Terrie Fox Wetle

Terrie Fox Wetle, MS, Ph.D.
Brown School of Public Health
Brown University
Providence, RI

Dr. Wetle is the inaugural Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, having served as Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy, and Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Alpert Medical School during the development of the School of Public Health. 

From 1995-2000, Dr. Wetle served as the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging at NIH.  She has held other administrative and teaching positions, including Director of Braceland Center for Mental Health and Aging and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Associate Director of the Division on Aging and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Director of the Program in Long Term Care Administration and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University.  She has also worked in government as a Director of an Area Agency on Aging, and as a Social Policy Analyst at the Administration on Aging.  She is Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America and immediate past President of the American Federation for Aging Research.  She serves on the Governing Council of the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics and is Program Chair for the 2017 meeting. She is appointed to the Council of Councils and also the National Advisory Council for Aging for the National Institutes of Health.

She has more than 300 scientific publications and several edited books, including a book on nursing home care entitled, Public and Private Responsibilities in Long‑Term Care: Finding the Balance, and a book on research methods, Improving Aging and Public Health Research: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.  Her research interests include social gerontology, health services, and ethical issues in geriatric care and promoting health of aging populations.  She has worked with the Rhode Island School of Design on studios focused on designing products for older populations.  

Awards include:  SES Performance Awards, DHHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service, Presidential Executive Rank Award, American Society on Aging President's Award, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Outstanding Mentor Award, Gerontological Society of America’s Donald P. Kent Award for Professional Leadership, American Public Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and American Federation for Aging Research Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction.