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Emma-Louise "Emmilie" Aveling

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Emma-Louise "Emmilie" Aveling, PhD, MPhil, is a Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She specializes in applied qualitative research in the fields of global public health, community health and health care quality and safety. Her research focuses primarily on community-engaged and collaborative approaches to tackling health inequities and delivering high-quality, patient-centered health services. Dr. Aveling teaches several courses in qualitative research methods at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Aveling has conducted qualitative research in diverse clinical, organizational and community settings in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Examples of current and previous projects include: an international, patient-engaged research collaboration to support and inform effective, patient-centered care for Long COVID through the local public healthcare system in Rio de Janeiro city (funded by the Lemann Brazil Research Fund) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv9X7fqz_3w); as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Harvard Culture of Health program, a series of studies looking at the ways in which businesses, including large companies and small, locally owned business, can contribute to local communities' health and wellbeing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7sEQbGeaw&t=3s); a Wellcome Trust-funded study of international hospital-based partnerships to promote patient safety; studies examining partnership-working between non-governmental organizations and local communities in the context of HIV prevention.

After working in a number of non-governmental social justice and social welfare organizations in the UK, Africa, Cambodia and Australia, Dr. Aveling decided to enter academic research. She trained in social, cultural and community psychology, ultimately earning a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Aveling has previously held visiting appointments at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, at the University of Cambridge (UK), the National School of Public Health, Fiocruz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia).

Dr. Aveling teaches the following courses at the Harvard Chan School:
DrPH 200: Qualitative Methods in Health Research: Practice, Principles, and Critical Considerations
HPM 559: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health (online)
MPH 101:Qualitative Methods for Public Health: A brief introduction (online)
DrPH Qualitative Thesis Seminar Series (Summer/Winter)

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  1. Frances Wu, Mary Dixon-Woods, Emma-Louise Aveling, Anne Campbell, Janet Willars, Carolyn Tarrant, David W. Bates, Christian Dankers, Imogen Mitchell, Peter Pronovost, Graham P. Martin. The role of the informal and formal organisation in voice about concerns in healthcare: A qualitative interview study. Social Science & Medicine. 2022; 280. View Publication.
  2. Werts S, Aveling EL, Taylor LA, Singer SJ, Geller AC, Ramanadhan S. Overlooked Potential of Business-Inclusive Networks to Amplify Anchoring Activity Impact. Am J Health Promot. 2022 07; 36(6):920-922. PMID: 35383468.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  3. Taylor, L. A., Werts, S., Ramanadhan, S., Heberlein, C., Singer, S., & Aveling, E.-L. Can Businesses Be Anchor Institutions?. Stanford Social Innovation Review. 2022. View Publication.
  4. Dixon-Woods M, Aveling EL, Campbell A, Ansari A, Tarrant C, Willars J, Pronovost P, Mitchell I, Bates DW, Dankers C, McGowan J, Martin G. What counts as a voiceable concern in decisions about speaking out in hospitals: A qualitative study. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2022 04; 27(2):88-95. PMID: 34978470; PMCID: PMC8950712.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Caldas BDN, Portela MC, Singer SJ, Aveling EL. How Can Implementation of a Large-Scale Patient Safety Program Strengthen Hospital Safety Culture? Lessons From a Qualitative Study of National Patient Safety Program Implementation in Two Public Hospitals in Brazil. Med Care Res Rev. 2022 08; 79(4):562-575. PMID: 34253081.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Ramanadhan S, Revette AC, Lee RM, Aveling EL. Pragmatic approaches to analyzing qualitative data for implementation science: an introduction. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Jun 29; 2(1):70. PMID: 34187595; PMCID: PMC8243847.
    Citations: 6     
  7. Alidina S, Martelli PF, J Singer S, Aveling EL. Optimizing patient partnership in primary care improvement: A qualitative study. Health Care Manage Rev. 2021 Apr-Jun 01; 46(2):123-134. PMID: 33630504; PMCID: PMC7919701.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Yergaliyev KA, Aveling EL, Lee RM, Austin SB. Lessons for Local Policy Initiatives to Address Dietary Supplement Use Among Adolescents: A Qualitative Study of Stakeholders' Perceptions. J Adolesc Health. 2020 10; 67(4):550-556. PMID: 32387096.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Michael Anne Kyle, Emma-Louise Aveling, Sara J. Singer. Establishing High-Performing Teams: Lessons From Health Care. MIT Sloan Management Review. 2020. View Publication.
  10. Dixon-Woods M, Campbell A, Aveling EL, Martin G. An ethnographic study of improving data collection and completeness in large-scale data exercises. Wellcome Open Res. 2019; 4:203. PMID: 32055711.
    Citations: 3     
  11. Kyle MA, Aveling EL, Singer S. A Mixed Methods Study of Change Processes Enabling Effective Transition to Team-Based Care. Med Care Res Rev. 2021 08; 78(4):326-337. PMID: 31610742.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Alidina S, Martelli PF, Singer SJ, Aveling EL. Optimizing patient partnership in primary care improvement: A qualitative study. Health Care Manage Rev. 2019 May 22. PMID: 31135618.
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  13. Dixon-Woods M, Campbell A, Martin G, Willars J, Tarrant C, Aveling EL, Sutcliffe K, Clements J, Carlstrom M, Pronovost P. Improving Employee Voice About Transgressive or Disruptive Behavior: A Case Study. Acad Med. 2019 04; 94(4):579-585. PMID: 30211753; PMCID: PMC6330059.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Portela MC, Lima SML, da Costa Reis LG, Martins M, Aveling EL. Challenges to the improvement of obstetric care in maternity hospitals of a large Brazilian city: an exploratory qualitative approach on contextual issues. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Nov 26; 18(1):459. PMID: 30477475.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Michael Anne Kyle, Emma-Louise Aveling, Sara J. Singer. Observing The Natives: Impact Of Interpersonal Communication Style On Teamwork And Engagement In Surgical Teams . Science Trends. 2018. View Publication.
  16. Martin GP, Aveling EL, Campbell A, Tarrant C, Pronovost PJ, Mitchell I, Dankers C, Bates D, Dixon-Woods M. Making soft intelligence hard: a multi-site qualitative study of challenges relating to voice about safety concerns. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 09; 27(9):710-717. PMID: 29459365; PMCID: PMC6109252.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Aveling EL, Stone J, Sundt T, Wright C, Gino F, Singer S. Factors Influencing Team Behaviors in Surgery: A Qualitative Study to Inform Teamwork Interventions. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 07; 106(1):115-120. PMID: 29427618; PMCID: PMC6021556.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Stone JL, Aveling EL, Frean M, Shields MC, Wright C, Gino F, Sundt TM, Singer SJ. Effective Leadership of Surgical Teams: A Mixed Methods Study of Surgeon Behaviors and Functions. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Aug; 104(2):530-537. PMID: 28395873; PMCID: PMC5527126.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Aveling EL, Martin G, Herbert G, Armstrong N. Optimising the community-based approach to healthcare improvement: Comparative case studies of the clinical community model in practice. Soc Sci Med. 2017 01; 173:96-103. PMID: 27936423.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Aveling EL, Zegeye DT, Silverman M. Obstacles to implementation of an intervention to improve surgical services in an Ethiopian hospital: a qualitative study of an international health partnership project. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 08 17; 16(1):393. PMID: 27530439.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Aveling EL, Gillespie A, Cornish F. A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness. Qual Res. 2015 Dec; 15(6):670-687. PMID: 26664292; PMCID: PMC4641508.
    Citations: 5     
  22. Aveling EL, Parker M, Dixon-Woods M. What is the role of individual accountability in patient safety? A multi-site ethnographic study. Sociol Health Illn. 2016 Feb; 38(2):216-32. PMID: 26537016; PMCID: PMC4755229.
    Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Martin GP, Armstrong N, Aveling EL, Herbert G, Dixon-Woods M. Professionalism Redundant, Reshaped, or Reinvigorated? Realizing the "Third Logic" in Contemporary Health Care. J Health Soc Behav. 2015 Sep; 56(3):378-97. PMID: 26276676.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Brewster L, Aveling EL, Martin G, Tarrant C, Dixon-Woods M. What to expect when you're evaluating healthcare improvement: a concordat approach to managing collaboration and uncomfortable realities. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 May; 24(5):318-24. PMID: 25838466; PMCID: PMC4413682.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Aveling EL, Kayonga Y, Nega A, Dixon-Woods M. Why is patient safety so hard in low-income countries? A qualitative study of healthcare workers' views in two African hospitals. Global Health. 2015 Feb 25; 11:6. PMID: 25885903; PMCID: PMC4349795.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Aveling EL, Jovchelovitch S. Partnerships as knowledge encounters: a psychosocial theory of partnerships for health and community development. J Health Psychol. 2014 Jan; 19(1):34-45. PMID: 24195915.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Aveling EL, McCulloch P, Dixon-Woods M. A qualitative study comparing experiences of the surgical safety checklist in hospitals in high-income and low-income countries. BMJ Open. 2013 Aug 15; 3(8):e003039. PMID: 23950205.
    Citations: 44     Fields:    
  28. Aveling EL, Martin G. Realising the transformative potential of healthcare partnerships: insights from divergent literatures and contrasting cases in high- and low-income country contexts. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Sep; 92:74-82. PMID: 23849281.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Armstrong N, Herbert G, Aveling EL, Dixon-Woods M, Martin G. Optimizing patient involvement in quality improvement. Health Expect. 2013 Sep; 16(3):e36-47. PMID: 23374430.
    Citations: 72     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Aveling EL, Martin G, Jiménez García S, Martin L, Herbert G, Armstrong N, Dixon-Woods M, Woolhouse I. Reciprocal peer review for quality improvement: an ethnographic case study of the Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project. BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Dec; 21(12):1034-41. PMID: 22879446.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Aveling EL. Making sense of 'gender': from global HIV/AIDS strategy to the local Cambodian ground. Health Place. 2012 May; 18(3):461-7. PMID: 22469530.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Aveling EL, Martin G, Armstrong N, Banerjee J, Dixon-Woods M. Quality improvement through clinical communities: eight lessons for practice. J Health Organ Manag. 2012; 26(2):158-74. PMID: 22856174.
    Citations: 41     Fields:    
  33. Dixon-Woods M, Bosk CL, Aveling EL, Goeschel CA, Pronovost PJ. Explaining Michigan: developing an ex post theory of a quality improvement program. Milbank Q. 2011 Jun; 89(2):167-205. PMID: 21676020.
    Citations: 174     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Martsin, M., Wagoner, B., Aveling, E.L., Whittaker, L. & Kandianaki, I. (Eds.) . Dialogicality in focus: Challenges to theory, method and application. 2011.
  35. Zittoun, T., Aveling, E.L., Gillespie, A. & Cornish, F. People in transitions in worlds in transition: Ambivalence in the transition to womanhood during World War II. Cultural dynamics of Women’s lives: Personal Cultures at critical transitions of the life course. 2011; 142-161.
  36. Aveling, E.L. Mediating between international knowledge and local knowledge: The critical role of local field officers in an HIV prevention intervention. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 2010; 21(2):95-110. View Publication.
  37. Aveling EL. The impact of aid chains: relations of dependence or supportive partnerships for community-led responses to HIV/AIDS? AIDS Care. 2010; 22 Suppl 2:1588-97. PMID: 21161763.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Aveling, E.L., Cornish, F. & Oldmeadow, J.A. Diversity in sex workers’ strategies for the protection of social identity: Content, context and contradiction. Symbolic transformations: The mind in movement through culture and society. 2010; 302-322.
  39. Emma-Louise Aveling & Alex Gillespie. Negotiating Multiplicity: Adaptive Asymmetries within Second-Generation Turks’ “Society of Mind”. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 2008; 21(3):200-222. View Publication.
  40. Zittoun, T., Cornish, F., Gillespie, A. & Aveling, E.L. . Using social knowledge: A case study of a diarist’s meaning-making during World War II. Meaning in action: Construction, narrative and representation. 2008; 163-179.
  41. Gillespie, A., Cornish, F., Aveling, E.-L. and Zittoun, T. Conflicting community commitments: A dialogical analysis of a British woman's World War II diaries. J. Community Psychol. 2007; 36(1):35-52. View Publication.
  42. Maras, P. and Aveling, E.-L. Students with special educational needs: transitions from primary to secondary school. British Journal of Special Education. 2006; 33(4):196-203. View Publication.
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