Faculty Profile: Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Bio-Med Emergency Medicine
Work: +1 401-444-2557
My primary area of research is injury prevention among emergency department (ED) patients. I am specifically focused on 3 topics:
1) ED-based violence screening/interventions;
2) ED-based mental health screening/interventions; and
3) use of technology to facilitate delivery of preventive interventions in the ED setting.


Megan Ranney MD MPH is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health and injury prevention.

She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science in 1997. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire prior to attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in NYC. She graduated with AOA status and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award on graduation. She completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Emergency Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research and a Master of Public Health, at Brown University.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an editor for the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is PI on a K23 from NIMH, a co-I on an R34 from NIMH, and a co-I on a PCORI grant, all focused on mHealth interventions for high risk populations.

Grants and Awards

Editor, Annals of Emergency Medicine - 2013-present
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians - 2011
Loan Repayment Award for Clinical Research, National Institutes for Health - 2008-2013
Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award - June 2010
Haffenreffer Award - June 2008
Gregory D. Jay Resident Research Award -June 2008
Daniel L. Savitt Resident Teaching Award - June 2008


Society for the Advancement of Violence & Injury Research (SAVIR), 2008-present.
Advocacy Committee, 2010-present.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), 2006-present.
Nomating Commitee (elected member), 2012-2014.
Chair, Public Health Interest Group, 2012-2013.
Chair, Didactics Subcommittee, 2010-2013.
Board of Directors, resident member, 2007-2008.
Member, Public Health Interest Group (PHIG) and Research Interest Group.

Member, Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Med (AWAEM)
AWAEM New England Regional Advisory Committee, 2010-present.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2003-present
Consulting Editor, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2013-present.
Chair, Working Group on Gun Violence, 2012-present
Chair, Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, 2012-2014
Newsletter editor, Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, 2010-2012
Member, Research Section, 2010-present

Funded Research

National Insitute of Mental Health: K23 MH095866 4/1/13-2/28/18
Text-Message-Based Depression Prevention for High-Risk Youth in the ED
Depression and peer violence are significant, interrelated public health problems for adolescents. Although NIMH and Healthy People 2020 call for their prevention, this high-risk population is difficult to engage in traditional mental health care. This career development grant will allow Dr. Ranney to develop an innovative technology-augmented depression prevention intervention for high-risk adolescents seen in the emergency department.
Role: Principal Investigator

Optimizing Patient Engagement in a Novel Pain Management Initiative (OPEN)
PCORI (Green) Notice of award 12/18/13, dates TBD
Role: Co-Investigator, 5% FTE

Skills to Enhance Positivity in Suicidal Adolescents
NIMH R34 (Yen): RFA: PAR-09-173 8/1/13-7/31/16
Role: Co-investigator, 5% FTE

SAEM Research Training Grant (Ranney) 7/1/11-6/30/13
A Cellphone Intervention to Reduce Depression and Violence in Teen ED Patients
Role: Principal Investigator

University Emergency Medicine Foundation Small Projects Grant (Ranney/Choo) 8/16/10-6/1/11
Patient Attitudes toward Technology-based Behavioral Health Interventions in the Emergency Department
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

American Association of Medical Colleges (Schweigler) 1/15/08-9/20-11
A Longitudinal Curriculum in Public Health for Emergency Medicine Residents
Role: Consultant

Teaching Experience

- PHP2170: Injury as a Public Health Problem. Co-instructor, 2012-present.
- BIOL 1970: Independent Study. Instructor/mentor, 2009-present.
- Community Health Rotation, research mentor: 2008-present

Courses Taught

  • Independent Study (BIOL1970)
  • Injury as a Public Health Problem (PHP2170)

Selected Publications

  • Ranney ML, Suffoletto B. "Extending our Reach: Use of mHealth to Support Patients after Emergency Care." Annals of Emerg Med. Accepted for publication Jan 14, 2014. (2014)
  • Ranney ML, Choo EK, Cunningham RM, Spirito A, Thorsen M, Mello MJ, Morrow K. "Acceptability, language, and structure of text-message-based behavioral interventions for high-risk adolescent females: A qualitative study." J Adolesc Health. Accepted for publication Dec 13, 2013. (2013)
  • Cunningham RM, Ranney ML, Newton M, Woodhull W, Zimmerman M, Walton MA. "Characteristics of Youth Seeking Emergency Care for Assault." Pediatrics. Accepted Oct 1, 2013. Epub ahead of print Dec 9, 2013. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1864 (2013)
  • Taggert I, Ranney ML, Howland J, Mello MJ. "A Systematic Review of Emergency Department Interventions for College Drinkers." J Emerg Med. 2013 Sep 21. doi:pii: S0736-4679(13)00727-0. 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.05.065. [Epub ahead of print] (2013)
  • Cruz T, Gallagher S, Ranney ML. "Advocacy: Translating injury research into policy." Inj Prev, 2013 Oct;19(5):366. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040982. . doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040982. (2013)
  • Ranney ML, Walton M, Whiteside L, Epstein-Ngo Q, Patton R, Chermack S, Blow F, Cunningham RM. "Correlates of depressive symptoms among at-risk youth presenting to the emergency department." Gen Hosp Psych, 2013 Sep-Oct;35(5):537-44. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2013.05.007. (2013)
  • Houry DE, Ranney ML. "Public Scholarship and the Role for Injury Practitioners." Inj Prev, 2013 Aug;19(4):296. (2013)
  • Ranney ML, Sankoff J, Newman D, Fenton A, Mukau L, Durston B, Ballard D, Wintemute G. "A Call to Action: Gun Violence, Public Health, and Emergency Medicine," Ann Emerg Med, 2013 Jun;61(6):700-2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.02.015. Epub 2013 Mar 13. PMID: 23489650. (2013)
  • Ranney ML, Choo EK, Spirito AS, Mello MJ. "Adolescents' preference for technology-based emergency department behavioral interventions: Does it depend on risky behaviors?" Pedi Emerg Care, 2013 Apr;29(4):475-81. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31828a322f. PMID: 23528509 (2013)
  • Ranney ML, Daya M. "Twitter and resuscitation education: Is this the future?" Resuscitation. 2013 Feb;84(2):147-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.12.001. Epub 2012 Dec 7. PMID: 23228557. (2013)
  • Whiteside L, Ranney ML, Chermack S, Zimmerman M, Walton M, Cunningham RM. "The Overlap of Youth Violence Among Aggressive Adolescents with Past Year Alcohol Use, A Latent Class Analysis: Aggression and Victimization in Peer and Dating Violence in an Inner City Emergency Department Sample." J Studies Alc Drugs, 2013 Jan;74(1):125-35. PMID: 23200158 (2013)
  • Ranney ML, Sankoff J, Fenton A, Wintemute G. "Response to Letter to the Editor Re: A Call to Action." Ann Emerg Med, Ann 2013 Oct;62(4):434-5. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2013.05.023. (2013)
  • Choo EK, Ranney ML, Mello MJ, Clark MA, Charest T, Garro CF,Bertsch K, Larsen S, Zlotnick C. "High Risk Health Behaviors and Health Access Among Female Adult Entertainment Club Employees." Women and Health. 2012;52(7):646-57. (2012)
  • Choo EK, Ranney ML, Wong Z, Mello MJ. "Attitudes toward Technology-Based Health Information among Adult Emergency Department Patients with Drug or Alcohol Misuse" J Subst Abuse Treat, 2012 Dec;43(4):397-401. (2012)
  • Ranney ML, Choo EK, Wang Y, Baum A, Clark MA, Mello MJ. "Emergency Department Patient Preferences for Technology-Based Behavioral Interventions." Ann Emerg Med, 2012 Aug;60(2):218-227.e48. Epub 2012 Apr 27. PMID: 22542311 (2012)
  • Baird JB, Ranney ML, Mello MJ. "A Commentary on the Paper Entitled: Text-Message-Based Drinking Assessments and Brief Interventions for Young Adults Discharged from the Emergency Department" Alc Clin Exper Res, 2012 36(3):395-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01710.x. (2012)
  • Choo EK, Ranney ML, Aggarwal N, Boudreaux ED. ""A Systematic Review of Emergency Department Technology-Based Behavioral Health Interventions" Acad Emerg Med, 2012 19(3):318-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2012.01299.x. (2012)