Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Research Health Scientist, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Public Health Interests:

Intimate partner violence, women's health

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) and intersections with the healthcare, social service, and criminal legal systems. She is currently investigating IPV experiences among women veterans and developing a model for IPV assessment and response within the VA healthcare system. Melissa earned her PhD in Social Welfare and Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Child Development from Tufts University.

Select Publications:

Dichter, M. E., & Rhodes, K. V. (2011). Intimate partner violence survivors' unmet social service needs. Journal of Social Service Research, 37, 481-489.

Dichter, M. E., Cerulli, C., & Bossarte, R. M. (2011). Intimate partner violence victimization among women veterans and associated heart health risks. Women’s Health Issues, 21, S190-S194.

Thomas, K. A., Dichter, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. (2011). Intimate versus nonintimate partner murder: A comparison of offender and situational characteristics. Homicide Studies, 15, 291-311.

Dichter, M. E., Cederbaum, J. A., & Teitelman, A. M. (2010). The gendering of violence in intimate relationships: How violence makes sex less safe for girls. In M. Chesney-Lind and N. Jones, Fighting for girls: New perspectives on gender and violence. Albany, NY: The State University Press of New York.