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  • Professor of Public Health, Division of Familty medicine and Community Health

Dr. Grisso received her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she obtained a MSc. Degree in clinical epidemiology. In 1983, Dr. Grisso came to U Penn and rose through the ranks to Professor in both Medicine and Epidemiology. Dr. Grisso was a senior scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute, senior fellow of the Institute on Aging and had a secondary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She was involved in the development of the Bridging the Gaps and Focus programs.

Starting in 2001, Dr. Grisso worked at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). There she directed the Clinical Care Management (Quality) team; developed a new initiative in the prevention of childhood obesity; developed a new effort in violence prevention, with a special focus on intimate partner violence. She also was the Senior Program Officer for national human capital programs focusing on faculty development, including RWJF Clinical Scholars, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, and the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars, and the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars.

Today Dr. Grisso is Professor of Public Health in both the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. She has a leading role in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and serves as a core faculty member in the MPH program. She is teaching two courses in the MPH program  and developing a grant portfolio for public health research and demonstration projects in collaboration with the several Penn schools of the CPHI. She is working on two NIH-funded research projects. The first is a cluster-randomized controlled trial to improve the culture and support of women faculty in the School of Medicine. The second  is a trial in the Health Department clinics of using family health advocates to screen for and counsel patients at risk for Intimate Partner Violence. In the School of Nursing, Dr. Grisso is working on a number of initiatives through the Division of Family and Community Health. In addition to her teaching and mentorship roles, Dr. Grisso works actively with this group to develop collaborative research.