Viani Picchetti

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Viani (Ramirez) Picchetti has 15 years of combined experience working with domestic and international public health. Throughout her career, Dr. Picchetti has worked with infectious diseases (dengue, STIs, HIV, influenza, covid-19, and mpox), chronic diseases (asthma, obesity, and cancer), and violence. Her experience includes surveillance and epidemiology; field epidemiology; outbreak response; survey implementation worldwide; complex statistical analysis; and teaching diverse students in both domestic and international settings. In addition, Dr. Picchetti has written comprehensive reports, presented research results at professional conferences, published peer-reviewed manuscripts, and serves as peer-reviewer for scientific journals like The Lancet, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Injury Prevention.

Currently, Dr. Picchetti serves as Epidemiologist at the CDC-Atlanta, where she works in the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) Team conducting surveillance and prevention research for violence against children worldwide. She also serves as Response Leader for CDC's Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) and as Contributing Faculty for the PhD in Public Health Program at Walden University. Dr. Picchetti has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, an MPH from the Ponce Health Sciences University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from Walden University. Her research interests include sexual minority health and sexual violence against young males.


PhD, Walden University

MPH, Ponce Health Sciences University

BS, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez