Amy Gonzales

The program has fundamentally changed the focus of my research. I am now asking questions that can inform policy, and I have never been more passionate about the research process.


About Us

The RWJF Health & Society Scholars program is designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health.


The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors.


Each year, the program enables up to 12 outstanding individuals who have completed their doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program at one of four nationally prominent universities.

Featured Scholars

Alison Buttenheim

Currently, she is focused on the use of behavioral economic principles (including financial incentives and intrinsic rewards) to encourage behavior change and take-up of preventive care services in the area of maternal-child health.



 HSS News

Fenaba Addo (Alumna) Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents, But Not As Much As (Or Why) You Think

Oct 29, 2014 (Wall Street Journal) While credit-card balances among young people have actually fallen some over the past decade, a new study by Fenaba Addo in the journal Demography finds that “credit card debt is positively associated with cohabitation for men and women.” In other words, debt pushes people into living with partners, not just parents.

Andrew Papachristos & Chris Wildeman (Alumni) Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Oct 9, 2014 (NPR) New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims.

Allison Aiello (Alumna) Four-Year-Old Boy's Death Is First Linked to Enterovirus D-68

Oct 6, 2014 (NBC Nightly News) A community is on edge after health officials confirmed a 4-year-old New Jersey boy died of Enterovirus D-68.

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