Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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.
Strengthening Suicide Prevention Efforts for Women Veterans through the Veterans Crisis Line (IIR 18-287) as Principal Investigator
Published ResearchMiddle-aged Women's Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Disclosure: "It's a private matter. It's an embarrassing situation". Journal of general internal medicine (2020)
Assessing the Veterans Health Administration's response to intimate partner violence among women: protocol for a randomized hybrid type 2 implementation-effectiveness trial. Implementation science : IS (2020)
Association of Health Conditions and Health Service Utilization With Intimate Partner Violence Identified via Routine Screening Among Middle-Aged and Older Women. JAMA Network Open (2020)
Mental health care in the context of intimate partner violence: Survivor perspectives. Psychological Services (2020)
Missed Opportunity for HIV Prevention Among a High-Risk Population of Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of general internal medicine (2020)
Social Determinants and Military Veterans' Suicide Ideation and Attempt: a Cross-sectional Analysis of Electronic Health Record Data. Journal of general internal medicine (2019)
- Intimate Partner Violence