Dr. Wetle is a Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University. Until 2017, she served as Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, having previously served as Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy 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 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 has served on the faculties of Yale, Harvard, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. 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, a lifetime achievement award by the American Public Health Association and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa by Johnson and Wales University.