Chief Science Officer
With over 25 years of experience working in perinatal epidemiology and public health, Joann Petrini bolsters NICHQ’s capabilities as a leader in using data-driven strategies for catalyzing change to improve children’s health in the public health space.
As Chief Science Officer, Petrini provides leadership and support for the infusion of evidence-based and innovative approaches into all of NICHQ’s programmatic and evaluation-based activities. Her expertise in infant mortality and perinatal health allows Petrini to advise on the many NICHQ initiatives in these focus areas.
Prior to joining NICHQ in 2016, Petrini has been director of Clinical and Health Outcomes Research in the Department of Research and Innovation at Western Connecticut Health Network for eight years, and before that served in various roles at the March of Dimes Foundation, including director of the Perinatal Data Center and senior advisor to the Office of the President.
Petrini has served as one of 15 members of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality. In 2002, Petrini was selected as the recipient of the National Young Professional Achievement Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.
Petrini currently has an academic appointment as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Petrini received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University. She has a second master’s degree in Public Administration and a doctoral degree in Health Policy, Finance and Research from New York University.