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Dr. Aimee Ferraro

Senior Core Faculty
School of Public Health, Walden University

Brief Biography:

Dr. Ferraro has 15 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research within a variety of public health settings, including nonprofits, universities, and government agencies. After completing a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. Ferraro has been conducting epidemiological research on infectious diseases in Lima, Peru. Her work has been published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Pediatrics. Dr. Ferraro joined Walden University’s faculty in 2008, teaching courses in the Ph.D. and Master’s programs of Public Health. She also mentors and serves as University Research Reviewer for over 50 dissertation students. Her work has been published in Pediatrics, Vaccine, International Health, and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Academic positions:

Contributing Faculty, Walden University, College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, 2008-Present Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer, University of Colorado at Denver, Health and Behavioral Sciences Program, 2004-2006

Research interests:

Applied epidemiology; infectious disease epidemiology; ethnography of drug (ab)use; HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and STIs; mixed methods research; cross-cultural research

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