National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Melissa Partin, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Minneapolis, MN
Research Interests: Cancer, Clinical Decision, Implementation Science
Dr. Melissa Partin is Co-Associate Director of HSR&D's Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR) in Minneapolis. She also is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Partin's research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions to promote best practices in the area of cancer prevention and control, with a particular emphasis on cancer screening behavior. A patient education pamphlet she developed to facilitate informed decision-making about prostate cancer screening received the H. Winter Griffith Award for Excellence in Patient Education Materials, and has been widely implemented in practice. A manuscript summarizing the results of this research and documenting the effectiveness of the pamphlet was selected as one of the most notable manuscripts among those published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine between July 2004 and June 2005. Dr. Partin's current research activities include developing interventions to promote timely follow-up of positive colorectal cancer screening test results, and to reduce inappropriate utilization of cancer screening services. Currently, she is collaborating with members of VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) to develop and evaluate interventions to facilitate implementation of the revised clinical practice guidelines for prostate cancer screening. In addition, Dr. Partin has mentored numerous pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, has served on HSR&D's CDA review panel for many years, and is the former Director of the Minneapolis VA Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in HSR&D.