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

Aric Prather (Alumnus) Short Sleepers May Catch More Colds

Sept 2, 2015 (New York Times) “Sleep plays a role in regulating the immune system, and that’s how we think it influences susceptibility to the common cold,” said Aric A. Prather, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, who is the lead author of the study, published online this week in the journal Sleep.

Cate Taylor (Alumna) Women in Male-Dominated Jobs Have More Stress

Aug 25, 2015 (TIME Magazine) Women working in jobs dominated by men have high levels of interpersonal stress that could harm their health, shows a new study presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting.

Patrick Sharkey (Alumnus) America's Biggest Problem Is Concentrated Poverty, Not Inequality

Aug 10, 2015 (CityLab, The Atlantic) While income inequality has worsened considerably over the past couple of decades, America and its cities face a far deeper problem of increasing racial and economic segregation, along with concentrated poverty. Urban sociologists like Harvard’s Robert Sampson and NYU’s Patrick Sharkey have shown how concentrated neighborhood poverty shapes everything from higher crime rates to limited social mobility for the people—and especially the children—who live in these neighborhoods.

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