Rendelle Bolton

Adjunct Lecturer

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Qualitative research; patient-centered care; patient experience; implementation research; organizational behavior; military veterans; Veterans Administration healthcare system; complementary and integrative health implementation


  • HSSP 89a - Internship and Analysis

Rendelle Bolton

Adjunct Lecturer


Ms. Bolton is a senior health services research analyst at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR). With over 14 years of qualitative and mixed-methods research experience, she draws on her interdisciplinary background to examine how characteristics at multiple levels of healthcare organizations influence policy and program implementation, system transformation, and patient experiences of care. She holds Masters degrees in social work, public health, psychology, and social policy. Her research has been published in numerous health-related journals including JAMA, JGIM, Chronic Illness, and Patient Education and Counseling, and has been presented at over 45 national and international conferences. Ms. Bolton is also a PhD candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where she is exploring the delivery of nonpharmacological therapies for chronic pain, including how relationships among healthcare workers influence pain management. She looks forward to working with students in the HSSP program at Brandeis to develop their own interdisciplinary paths in healthcare and the social sciences.


  • Bolton R, Bokhour BG, Hogan TP, Luger TM Ruben M, Fix GM. "Integrating personalized care planning into primary care: A multiple-case study of early adopting patient-centered medical homes." Journal of General Internal Medicine Online ahead of print. (2019). (forthcoming)
  • Kim B, Bolton R, Hyde J, Fincke GB, Drainoni ML, Petrakis B, Simmons M, McInnes DK. "Coordinating across correctional, community, and VA systems: applying the Collaborative Chronic Care Model to post-incarceration healthcare and reentry support for veterans with mental health and substance use disorders." Health and Justice Online ahead of print. (2019). (forthcoming)
  • Kim B, McCullough M, Simmons M, Bolton R, Hyde J, Drainoni ML, Fincke GB, McInnes DK. "A novel application of process mapping in a criminal justice setting to examine implementation of peer support for veterans leaving incarceration." Health and Justice Online ahead of print. (2019).
  • Taylor SL, Bolton R, Huynh A, Dvorin K, Bokhour BG. "What Should Health Care Systems Consider When Implementing Complementary and Integrative Health: Lessons from Veterans Health Administration." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 25. S1 (2019): S52-S60.
  • Yakovchenko V, Bolton R, Drainoni ML, Gifford AL. "Primary care provider perceptions and experiences of implementing hepatitis C virus birth cohort testing: a qualitative formative evaluation." BMC Health Services Research Online ahead of print. (2019).
  • Bolton R, Fix GM, VanDeusen CL, Elwy AR, Bokhour BG. "Biopsychosocial benefits of movement-based complementary and integrative health therapies for patients with chronic conditions." Chronic Illness Online ahead of print. (2018).
  • Fix GM, Hyde J, Bolton R, Parker V, Dvorin K, Wu J, Skolnik A, McInnes DK, Midboe A, Asch S, Gifford AL, Bokhour BG. "The moral discourse of HIV providers within their organizational context: An ethnographic case study." Patient Education and Counseling 101. 12 (2018): 2226-2232.
  • Fix GM, VanDeusen CL, Bolton R, Mueller N, LaVela SL, Hill J, Locatelli SM, Bokhour BG. "Patient-centered care is a way of doing things: How healthcare employees conceptualize patient-centered care." Health Expectations 21. 1 (2018): 300-307.
  • Wiener RS, Koppelman EA, Bolton R, Lasser K, Borrelli B, Au D, Slatore C, Clark JA, Kathuria H.. "Patient and clinician perspectives on shared decision-making in early-adopting lung cancer screening programs: A qualitative study." Journal of General Internal Medicine 33. 7 (2018): 1035-1042.
  • Fix GM, Bolton R, Bokhour BG. "Challenges in implementing personalized care planning." JAMA 318. 17 (2017): 1713-1713.
  • Gesthalter YB, Koppelman EA, Bolton R, Slatore CG, Yoon S, Cain HC, Tanner N, Au DH, Clark JA, Wiener RS. "Formative evaluations of implementation at early-adopting lung cancer screening programs: Lessons learned." CHEST 152. 1 (2017): 70-80.
  • Osei-Bonsu P, Bolton R, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Eisen S, Herz L, Pellowe M (2017). "Mental health providers' decision-making around the implementation of evidence-based treatment for PTSD." Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 44. 2 (2017): 213-223.
  • Bokhour BG, Fix GM, Bolton R, Solomon J, VanDeusen CL. IDEAS for Patient-Centered Care in the Inpatient Setting: An Ethnographic Study of Inpatient Care Practices in VA. White paper submitted to the VA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation: 2016.
  • Tukey M, Clark JA, Bolton R, Kelly M, Slatore C, Au D, Wiener RS. "Readiness for implementation of lung cancer screening within the Veterans Health Administration: A national survey." Annals of the American Thoracic Society 13. 10 (2016): 1794-1801.
  • Bolton R, Mueller N, Hartmann C, Solomon J, Holmes S, VanDeusen CL, Bokhour BG. Understanding VISN-Level Processes and Impressions of the 7 Domains Performance Measure. White paper submitted to the VA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation: 2015.
  • Iaccarino J, Clark JA, Bolton R, Kinsinger L, Kelley M, Slatore C, Au D, Wiener RS. "A national survey of pulmonologists’ views on low-dose CT screening for lung cancer: screening propensity, guideline concordance, and implications for implementation." Annals of the American Thoracic Society 12. 11 (2015): 1667-1675.
  • Solomon JL, Bolton R, Bokhour BG. Report on an Evaluation of the Brief Interventions for Hazardous Drinking in Patients with Hepatitis C. Final report submitted to the VA Office of Clinical Public Health: 2013.
  • Paris R, Bolton R, Spielman E. "Evaluating a home-based dyadic intervention: Changes in postpartum depression, maternal perceptions, and mother-infant interactions." Infant Mental Health Journal 32. 3 (2011): 319-338.
  • Bolton R, Perlstein J. Maximizing Safety for Social Work Students in Field Education: Summary of Findings. Final report submitted to the Boston University School of Social Work: 2009.
  • Paris R, Bolton R, Weinberg MK. "Postpartum depression, suicidality, and mother-infant interactions." Archives of Women's Mental Health 12. (2009): 309-321.
  • Paris R, Spielman E, Bolton R. "Mother-infant psychotherapy: Examining the process of therapeutic change." Infant Mental Health Journal 30. (2009): 301-319.