Center for Digital Health

Megan Ranney MD, MPH, FACEP

Founding Director, Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation, Brown School of Public Health, Warren Alpert Foundation Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean and Director of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Research Interests Social Media, Digital Intervention, Design, and Evaluation, Wearables and Digital Phenotypes


Megan L. Ranney MD MPH is an emergency physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 12 federally funded grants and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She holds numerous national positions, including volunteering her expertise as Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research, the country’s only non-profit committed to ending the gun violence epidemic through a public health approach, serving as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and serving as a senior-level editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. She also directs the new Fellowship in Digital Health Innovation within the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Ranney’s work in digital innovation for violence prevention has garnered numerous national accolades. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, presenting in settings ranging from TedX to Exponential Medicine to the Human Resources Leadership Forum. She has received awards ranging from the Rhode Island Tech Collective’s Innovation Award, to the Rhode Island Women Physician of the Year, the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award, and Lifespan’s Bruce Selye Research Award. She was recently named a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Program and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Dr. Ranney has mentored well over 40 pre-doctoral, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students in medicine, public health, and computer science, including two current K-grant mentees. She teaches within Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health at Brown University. Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated the ability to lead and grow multidisciplinary teams of researchers, students, and technology partners to develop numerous grants, entrepreneurial spin-offs, and influential clinical transformations. As founding director of the Emergency Digital Health Innovation Program, in the Department of Emergency Medicine, she has developed a program that includes more than 50 collaborators from across Brown University, Lifespan, and beyond. Current projects include work to develop predictive analytic models of injury risk, Instagram-based cyberbullying prevention interventions, wearable-monitored predictive models of post-traumatic stress, natural language processing to improve prediction of opioid overdose risk, and text-message based violence prevention programs for at-risk youth.