Richard Melia, PHD
HCMA Board Director
Richard P. Melia (Dick) has worked on disability and rehabilitation research, training, and policy for over 50 years. He completed his Federal career as Director, Division of Research Sciences, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dick's PhD work at UMass Amherst uniquely combined expertise in public administration and public health. His father died of sudden cardiac arrest at age 63, and Dick experienced a life-threatening cardiac event at age 59 that led to a diagnosis of HCM. One of his sons had heart surgery at age 40. Dick lives in Arlington Virginia. He enjoys representing HCMA in the Washington DC area where his Federal experience helps him in his advocacy work.