Rani A Hoff MPH, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Associate Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program; Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center; Director, Evaluation Division, National Center for PTSD

Biographical Info

Rani Hoff, received both her MPH in chronic disease epidemiology, and her PhD in mental health services research and psychiatric epidemiology, from Yale University. Dr. Hoff serves as Director of the Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC), which performs national program evaluation of mental health services within the Office of Mental Health Operations in VA Central Office; the Director of the Evaluation Division of the National Center for PTSD; the head of the Women and Trauma Core of Women's Health at Yale; and Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale.

Dr. Hoff’s research utilizes principles of psychiatric epidemiology and services research to examine risk factors and correlates of psychiatric disorders, with particular attention paid to co-occurring disorders and vulnerable populations. This research has included studies on pathological gambling, schizophrenia, substance abuse/dependence, the risk of suicide in psychiatric patients, trauma and comorbidity, criminal justice mental health, and the mental health problems experienced by the homeless and by returning Veterans from the Middle East. At the national level, Dr. Hoff regularly advises senior management within the VA Office of Mental Health Operations, the Office of Mental Health services, and other areas of VA Central Office regarding VA performance with respect to mental health services, and the appropriate metrics to evaluate those services nationally. She has also served on several advisory committees to the VA on the mental health needs of female veterans, with particular attention to military sexual trauma. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Survey of the Experiences of Returning Veterans (SERV) a large VA-funded study of the gender differences in coping behaviors of Veterans returning from military service.


Education & Training

M.P.H.
Yale University (1991)
Ph.D.
Yale University (1994)

Honors & Recognition

  • Section Chair, Mental Health Section
    American Public Health Association (2009)
  • Section Chair, Mental Health Section
    American Public Health Association (2006)

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