Melissa Dichter is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. Dr. Dichter earned her PhD in social welfare and master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA in child development from Tufts University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. In addition to her role at Temple, Melissa also serves as associate director and core investigator at the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Crescenz (Philadelphia) VA Medical Center. Prior to her position at Temple University, Melissa was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
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’s work has also focused on identifying and meeting the health and psychosocial needs of women military veterans and of gender and sexual minority populations. Dr. Dichter has methodological expertise in primary data collection, mixed methods and qualitative research methods, and community-engaged research.
RECENT SELECT PUBLICATIONS
Dichter ME, Sorrentino AE, Haywood TN, Tuepker A, Newell S, Cusack M, True G. Women's participation in research on intimate partner violence: Findings on recruitment, retention, and participants' experiences. Womens Health Issues. 2019 May 6, pii: S1049-3867(18)30586-3.
Grillo AR, Danitz SB, Dichter ME, Driscoll MA, Gerber MR, Hamilton AB, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Iverson KM. Strides toward recovery from intimate partner violence: Elucidating patient-centered outcomes to pptimize a brief counseling intervention for women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. posted online April 2019. doi: 10.1177/0886260519840408.
Dichter ME, Sorrentino AE, Haywood TN, Bellamy SL, Medvedeva E, Roberts CB, Iverson KM. Women's
healthcare utilization following routine screening for past-year intimate partner violence in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018, 33(6), 936-941.
Dichter ME, Thomas KA, Crits-Christoph P, Ogden SN, Rhodes KV. Coercive control in intimate partner violence: Relationship with women’s experience of violence, use of violence, and danger. Psychology of Violence. 2018, 8(5), 596-604.
Dichter ME, Wagner C, True G. 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, 2018; 33(6),843-864.
Dichter ME, Butler A, Bellamy S, Medvedeva E, Roberts CB, Iverson KM. Disproportionate mental health burden associated with past-year intimate partner violence among women receiving care in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 2017;30(6):555-563
Dichter ME, Haywood TN, Butler AE, Bellamy SL, Iverson KM. Intimate partner violence screening in the Veterans Health Administration: Demographic and military service characteristics. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017; 52(6): 761-768. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.003
Dichter ME, Wagner C, Borrero S, Broyles L, Montgomery AE. Intimate partner violence, unhealthy alcohol use, and housing instability among women veterans in the Veterans Health Administration. Psychological Services, 2017 May; 14(2): 246-249. doi: 10.1037/ser0000132.
Dichter ME, Wagner C, True G. Women veterans' experiences of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual assault in the context of military service: implications for supporting women's health and well-being. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2016 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print]
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.