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Melissa Howe

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Scientist
Melissa studies elder mistreatment and has experience working with diverse older adult populations.

Melissa’s work at NORC focuses on elder mistreatment, elder care, and cross-cultural studies of health and well-being among older adults.

Melissa is the analytic project director of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a longitudinal study that integrates survey and biomeasure data collection to examine the health and social relationships of U.S. older adults. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Positive Aging for Latinos Study (PALS), a community-based participatory research project in Chicagoland. Additionally, Melissa directs a NORC funded study of Public Awareness of Elder Financial Exploitation in the United States.



University of Chicago


University of Cambridge


University of California San Diego

Project Contributions

National Social Life, Health & Aging Project

A pioneering nationally representative study of the intersection between social and intimate relationships and healthy aging


National Institute on Aging

National Social Life, Health, and Aging COVID-19 Study

Assessing how resilience or vulnerabilities might affect older adults


National Institute on Aging

Elder Abuse Survivor Equity (EASE) Study

Applying a cultural lens to personal and technology-facilitated elder abuse to better protect diverse communities


National Institute of Justice