Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW

CHERP COIN Investigator

Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center

Co-Director, Health Equity Capacity Building Core


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 Associate Professor in the College of Public at Temple University.

Dr. Dichter's research focuses on individuals’ experiences with, and system responses to, intimate partner violence (IPV). Her work has examined healthcare system identification of and response to patient experience with IPV; IPV survivor experiences with criminal legal system intervention; health and social impacts of IPV experience; IPV survivor engagement in social services, social relationships, and advocacy; and IPV experiences of women military veterans.

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.

Research Areas

  • Intimate Partner Violence