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Darlene Yee-Melichar

Dr. Yee-Melichar has been redeployed and will serve as the CSU Faculty Trustee during July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025
Location: HSS 242 B



Dr. Darlene Yee-Melichar is a Professor in PACE-Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University (SF State). She has been active as a faculty leader for both the SF State and CSU Academic Senates. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her teaching excellence and service contributions to the campus, community and profession.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Yee-Melichar has taught at a variety of institutions of higher education including Barnard College, CUNY- New York City Technical College, St. Joseph's College, CUNY- York College, College of New Rochelle, Teachers College- Columbia University, Long Island University, University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston, and San Francisco State University (SF State).   She was a laudable recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

At SF State, as an interdisciplinary instructor, she has taught in five departments/schools with academic attention on workforce development for an aging society.  Courses taught have drawn upon her expertise and teaching interests in aging and continuum of care; assisted living administration; educational gerontology; educational leadership; healthy aging; long-term care administration; minority issues in aging; nursing home administration; safety research and education for older adults; and older women’s health issues.  She enjoys working with students in both lecture/seminar courses as well as supervision courses that allow for high impact practices such as curricular innovations, internship experiences and research opportunities.  

Research Interests

Dr. Yee-Melichar’s research interests in healthy aging, long-term care administration, minority women’s health, and safety research and education are reflected in 6 books, 109 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, technical reports, and numerous professional and scholarly presentations. She was active on the NIH Advisory Committee for Research on Women's Health, NIH Review Committee for Research Enhancement Awards Program, and AHRQ special emphasis panels on "Translating Research into Practice" and "Health Research Dissemination."  

Dr. Yee-Melichar chaired the U.S. DHHS-OWH Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts; served on the U.S. DHHS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education and the U.S. DHHS-OWH Region IX Women’s Health Advisory Council; and co-chaired the IAGG 2017 World Congress on Gerontology & Geriatrics Local Arrangements Committee, and the Region IX Health Equity Council (RHEC IX).  

Dr. Yee-Melichar is a Charter Fellow of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, and Full Member of Sigma Xi, the national research society. Dr. Yee-Melichar has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Health Education and other peer-reviewed journals; and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), Cal MediConnect Advisory Committee of the San Mateo Health Commission, California Department of Aging- Aging & Disability Resource Connection Advisory Committee, and as an OMH Health Equity Mentor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Yee-Melichar, D., Flores, C. and Boyle, A.R. (2022).  Assisted Living Administration and Management Review: Practice Questions for RC/AL Administrator Certification/Licensure.  New York, Springer Publishing Company.

Yee-Melichar, D., Flores, C. and Boyle, A.R. (2021). Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care. ISBN: 978-0-8261-6194-9. New York, Springer Publishing Company.

Lui, K., Yee-Melichar, D., and Takagi, E. (2018) Engagement and Utilization of Advanced Care Planning and Hospice in Different Older Asian American Populations. OBM Geriatrics (3)2.

Yee-Melichar, D., Takagi, E., and Lui, K. (2018). Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives on Enhancing Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes. In Resnick B., Gwyther L., and Roberto K. (editors) Resilience in Aging (pp. 151-170). ISBN: 978-3-030-04555-5

Blanco, M. and Yee-Melichar, D. (2017). Elderly Health Disparities: Translating Research into Practice. Innovation in Aging 1(1), 481.       

Brennan, S., Osada, H., Doan, T. and Yee-Melichar, D. (2017). Environmental Design and QOL in Long-Term Care Facilities. Innovation in Aging 1(1), 3585.

Som, V., Yee-Melichar, D., and Zernicke, M.L.  (2017). Aging in America and Meals on Wheels: Exploring Impacts on Food Insecurity, Health Outcomes, and Hospitalizations.  Trends in Geriatric Healthcare 1(1):23-30.

Roh, S., Brown-Rice, K., Lee, K., Lee, Y.S., Yee-Melichar, D., and Talbot, E. (2015). Attitudes toward Mental Health Services among American Indians by Two Age Groups. Community Mental Health Journal 51(8), 970-977. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9859-3

Yoo, G.J., Musselman, E., Lee, Y-S and Yee- Melichar, D. (2015). Addressing Health Disparities among Older Asian Americans: Data and Diversity. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging 38(4), 74-81.

Yee-Melichar, D., Boyle, A.R., Wanek, L, and Pawlowsky, S.P.  (2014). Resilience in Geriatric Rehabilitation from a Cultural Perspective.   Geriatric Nursing 14(9): 1-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2014.08.010

Yee-Melichar, D., Flores, C.M., and Cabigao, E.P. (editors) (2014). Long-Term Care Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Quality Programs in Eldercare. New York, Springer Publishing Company.  

Yee-Melichar, D. (2010). Resilience in Aging: Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives. In Resilience in Aging. Edited by Barbara Resnick, Lisa Gwyther and Karen A. Roberts. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-0232-0_9


CSU Faculty Trustee

Academic Senate CSU

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

CDA-ADRC Advisory Committee

EdD in Educational Leadership Faculty

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