Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH

Greta Massetti

Senior Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Violence against children and youth
  • Sexual violence
  • Violence epidemiology
  • Global violence prevention
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

Dr. Greta Massetti is a Branch Chief of the Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at the CDC. In this role, Dr. Massetti leads the division’s efforts to address the global burden of violence against children and youth. Dr. Massetti serves as the lead for the global Violence Against Children Surveys (VACs) to determine the magnitude and nature of violence against children in multiple countries. Dr. Massetti collaborated with CDC’s global partners (including the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID, PEPFAR, Together for Girls, and others) to increase the availability of scientific data on the topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), violence against children, gender-based violence, and related health consequences.

Dr. Massetti has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook, and she completed her psychology residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at SUNY at Buffalo before joining CDC in 2007. Dr. Massetti has conducted research on the prevention of youth violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and violence against children, and the health consequences that result from violence. Dr. Massetti has led efforts to advance violence prevention through strategies that promote the safety and health of communities. Dr. Massetti is a leader in public health prevention science and the intersection of science, practice, and policy. Dr. Massetti has published more than 100 scientific publications and reports. Dr. Massetti has been involved in initiatives focused on putting evidence-based programs to work in communities, and evaluating those efforts to determine public health impact.