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Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW


Core Investigator
Associate Director
Co-Director, Health Equity Capacity Building Core
VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center 

Research Interests:

Melissa E. Dichter, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Core Investigator, Associate Director, and Co-Director of the Health Equity Capacity Building Core of the VA Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Crescenz (Philadelphia) VA Medical Center. She is also Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  Dr. Dichter's current research focuses on identifying and responding to the psychosocial needs of women military Veterans, particularly as related to the experience of intimate partner violence and associated social health concerns, including reproductive health, parenting, housing, social support, and economic stability. Dr. Dichter earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and completed a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Award to study intimate partner violence assessment and response in the VA healthcare system.

Current VA-Funded Research:

Assessing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence among Women Veterans, Principal Investigator

Homelessness Risk among Women Veterans: Demographic, Clinical, and Health Services Use Characteristics, Co-Investigator

Link to PubMed for citations