Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN is a clinical psychologist, nurse and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. She has more than 25 years experience supporting children and their families in medical and community settings to foster humanism across the spectrum of healthcare.

Through her consulting practice and teaching, Dr. Meyer focuses on family perspectives and priorities for children with medical illnesses and neurodevelopmental disabilities, addressing challenging conversations in healthcare, end-of-life care, and the ethics of everyday clinical encounters.

Her clinical innovation and scholarship have enhanced the quality of family-professional communication and relationships, teamwork, psychosocial support services, and the emotional standard of care across healthcare and community settings.

Through her publications and international teaching, Dr. Meyer has disseminated her pioneering educational approaches integrating experiential simulation-based learning with professional actors. 

As Co-Founder and Former Director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Meyer has overseen the training of over 6,000 interprofessional learners through the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS) across Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Meyer's leadership has spawned international footholds and programs for relational learning in Italy, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Peru and Argentina. 

Dr. Meyer has been a thought leader for a range of timely professional issues such as the use of deception in simulation education, interprofessional education, clinicians’ emotional engagement during challenging healthcare conversations, and the ethics of everyday clinical encounters. 

In short, Dr. Meyer's clinical career, diverse teaching, and academic scholarship have emphasized patient and family priorities for care, end-of-life decision-making, and interprofessional communication and relational skills across healthcare boundaries in an effort to promote humanism and ethical integrity in healthcare.




Elaine C. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N. is the Co-Founder and Former Director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

On Being Present, Not Perfect

In her intimate talk, Dr. Meyer draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.


What they really remember are the words that we said to them, the kindness that we extended, how we made them feel, and how we treated them.
— Dr. Elaine C. Meyer