Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW

Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW
Senior Fellow

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine and Research Health Scientist, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Public Health Interests

Community/Population Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, and 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.

Dichter, M. E., Wagner, C., & True, G. (in press). Women veterans’ experiences of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the context of military service: Implications for supporting women’s health and well-being. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Keddem, S., Frasso, R., Dichter, M., & Hanlon, A. (in press). The association between pregnancy intention and breastfeeding. Journal of Human Lactation. Dichter, September 2017, page 5

Dichter, M. E., Butler, A., Bellamy, S., Medvedeva, E., Roberts, C. B., & Iverson, K. M. (in press). Disproportionate mental health burden associated with past-year intimate partner violence among women receiving care in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Dichter, M. E., Thomas, K. A., Crits-Christoph, P., Ogden, S. N., & Rhodes, K. V. (in press). Coercive control in intimate partner violence: Relationship with women’s experience of violence, use of violence, and danger. Psychology of Violence.