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Melissa D Aldridge, PhD
    • Position
    • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
    • Language
    • English

Dr. Aldridge's research focuses on quality and access to healthcare services for patients with serious illness. Her body of work examines the impact of hospice ownership, size, and other organization-level features on the delivery of hospice care and access to hospice services. She has studied hospice admission policies and their potential impact on access to care for patients and families.  She has also examined variation across hospices in patient discharge rates and the impact that discharge from hospice has on patients and Medicare costs. Her formal research training includes a Ph.D. from Yale University with emphasis in health economics, health policy, and statistical methods in health services research.
Dr. Aldridge is the recipient of a Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellowship, an NPCRC junior faculty award, and an NIH Career Development Award. Her current projects include examining hospice preferred practices and their association with patient outcomes and hospice costs with the goal of disseminating this information to improve the quality of hospice care.


BA, College of the Holy Cross

MBA, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

MPH, Columbia University, Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health

PhD, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences