Johanne Eliacin, PhD, HSPP

Assistant Scientist, Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Dr. Eliacin's research interests include the impact of sociocultural context influences mental health, disparities, healthcare delivery, and outcomes as well as mental health disparities and communication among African-American Veterans. 

Dr. Eliacin obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychological Anthropology from the University of Chicago and completed postdoctoral residency at Cornell University. She joined the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication in 2014, after successful completion of a two-year VA HSR&D Associated Health Fellowship. She also has an appointment as an assistant research professor in the Department of Psychology in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 


Many of Dr. Eliacin's studies have focused on patient activation, patient engagement and visit preparation among African-American veterans in mental health care. Her long term research goals in this area are aimed at developing strategies to motivate patients to be involved in their care, to work more effectively with their providers, and to sustain that effective engagement over time.

Research Projects

Motivating providers to reduce disparities in their own practice
2013-17, Mentee, Co-Investigator (PI: Burgess)
Solicitation: VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), Project # IIR 11-328 

Aims: Racial disparities have been documented extensively both within and outside the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. There is broad consensus that increasing the ability of clinicians and other healthcare employees to address disparities is a critical part of eliminating disparities. Aim 1 is to conduct semi-structured interviews with two groups of providers, stratified by whether they attribute healthcare inequalities more to factors internal or external to patients, to explore provider responses to narratives that vary in the extent to which external causes of healthcare disparities are emphasized. Aims 2a and 2b are to use a factorial experiment to test the hypothesis that narratives that are congruent with providers' beliefs about the cause of racial differences in healthcare quality will be most effective at increasing (2a) providers' readiness to take action to reduce disparities and (2b) providers' participation in one of two online "disparities reduction" training programs. Aim 2c is to identify the narrative type that leads to the highest level of participation in disparities-reduction training across all providers.



Selected Publications                          |                          Go To PubMed List >>


1. Eliacin J, Coffing JM, Matthias MS, Burgess DJ, Bair MJ, Rollins AL. TheRelationship Between Race, Patient Activation, and Working Alliance: Implications for Patient Engagement in Mental Health Care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016 Dec 1.[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27904992.

2. Eliacin J, Rollins AL, Burgess DJ, Salyers MP, Matthias MS. Patient activation and visit preparation in African American veterans receiving mental health care. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2016 Oct;22(4):580-587. Epub 2016 Apr 21.PubMed PMID: 27100269.

3. Rollins AL, Kukla M, Morse G, Davis L, Leiter M, Monroe-DeVita M, Flanagan ME, Russ A, Wasmuth S, Eliacin J, Collins L, Salyers MP. Comparative Effectiveness of a Burnout Reduction Intervention for Behavioral Health Providers. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Aug 1;67(8):920-3. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2016 Apr 1. PubMedPMID: 27032659.

4. Eliacin J, Rollins AL, Burgess DJ, Salyers MP, Matthias MS. Engaging African-American Veterans in Mental Health Care: Patients' Perspectives. J NervMent Dis. 2016 Apr;204(4):254-60. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000479. PubMed PMID:26894316.

5. Eliacin J, Salyers MP, Kukla M, Matthias MS. Factors influencing patients'preferences and perceived involvement in shared decision-making in mental health care. J Ment Health. 2015 Feb;24(1):24-8. doi: 10.3109/09638237.2014.954695. Epub 2014 Oct 3. PubMed PMID: 25279691.

6. Eliacin J, Salyers MP, Kukla M, Matthias MS. Patients' understanding of shared decision making in a mental health setting. Qual Health Res. 2015 May;25(5):668-78. doi: 10.1177/1049732314551060. Epub 2014 Sep 22. PubMed PMID:25246333.

7. Matthias MS, Fukui S, Kukla M, Eliacin J, Bonfils KA, Firmin RL, Oles SK, Adams EL, Collins LA, Salyers MP. Consumer and relationship factors associated with shared decision making in mental health consultations. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Dec 1;65(12):1488-91. doi: 10.1176/ PubMed PMID: 25220249.

8. Eliacin J. Social capital, narratives of fragmentation, and schizophrenia: an ethnographic exploration of factors shaping African-Caribbeans' social capitaland mental health in a North London community. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2013 Sep;37(3):465-87. doi: 10.1007/s11013-013-9322-2. PubMed PMID: 23832434; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC4821419.

9. Severe P, Juste MA, Ambroise A, Eliacin L, Marchand C, Apollon S, Edwards A, Bang H, Nicotera J, Godfrey C, Gulick RM, Johnson WD Jr, Pape JW, Fitzgerald DW. Early versus standard antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected adults in Haiti. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 15;363(3):257-65.

10. Asch HL, Eliacin E, Fanning TG, Connolly JL, Bratthauer G, Asch BB. Comparative expression of the LINE-1 p40 protein in human breast carcinomas and normal breast tissues. Oncol Res. 1996;8(6):239-47.

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