We Are: Maria Edelen, PhD

Dr. Edelen is a psychometrician, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Associate Director of PROVE Center.  Her research focuses on development evaluation and implementation of PROs in clinical research.  She is involved in all activities related to the PROVE Center to acquire patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for selected surgery patients at Brigham Health and to implement a culture that embeds PROs as a standard. Dr. Edelen is leading efforts to expand the Center as a resource for faculty members in all surgical disciplines, establishing collaborations inside and outside of Brigham Health and Mass General Brigham and advancing PRO reporting for outcomes research, clinical care, quality improvement, and value-based healthcare.

Dr. Edelen graduated from Boston College with a BA in psychology. She holds a master’s degree and a PhD in quantitative psychology from the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before coming to the Brigham, Dr. Edelen worked as a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, where her research focused on PRO development, refinement, and evaluation in health settings. Dr. Edelen’s recent work has focused on the use of PROs for quality measurement in a number of contexts including primary, specialty, post-acute, and hospice care.