LauraEllen Ashcraft

LauraEllen Ashcraft is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work. She received her BASW from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in community organizing and social administration.  Her research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based chronic pain management in primary care settings.

She is currently a Clinical and Translation Science TL1 Pre-doctoral Fellow in the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education and is the Principal Investigator of “Perceptions of Evidence-Based Chronic Pain Management” which examines the barriers and facilitators to using evidence-based chronic pain management in primary care settings.

LauraEllen is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Pittsburgh Dissemination and Implementation Science Collaborative (DISC). DISC exists, to connect interdisciplinary D&I scientist and trainees to develop D&I collaborative research, education, infrastructure, and capacity. Learn more about Pitt DISC here:

Recent Publications

Ashcraft, L.E., Quinn, D.A., Brownson, R.C. Strategies for Effective Dissemination of Research to United States Policymakers: A Systematic Review. Implementation Science. 2020;15:89.  [Link to article]

Rak, K. J., Ashcraft, L. E., Kuza, C. C., Fleck, J. C., DePaoli, L. C., Angus, D. C., ... & Kahn, J. M. (2020). Effective care practices in patients receiving prolonged mechanical ventilation: an ethnographic study. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, (ja). [Link to article]

Jacobs, L. A., Ashcraft, L. E., Sewall, C. J., Folb, B. L., & Mair, C. (2019). Ecologies of juvenile reoffending: A systematic review of risk factors. Journal of Criminal Justice, 101638. [Link to article]

Ashcraft, L. E., Asato, M., Houtrow, A. J., Kavalieratos, D., Miller, E., & Ray, K. N. (2019). Parent Empowerment in Pediatric Healthcare Settings: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. The Patient - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. [Link to article]