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Melissa Garrido

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
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  • PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison


  • 2008 - 2010
    NIMH Postdoctoral Traineeship in Mental Health Services Research
    Rutgers University

  • 2005 - 2007
    AHRQ/National Research Service Award (NRSA) Traineeship
    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

  • 2003 - 2005
    School of Public Health Predoctoral Merit Fellowship
    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Prigerson HG, Bao Y, Shah MA, Paulk ME, LeBlanc TW, Schneider BJ, Garrido MM, Reid MC, Berlin DA, Adelson KB, Neugut AI, Maciejewski PK. Chemotherapy Use, Performance Status, and Quality of Life at the End of Life. JAMA oncology 2015; 1(6): 778-784.

Higgins PC, Garrido MM, Prigerson HG. Factors Predicting Bereaved Caregiver Perception of Quality of Care in the Final Week of Life: Implications for Health Care Providers. Journal of palliative medicine 2015; 18(10): 849-857.

May P, Garrido MM, Cassel JB, Kelley AS, Meier DE, Normand C, Smith TJ, Stefanis L, Morrison RS. Prospective Cohort Study of Hospital Palliative Care Teams for Inpatients With Advanced Cancer: Earlier Consultation Is Associated With Larger Cost-Saving Effect. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2015; 33(25): 2745-52.

Ornstein KA, Aldridge MD, Garrido MM, Gorges R, Meier DE, Kelley AS. Association Between Hospice Use and Depressive Symptoms in Surviving Spouses. JAMA internal medicine 2015 May; 175(7): 1138-46.

Nathaniel JD, Garrido MM, Chai EJ, Goldberg G, Goldstein NE. Cost savings associated with an inpatient palliative care unit: Results from the first two years. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2015; 50(2): 147-54.

Garrido MM, Balboni TA, Maciejewski PK, Bao Y, Prigerson HG. Quality of life and cost of care at the end of life: The role of advance directives. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 2015; 49: 828-835.

Garrido MM, Prigerson HG, Penrod JD, Jones SC, Boockvar KS. Benzodiazepine and sedative-hypnotic use among older seriously ill veterans: Choosing wisely? . Clinical Therapeutics 2014; 36(11): 1547-1554.

Garrido MM, Harrington ST, Prigerson HG. End-of-life treatment preferences: A key to reducing ethnic/ racial disparities in advance care planning?. Cancer 2014; 120(24): 3981-3986.

Garrido MM. Propensity scores: A practical method for assessing treatment effects in pain and symptom management research. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2014; 48(4): 711-718.

Garrido MM, Kelley AS, Paris J, Roza K, Meier DE, Morrison R, Aldridge MD. Methods for constructing and assessing propensity scores. Health Services Research 2014; 49(5): 1701-1720.

Garrido MM, Prigerson HG. The end-of-life experience: Modifiable predictors of caregivers’ bereavement adjustment. Cancer 2014; 120(6): 918-925.

Garrido MM. Propensity scores and palliative care [Letter to Editor]. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2014; 17(3): 261.

Garrido MM, Penrod JD, Prigerson HG. Unmet need for mental health care among veterans receiving palliative care: Assessment is not enough. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2014; 22(6): 540-544.

Garrido MM, Boockvar KS. Perceived symptom targets of antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sedatives: The search for modifiable factors that improve adherence. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 2014; 41(4): 529-538.

Ozok AA, Wu H , Garrido MM, Pronovost P, Gürses AP. Usability and perceived usefulness of personal health records for preventive health care: Patients' and primary care providers' perspectives. Applied Ergonomics 2014; 45(3): 613-628.

Garrido MM, Idler EL, Leventhal H, Carr D. Pathways from religion to advance care planning: Beliefs about control over length of life and end-of-life values. The Gerontologist 2013; 53(5): 801-816.

Garrido MM, Deb P, Burgess JF Jr, Penrod JD. Choosing models for cost analyses: Issues of nonlinearity and endogeneity. Health Services Research 2012; 47(6): 2377-2397.

Garrido MM, Allison KC, Bergeron MJ, Dowd BE. Hospital religious affiliation and outcomes for high risk infants.. Medical Care Research and Review 2012; 69: 316-338.

Garrido MM, Kane RL, Kaas M, Kane RA. Use of mental health care by community-dwelling older adults. JAGS 2011; 59(1): 50-56.

Garrido MM, Hash-Converse JM, Leventhal H, Leventhal E. Stress and Chronic Disease Management. In: Contrada R, Baum AS, editors. Handbook of Stress Science. New York, Springer;.

Garrido MM, Kane RL, Kaas M, Kane RA. Perceived need for mental health care among community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2009; 64B(6): 704-712.

Nelson MM, Smith MA, Martinson B, Kind A, Luepker R. Declining patient functioning and caregiver burden/health: The Minnesota Stroke Survey – Quality of Life After Stroke Study. Gerontologist 2008; 48(5): 573-583.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Garrido did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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