Melissa Garrido

Melissa M. Garrido, PhD

Research Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Melissa Garrido, PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, and Director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Dr. Garrido has expertise in econometrics, evidence-based policy, geriatrics, palliative care, and behavioral health care. Her research centers around the theme of developing and applying rigorous analytic methods to inform policy and resource allocation decisions. She is a Senior Associate Editor at Health Services Research and is a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and the Federal Interagency Council on Evaluation Policy. Dr. Garrido received her PhD in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and completed an NIMH postdoctoral traineeship in mental health services research at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University.


  • University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, PhD Field of Study: Health Services Research/Health Administration/Gerontology
  • University of Wisconsin, BS Field of Study: Psychology


  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Garrido MM, Legler A, Strombotne KL, Frakt AB. Differences in adverse outcomes across race and ethnicity among Veterans with similar predicted risks of an overdose or suicide-related event. Pain Med. 2024 Feb 01; 25(2):125-130. PMID: 37738604.

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  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Li Y, Legler A, Tenso K, Garrido M, Pizer S. Impact of Medical Training Programs on Time-to-Fill Physician Vacancies at the Veterans Health Administration. Med Care. 2024 Mar 01; 62(3):182-188. PMID: 38180002.

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  • Published on 11/12/2023

    Feyman Y, Pizer SD, Shafer PR, Frakt AB, Garrido MM. Measuring restrictiveness of Medicare Advantage networks: A claims-based approach. Health Serv Res. 2024 Feb; 59(1):e14255. PMID: 37953067.

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  • Published on 10/13/2023

    Li Y, Barr KD, Trafton JA, Oliva EM, Garrido MM, Frakt AB, Strombotne KL. Impact of Mandated Case Review Policy on Opioid Discontinuation and Mortality Among High-Risk Long-Term Opioid Therapy Patients: The STORM Stepped-Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Subst Abus. 2023 Oct; 44(4):292-300. PMID: 37830514.

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  • Published on 7/31/2023

    Price ME, Gordon S, Emmitt C, Ndugga N, Kabdiyeva A, Mull H, Pizer S, Garrido MM. Growth of community-based immunotherapy treatment in the Veterans Health Administration. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep; 12(17):18110-18119. PMID: 37519258.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Figueroa JF, Dai D, Feyman Y, Garrido MM, Tsai TC, Orav EJ, Frakt AB. Use of High-Risk Medications Among Older Adults Enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans vs Traditional Medicare. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jun 01; 6(6):e2320583. PMID: 37368399.

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  • Published on 5/24/2023

    Landes SJ, Abraham TH, Woods JA, Curtis ND, Lauver M, Manchester C, Garrido MM, Porter S, Hughes G, Reger MA. Qualitative Evaluation of a Caring Letters Suicide Prevention Intervention for the Veterans Crisis Line. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Dec 01; 74(12):1234-1239. PMID: 37221888.

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  • Published on 3/6/2023

    Mather H, Kleijwegt H, Bollens-Lund E, Liu B, Garrido MM, Kelley AS, Leff B, Ritchie CS, Ornstein KA. The heterogeneity of the homebound: A latent class analysis of a national sample of homebound older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Jul; 71(7):2163-2171. PMID: 36876755.

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  • Published on 2/15/2023

    Palani S, Garrido MM, Tenso K, Pizer SD. Community care emergency room use and specialty care leakage from Veterans Health Administration hospitals. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Apr; 30(4):379-387. PMID: 36660799.

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  • Published on 2/10/2023

    Tenso K, Avila CJD, Garrido M, Lauver M, Reger MA, Legler A, Strombotne K. The use of crisis line services during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the veterans health administration. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023; 82:101-102. PMID: 36858847.

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