Ashley Z. Ritter, PhD, CRNP

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Clinician Scholar Program, Perelman School of Medicine

Ashley Z. Ritter, PhD, CRNP is a geriatric nurse practitioner and a postdoctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked with older adults across the spectrum of care settings – ICU to home. Ritter completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Dr. Ritter’s research and practice focus on the delivery of care to older adults with complex medical and social needs following hospitalization. Recent work examines the use of nursing homes by younger adults, individuals experiencing opioid use disorder, and individuals with dementia. Her dissertation work examined occupational licensure requirements for nurse practitioners. Her work considers the interplay of the laws, economics, and care delivery models that shape the health of communities.

Her work has been featured in Nursing Outlook, JAMA Forum, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, across the university, and on media outlets. She is the Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Dear Pandemic, a team of female, PhD-trained researchers disseminating evidence-based information about COVID-19 via social media. Her work is currently funded by the VA, National Institute on Aging, and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.