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LauraEllen Ashcraft, PhD, MSW

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CHERP Affiliate Investigator

  • Associate Director, Dissemination & Implementation Science Core (DISC), CHERP
  • Research Specialist, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC)
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Penn Implementation Science Institute (PISCE), University of Pennsylvania


LauraEllen Ashcraft, PhD, MSW (she/her) is the Associate Director for the Dissemination & Implementation Science Core (DISC) at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Dr. Ashcraft's work as an implementation science methodologist seeks to advance the field of implementation science by leveraging theory to promote equity, excellence, and innovation in methods, analysis, and dissemination in health and human services. Dr. Ashcraft provides implementation science consultation to investigators and is a Co-Investigator on several Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) projects.

Dr. Ashcraft completed her PhD in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021 with a focus on implementation science in chronic pain management in primary care settings. Her dissertation work involved the development of a novel strategy to quantify implementer concordance. Dr. Ashcraft led the first systematic review examining strategies to disseminate research to US policymakers, which was published in Implementation Science. She has prior experience conducting mixed methods research in critical care and long-term acute care settings. She completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with concentrations in Community Organizing and Social Administration.

Research Areas
Implementation Science
Social Determinants of Health
Safer Aging
Health Equity