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  • Research Scientist, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

About the investigator

Melissa Basile is a medical anthropologist currently working as a research scientist in the area of implementation and dissemination science at Northwell Health. Melissa received her PhD in anthropology from the New School for Social Research and her MA in social anthropology from the University of London.

Research focus

Melissa’s research is focused on processes of deliberation and decision making for patients with advanced chronic lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and COPD, and the ways in which individuals negotiate lay and biomedical knowledge systems in order to understand and make decisions about their treatments. She has spent many years conducting participatory fieldwork among community based organizations in health care and development, and in using qualitative methodologies to gain insight into how patients understand disease and illness. She has written and presented on the social theory of embodiment, personhood, and the anthropology of education and is currently working on applying these bodies of theory to ethnographies of end-of-life care.


The New School for Social Research
Degree: PhD

University of London
Degree: MA

Hofstra University
Degree: BA

Honors & awards

  • 1997, 1998 Graduate Faculty Grant, The New School for Social Research
  • 1994 Natalie Allons Departmental Scholarship in Anthropology, Hofstra University