lamiani G, Sandrock NJ, Pascucci R, Truog RD, Meyer EC. Anesthesiology trainees face ethical, practical, and relational challenges in obtaining informed consent. Anesthesiology. 2009 Mar; 110(3):480-6.
  31. Calhoun AW, Rider EA, Meyer EC, Lamiani G, Truog RD. Assessment of communication skills and self-appraisal in the simulated environment: feasibility of multirater feedback with gap analysis. Simul Healthc. 2009; 4(1):22-9.
  32. Lamiani G, Meyer EC, Rider EA, Browning DM, Vegni E, Mauri E, Moja EA, Truog RD. Assumptions and blind spots in patient-centredness: action research between American and Italian health care professionals. Med Educ. 2008 Jul; 42(7):712-20.
  33. Dingeman RS, Mitchell EA, Meyer EC, Curley MA. Parent presence during complex invasive procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a systematic review of the literature. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct; 120(4):842-54.
  34. Browning DM, Meyer EC, Truog RD, Solomon MZ. Difficult conversations in health care: cultivating relational learning to address the hidden curriculum. Acad Med. 2007 Sep; 82(9):905-13.
  35. Robinson MR, Thiel MM, Meyer EC. On being a spiritual care generalist. Am J Bioeth. 2007 Jul; 7(7):24-6.
  36. Browning DM, Meyer EC, Brodsky D, Truog RD. Reflections on love, fear, and specializing in the impossible. J Clin Ethics. 2007; 18(4):373-6.
  37. Truog RD, Meyer EC, Burns JP. Toward interventions to improve end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2006 Nov; 34(11 Suppl):S373-9.
  38. Robinson MR, Thiel MM, Backus MM, Meyer EC. Matters of spirituality at the end of life in the pediatric intensive care unit. Pediatrics. 2006 Sep; 118(3):e719-29.
  39. Truog RD, Christ G, Browning DM, Meyer EC. Sudden traumatic death in children: "we did everything, but your child didn't survive". JAMA. 2006 Jun 14; 295(22):2646-54.
  40. Meyer EC, Ritholz MD, Burns JP, Truog RD. Improving the quality of end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit: parents' priorities and recommendations. Pediatrics. 2006 Mar; 117(3):649-57.
  41. Meyer EC. On speaking less and listening more during end-of-life family conferences. Crit Care Med. 2004 Jul; 32(7):1609-11.
  42. Curley MA, Meyer EC. Parental experience of highly technical therapy: survivors and nonsurvivors of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2003 Apr; 4(2):214-9.
  43. Meyer EC, Burns JP, Griffith JL, Truog RD. Parental perspectives on end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2002 Jan; 30(1):226-31.
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