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Christine W. Hartmann, PhD – Research Career Scientist

Christine W. Hartmann, PhD Christine W. Hartmann, PhD
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Bedford, MA 


Christine Hartmann's inter-disciplinary, team-based research focuses on improving the quality of long-term care. In the past fifteen years, as principal investigator, she has received over $17 million in funding from HSR&D and the National Institutes of Health. In VA, her work is closely partnered with the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care in supporting Community Living Center (nursing home) staff to implement structures and processes that improve teamwork and clinical outcomes. Based on the success of several HSR&D studies on which she was principal investigator, starting in 2016, the Office funded the national implementation of a Community Living Center quality improvement initiative. In 2022, VA policy made the resulting national program permanent and also spread it to State Veterans Homes through the creation of 9 full-time program positions. Similar work is also being implemented in multiple nursing home corporations through a National Institute on Aging award.

As a former recipient of an HSR&D career development award, Dr. Hartmann is dedicated to supporting early career scientists, particularly those from under-represented groups. She is and has been primary and secondary mentor to numerous HSR&D and VISN career development awardees. She has a background in social work and expertise in implementation science and mixed-methods research. Her current appointments are as a research career scientist at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (Bedford, Massachusetts) and as Research Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her public facing science includes a website in which she shares advice on how to write better grant proposals.

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