Elaine Meyer

Dr. Elaine Meyer is the Co-founder and Director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  As a nurse and clinical psychologist, she has had the privilege of serving hundreds of young children and their families for over 20 years on the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.  

For the past dozen years, she has dedicated herself to building and teaching at the Institute whose mission is to promote humanism and relational learning for health care professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice.  With our “one-room schoolhouse” philosophy, we have trained over 3,000 physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, medical interpreters, and child life specialists from the Harvard teaching hospitals and around the world to feel more capable and confident when holding challenging conversations in health care.  At the Institute, we believe we can change the world, one conversation at a time. 

Elaine earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.  Her young patients and their families have taught her some of her most important life lessons.

Her scholarship has focused on patient and family perspectives, pediatric end-of-life care, and providing creative and comprehensive psychological services for children and their families, emphasizing the priorities that families themselves have identified. She has published widely and presents often at national and international conferences. She reviews books for the Journal of the American Medical Association and serves on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare.

She lives in Rhode Island with her partner, Barry Prizant, and son, Noah.  When not at the hospital and teaching, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, swimming, and gardening.  Her favorite places to travel, so far, are the glorious national parks and Assisi, Italy where she recently fulfilled the lifelong dream of pilgrimage along the paths of St. Francis.

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