Elaine Meyer, PhD, MSN, RN

Co-Founder and Director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP)

Medical Services


  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care Medicine

Experience and Education

Professional History

Dr. Meyer received her BSN and MSN in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She holds a position as Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Meyer brings her dual background and 20 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and clinical psychologist to her leadership and teaching roles within the Institute (IPEP). She teaches and supervises in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital where she previously served families as a clinical psychologist.

Dr Meyer’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. At the Institute, Dr. Meyer offers educational workshops and consultation focused on challenging healthcare conversations, and has conducted research to demonstrate the efficacy of the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS). She presented a TEDx Longwood lecture entitled, On Being Present, Not Perfect, which drew on her professional and personal experiences to demonstrate the real gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them. She has published widely in the field and presents often at national and international conferences. She 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, serves as Chair of the International Affiliations Committee at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and serves on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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