Ashley Ritter, APRN, PhD, Founding Member, Contributing Writer
University of Pennsylvania
Ashley Z. Ritter, APRN, PhD is a geriatric nurse practitioner and the Chief Executive Officer of Dear Pandemic. She is also an Embedded Nurse Scientist and the Director of Clinical Care Research at NewCourtland, a provider of housing, health, and care management services in Philadelphia, PA. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She integrates her clinical knowledge, health policy training, and research skills to build better systems of care to meet post-hospital needs with the goal of sustained wellness. Her recent work examines the use of nursing homes for care delivery to younger adults, individuals experiencing opioid use disorder, and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her recent work is funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and is a first generation college graduate. She spends her free time outdoors with her three small children, singing poorly to an eclectic variety of music, and cooking.