Megan Ranney

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Health Services
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Megan Ranney MD MPH is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health and violence prevention. She is the Director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program (

She graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude 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 from the Gold Humanism Society 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 Associate 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, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and an elected member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Board of Directors. She has previously served as an appointed member of HIMSS’ mHealth Physician Taskforce. Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and chair of the Firearm Injury Research Technical Advisory Group for the American College of Emergency Physicians. She is PI or Co-I on grants from NIMH, NICHD, NIAAA, NIDA, and PCORI, all focused on technology-based interventions for high risk populations. Her work has been featured by media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Fox News.  

She is also Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (, a non-partisan philanthropy focused on filling the funding gap for high-quality, medically-focused, firearm injury research.

Research Overview

My research focuses on:

  • the design and use of technology to facilitate behavioral health among vulnerable populations
  • firearm injury prevention

Research Statement

I have a number of ongoing clinical trials and observational studies. Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a longitudinal research experience should contact me via email.

Funded Research

Emergency Department Predictive Analytics for High-Risk Patients
Advance-CTR (PI: Ranney)
Role: Principal Investigator, 10% FTE

A Technology-Augmented Intervention to Prevent Peer Violence & Depressive Symptoms Among At-Risk Emergency Department Adolescents
NICHD R01HD093655 (PI: Ranney)
Role: Principal Investigator, 30% FTE

Building Research Capacity for Firearm Safety Among Children
NICHD R24HD087149 (PI: Cunningham)
Amount: $5,200,000
Role: Co-investigator, 10% FTE

Bullying Prevention Intervention for Adolescent Primary Care Patients
NICHD R21 HD088739 (PI: Ranney)
8/16-7/18 Role: Principal Investigator, 10% FTE

A Patient Decision Aid to Augment Lethal Means Counseling for Suicidal Patients
NIMH (PI: Betz)
Role: Consultant

Creating a Non-ACGME Fellowship in Digital Innovation in Health Care and Education
Academic Development Award, UEMF (PI: Pensa)
Role: Mentor