Dr. Wetle is Dean of the School of Public Health, and is Professor of Health Services Research, Policy and Practice. She was most recently Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Formerly, she was Director for the Braceland Center for Mental Health and Aging at the Institute of Living; and Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Medicine. She is former Associate Director of the Division on Aging and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At Yale, she was Director of the Program in Long Term Care Administration and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. She previously worked in federal government as a Social Policy Analyst for the Administration on Aging, DHHS, and in local government as director of an Area Agency on Aging in Portland, Oregon. She is Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America and past President of the American Federation for Aging Research. She was awarded a Docteure Honoris Causa by the University of Geneva, the Donald P. Kent Award by the Gerontological Society of America and a lifetime achievement award by the American Public Health Association. She served on the NIH National Advisory Council on Aging and the NIH Council on Councils.
|Shield, Renée R., Farrell, Timothy W., Campbell, Susan E., Nanda, Aman, Wetle, Terrie Professional development and exposure to geriatrics: medical student perspectives from narrative journals.. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2015; 36 (2) : 144-160.|
|Shield R, Rosenthal M, Wetle T, Tyler D, Clark M, Intrator O Medical staff involvement in nursing homes: development of a conceptual model and research agenda.. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2014; 33 (1) : 75-96.|
|Nanda A, Farrell TW, Shield RR, Tomas M, Campbell SE, Wetle T Medical students' recognition and application of geriatrics principles in a new curriculum.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013; 61 (3) : 434-9.|
|Farrell TW, Shield RR, Wetle T, Nanda A, Campbell S Preparing to care for an aging population: medical student reflections on their clinical mentors within a new geriatrics curriculum.. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2013; 34 (4) : 393-408.|
|Shield RR, Farrell TW, Nanda A, Campbell SE, Wetle T Integrating geriatrics into medical school: student journaling as an innovative strategy for evaluating curriculum.. The Gerontologist. 2012; 52 (1) : 98-110.|
|Schonbrun YC, Stuart GL, Wetle T, Glynn TR, Titelius EN, Strong D Mental health experts’ perspectives on barriers to dissemination of couples treatment for alcohol use disorders. Psychological Services. 2012; 9 (1) : 64-73.|
|Lima JC, Intrator O, Karuza J, Wetle T, Mor V, Katz P Nursing home medical staff organization and 30-day rehospitalizations.. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2012; 13 (6) : 552-7.|
|Schonbrun YC, Strong DR, Wetle T, Stuart GL A qualitative investigation of barriers to entry into couples’ treatment for alcohol. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2011; 41 (4) : 399-406.|
|Tyler DA, Shield RR, Rosenthal M, Miller SC, Wetle T, Clark MA How valid are the responses to nursing home survey questions? Some issues and concerns.. The Gerontologist. 2011; 51 (2) : 201-11.|
|Besdine RW, Shield RR, McNicoll L, Campbell SE, Wetle T Integrating and evaluating geriatrics in medical school: a novel approach for the challenge.. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 2011; 32 (4) : 295-308.|
|Winkler MF, Wetle T, Smith C, Hagan E, O'Sullivan Maillet J, Touger-Decker R The meaning of food and eating among home parenteral nutrition-dependent adults with intestinal failure: a qualitative inquiry.. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010; 110 (11) : 1676-83.|
|Shield RR, Wetle T, Teno J, Miller SC, Welch LC Vigilant at the end of life: family advocacy in the nursing home.. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2010; 13 (5) : 573-9.|
|Farrell TW, Campbell S, Nanda A, Shield R, Wetle T Evaluating geriatrics in the medical school curriculum: using student journals.. Medicine and health, Rhode Island. 2008; 91 (12) : 378-81.|
|Teno JM, Gruneir A, Schwartz Z, Nanda A, Wetle T Association between advance directives and quality of end-of-life care: a national study.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2007; 55 (2) : 189-94.|
|Karlamangla A, Tinetti M, Guralnik J, Studenski S, Wetle T, Reuben D Comorbidity in older adults: nosology of impairment, diseases, and conditions.. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. 2007; 62 (3) : 296-300.|
|Dosa DM, Grossman N, Wetle T, Mor V To evacuate or not to evacuate: lessons learned from Louisiana nursing home administrators following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2007; 8 (3) : 142-9.|
|Bolda EJ, Saucier P, Maddox GL, Wetle T, Lowe JI Governance and management structures for community partnerships: experiences from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Partnerships for Older Adults Program.. The Gerontologist. 2006; 46 (3) : 391-7.|
|Wetle T, Shield R, Teno J, Miller SC, Welch L Family perspectives on end-of-life care experiences in nursing homes.. The Gerontologist. 2005; 45 (5) : 642-50.|
|Shield RR, Wetle T, Teno J, Miller SC, Welch L Physicians "missing in action": family perspectives on physician and staffing problems in end-of-life care in the nursing home.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2005; 53 (10) : 1651-7.|
|Teno JM, Kabumoto G, Wetle T, Roy J, Mor V Daily pain that was excruciating at some time in the previous week: prevalence, characteristics, and outcomes in nursing home residents.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2004; 52 (5) : 762-7.|
|Teno JM, Clarridge BR, Casey V, Welch LC, Wetle T, Shield R, Mor V Family perspectives on end-of-life care at the last place of care.. JAMA. 2004; 291 (1) : 88-93.|
|Teno JM, Mor V, DeSilva D, Kabumoto G, Roy J, Wetle T Use of feeding tubes in nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment.. JAMA. 2002; 287 (24) : 3211-2.|
|Bradley EH, Blechner BB, Walker LC, Wetle TT Institutional efforts to promote advance care planning in nursing homes: challenges and opportunities.. The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 1997; 25 (2-3) : 150-9, 83.|
|Beckett LA, Brock DB, Lemke JH, Mendes de Leon CF, Guralnik JM, Fillenbaum GG, Branch LG, Wetle TT, Evans DA Analysis of change in self-reported physical function among older persons in four population studies.. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1996; 143 (8) : 766-78.|
|Walker L, Wetle T, Blechner B Do-not-resuscitate orders in nursing homes: institutional policies and practices.. Journal of ethics, law, and aging. 1995; 1 (2) : 97-106.|
|Branch LG, Walker LA, Wetle TT, DuBeau CE, Resnick NM Urinary incontinence knowledge among community-dwelling people 65 years of age and older.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1994; 42 (12) : 1257-62.|
|Murray AM, Levkoff SE, Wetle TT, Beckett L, Cleary PD, Schor JD, Lipsitz LA, Rowe JW, Evans DA Acute delirium and functional decline in the hospitalized elderly patient.. Journal of gerontology. 1993; 48 (5) : M181-6.|
|Branch LG, Guralnik JM, Foley DJ, Kohout FJ, Wetle TT, Ostfeld A, Katz S Active life expectancy for 10,000 Caucasian men and women in three communities.. Journal of gerontology. 1991; 46 (4) : M145-50.|
|Liptzin B, Levkoff SE, Cleary PD, Pilgrim DM, Reilly CH, Albert M, Wetle TT An empirical study of diagnostic criteria for delirium.. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1991; 148 (4) : 454-7.|
|Branch LG, Wetle TT, Scherr PA, Cook NR, Evans DA, Hebert LE, Masland EN, Keough ME, Taylor JO A prospective study of incident comprehensive medical home care use among the elderly.. American Journal of Public Health. 1988; 78 (3) : 255-9.|
|Wetle T, Levkoff S, Cwikel J, Rosen A Nursing home resident participation in medical decisions: perceptions and preferences.. The Gerontologist. 1988; 22 (Suppl) : 32-8.|
2002-2003, Principal Investigator, "End of Life Care in Nursing Homes: Findings and Policy Issues", AARP.
2002-2006, Principal Contractor, "Improving Preparedness for Bioterrorism", Rhode Island Department of Health.
2002-2006, Principal Contractor, "CDC Assessment Project", Rhode Island Department of Health.
2002-2007, Principal Contractor, "Community Partnership for Older Adults", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
2004-2005, Principal Investigator, "Improving Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research", National Institute on Aging, NIH, AG024790-01.
2004-2005, Principal Investigator, "Improving Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research", John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.
2004-2005, Principal Investigator, "Improving Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research", Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
2005-2006, Principal Investigator, "Improving Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research", John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.
2005-2006, Principal Investigator, "Improving Preparedness for Bioterrorism", Rhode Island Department of Health.
2005-2007, Principal Investigator, "Public Health Executive Training Institute", Pfizer Foundation.
2007-2010, Director for Evaluation, "Comprehensive Programs to Strengthen Physicians' Training in Geriatrics", Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
2007-2008, Principal Investigator, Pfizer Grant for Partners in Public Health Lecture Series
2007-2012, Co-Investigator, "Shaping Long Term Care in America", National Institute on Aging, 1P01AG027296-01A1
2009, Principal Investigator, "Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Research Program", John A. Hartford Foundation
2009-2010, Principal Investigator, "Health Promotion and the Elderly: Promoting Research and Career Development", Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
2009-2010, Project Officer (PI), "Epidemiological and Other Public Health Data Analysis Technical Services", RI Department of Health
2010-2012 Project Officer (PI) "RI Medical School and Master of Public Health Curriculum: Suicide Prevention", RI Department of Health and Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
2010-2012, Project Officer (PI), "Epidemiological and Other Public Health Data Analysis Technical Services", RI Department of Health
2013-2014, Project Officer (PI), “Epidemiological and Other Public Health Data Analysis Technical Services”, RI Department of Health ($712,637/year).
2014-2017, Principal Investigator, “Public Health Student Loan Forgiveness and Pallative Care Curriculum for Physicians”, Littauer Foundation ($300,000).
2014-2015, Investigator, Robot Telepresence in Improved Nursing Home Organization, Brown University Seed Award ($80,000).
2014-2019, Co Investigator, “Changing Long Term Care in America: Policies, Markets, Strategies, and Outcomes” NIH, P01 AG027296-06A1 (PI, Mor) ($6,399,973)
Wetle T, Shield R, Teno J, Miller S, Welch L. Family perspectives on end of life care experiences in nursing homes, Gerontologist, 2005; 45:642-650.
Shield R, Wetle T, Teno J, Miller S, Welch L. "Physicians Missing in Action": Family perspectives on physician and staffing problems in end-of-life care in the nursing home. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2005, 53(10): 1651-1657.
Bolda E, Saucier P, Maddox, G, Wetle T, Isaacs Lowe, J. Governance and management structures for community partnerships: Experiences from the RWJ Community Partnerships for Older Adults Program. Gerontologist, 2006; 46(3): 391-397.
Winkler MF, Wetle T. A pilot study of a qualitative interview guide for quality of life in home parenteral nutrition patients. Support Line, 2006; 28(1):19-25.
Teno J, Gruneir A, Scwhartz Z, Nanda A, Wetle T. Association between advance directives and quality of end of life care: A National Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2007; 55: 189-194.
Dosa D, Grossman N, Wetle T, Mor V. To evacuate or not to evacuate: Lessons learned from Louisiana nursing home administrators following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2007, 8(3): 142-149.
Farrell T, Campbell S, Nanda A, Shield R, Wetle T. Evaluating geriatrics in the medical school curriculum: Using Student Journals. Medicine and Health Rhode Island, 2008, 91(12):378-382.
Maggi S, Siviero P, Wetle T, Besdine R, Saugo M, Crepaldi G, for the Hip Fracture Study Group. A multicenter survey on profile of care for hip fracture: predictors of mortality and disability. Osteoporosis International, 2009, published on line May 5, 2009.
Wetle T, Shield R, Campbell SE, Wang AR, McNicoll L. Measuring "Dose" of Geriatrics in Medical School Curricula: An Innovative Evaluation Strategy. Gerontologist. Oct 2009;49:16-16.
Winkler MF, Wetle T, Smith C, Maillet J, Touger-Decker R. Relationships among home parenteral nutrition, food and eating, and quality of life. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2009; 33:230-231.
Nanda A, Bourbonniere M, Wetle T, Teno J. Home Care in the Last Year of Life: Family Member Perceptions of Unmet Need Associated with Last Place of Care. Journal of American Medical Directors Association, 2010: 11(1): 21-25.
Shield, R, Wetle T, Teno J, Miller S, Welch L. Vigilant at the End of Life: Family Advocacy in the Nursing Home. Journal of Palliative Medicine, May 2010: 13 (5): 573-579.
Winkler M, Wetle T, Smith C, O Sullivan Maillet J, Touger-Decker R. The Meaning of Food and Eating Among Home Parenteral Nutrition Dependent Adults with Intestinal Failure: A Qualitative Inquiry. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2010; 110 (11): 1676- 1683.
Tyler D, Shield R, Rosenthal M, Miller S, Wetle T, Clark M. How Valid Are the Responses to Nursing Home Survey Questions? Some Issues and Concerns. The Gerontologist, 2011; 51 (2): 201-211. PMC3058131
Published online: The Gerontologist (2010) doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq095. November 15, 2010
Reprinted in: Cutchin M, Kemp C, Marshall V (eds) Researching Social Gerontology, SAGE Publication, 2012.
Chatav Schonburn, Y, Stuart G, Wetle T, Glynn T, Titelius E, Strong D. Mental Health Experts’ Perspectives on Barriers to Dissemination of Couples Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. Psychological Services Review, 2012; 9:64-73.
Advance online publication, December 12, 2011. Doi:10.1037/a0026694.
Besdine RW, Wetle TF. Opportunities to Improve Healthcare Outcomes for Elderly People and Reduce Rehospitalization. Aging Clinical Experimental Research. 2011; 23:427-30.
Besdine R, Shield R, McNicoll L, Campbell S, Wetle T. Integrating and Evaluating Geriatrics in Medical School: A Novel Approach for the Challenge. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 2011; 32 (4): 295-308.
Shield R, Farrell T, Nanda A, Campbell S, Wetle T. Integrating Geriatrics into Medical School: Student Journaling as an Innovative Strategy for Evaluating Curriculum. The Gerontologist, The Gerontologist 2012; 52 (1): 98-110.
Published online, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr079. September 12, 2011.
Chatav Schonburn Y, Strong D, Wetle, T, Stuart L. A Qualitative Investigation of Barriers to Entry into Couples Treatment for Alcohol Problems, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2012; 41:399-406. PMC3205220
Lima J, Intrator O, Karuza J, Katz P, Mor V., Wetle T. Nursing Home Medical Staff Organization and 30-Day Rehospitalizations. Journal of American Medical Directors Association. 2012; 13: 552-557 PMCID:PMC3766635.
Shield R, Rosenthal M, Wetle T, Tyler D, Clark M, Intrator O. Medical Staff in Nursing Homes: Development of a Conceptual Model and Research Agenda. Journal of Applied Gerontology, in press. PMCID: PMC2736135 Doi:10.1177/0733464812463432.
Advance online publication, November 28, 2012. http://jag.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/11/26/0733464812463432, Doi:10.1177/0733464812463432
Advance online publication, November 28, 2012. http://jag.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/11/26/0733464812463432, Doi:10.1177/0733464812463432.
Nanda A, Farrell T, Shield R, Tomas M, Campbell S, Wetle T. Medical Students’ Recognition and Application of Geriatrics Principles in a New Curriculum. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61 (3):434–439, 2013.
Advance online publication, February 4, 2013. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12139/full
Farrel T, Shield R, Wetle T, Nanda A, Campbell S. Preparing to Care for an Aging Population: Medical Student Reflections on their Clinical Mentors within a New Geriatrics Curriculum. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 34 (4), 393-408, 2013. 10.1080/02701960.2013.830115
Advance online Publication, August 17, 2013.
Intrator O, Lima J, Wetle T. Nursing Home Control of Physician Resources. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15 (4), 273-280, 2014.
Advance online publication, February 17, 2014.
Shield R, Farrell T, Campbell S, Nanda A, Wetle T. Professional Development and Exposure to Geriatrics: Medical Student Perspectives from Narrative Journals. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, in press.
Advance online publication, October 2, 2014
Choo EK, Ranney ML, Wetle TF, et al. Attitudes Toward Computer Interventions for Partner Abuse and Drug Use Among Women in the Emergency Department. Journal of Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 2015
Published on line
Advance on line publication, January 1, 2015
Intrator O, Lima J, Wetle T. Nursing Home Control of Physician Resources (NHCOPR) Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, in press.
Rozanova J, Miller E, Wetle T. Depictions of Nursing Home Residents in US Newspapers: Successful Aging vs Frailty”. International Journal of Ageing and Society, in press.
Lima J, Intrator O, Wetle T. Physicians in Nursing Homes: Effectiveness of Physician Accountability and Communication. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, in press.
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Johnson and Wales University (2016)
Irving Wright Award of Distinction, American Federation for Aging Research (2014)
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Public Health Association (2013)
Appointment, Council of Councils, National Institutes of Health (2010)
Appointment, National Council on Aging, National Institutes of Health (2009)
Donald P. Kent Award, Gerontological Society of America (2008)
Docteure Honoris Causa, University of Geneva, School of Medicine, Switzerland (2005)
President, American Federation for Aging Research (2005)
President, Gerontological Society of America (2003-2004)
Joan Quinn Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Aging and Long Term Care (1998)
President's Award, American Society on Aging (1997)
Key Award for Outstanding Contributions in Public Health and Aging, APHA (1996)
Kinsman Lecturer on Ethics and Health Care, Oregon Health Sciences University (1991)
|Miller, Susan||Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice|
|Mor, Vincent||Florence Pirce Grant University Professor, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice|
|Shield, Renee||Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice|
|PHP 2060 - Qualitative Methods in Health Research|