Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence

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Melissa Dichter, PhD

School of Medicine and Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Assistant Professor

As a social worker and researcher with expertise in understanding and addressing health and social service needs related to experience of intimate partner violence (IPV), Dr. Dichter is committed to using research to improve care for Veterans. She currently holds a five-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award to develop and test a model to assess and respond to Veterans’ IPV-related health and social service needs through the VHA. Her current work focuses on identifying and responding to the psychosocial needs of women military veterans, particularly as related to experience of IPV and associated social health concerns, including reproductive health, parenting, housing, social support, and economic stability. Dr. Dichter works with a team of mentors and colleagues both inside and outside the VA who have expertise in health services research and healthcare system intervention for addressing IPV. As the Philadelphia Site Lead for the VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network, she has established relationships with leaders in women’s health research and practice across the VA system.




Dichter ME, Wagner C, True G. Timing of intimate partner violence in relationship to military service among women veterans. Military Medicine, 2015; 180(11): 1124-1127.


Dichter ME, Wagner C, Goldberg EB, Iverson KM. Intimate partner violence detection and care in the Veterans Health Administration: Patient and provider perspectives. Womens Health Issues, 2015; 25(5): 555-560.


Dichter ME, True G. “This is the story of why my military career ended before it should have”: Premature separation from military service among U.S. women veterans. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 2015; 30(2): 187-199. 


Iverson KM, Vogt D, Dichter ME, Carpenter SL, Kimerling R, Street AE, Gerber MR. Intimate partner violence and current mental health needs among female veterans. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2015; 28(6): 772-776.


Gerber MR, Iverson KM, Dichter ME, Klap R, Latta RE. Women veterans and intimate partner violence: current state of knowledge and future directions. Journal of Women's Health (Larchmt). 2014; 23(4): 302-309.




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