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

Laura Tach (Alumna) Divorce Can Mean a Trip Down the Economic Ladder for Women

Mar 7, 2015 (NBC News) "There are big losses in income across the income distribution for both higher- and lower-income women," said Laura Tach, an assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University. Mothers who have custody of children can see 30 to 40 percent of their income vanish, and their earnings are often unstable, since childcare or other caregiving demands can pull them out of the work force.

Rebecca Thurston (Alumna) Early Hot Flashes May be Heart-Disease Predictor

Mar 7, 2015 (Seattle Times) The research by Rebecca Thurston, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, offers potential insights for diagnosing and managing a leading killer. Thurston, who has a doctorate in clinical health psychology, presented her findings last week at an American College of Cardiology meeting.

Jon Zelner (Scholar) Social Networks and the Spread of Disease

Mar 3, 2015 (Washington Post) An interesting point from Jon Zelner: The idea behind this paper [by Zelner, James Trostle, Jason Goldstick, William Cevallos, James House, and Joseph Eisenberg] is that epidemiologists typically think of social networks as structures defining some kid of contact risk at the individual level, i.e. who-transmits-to-who, but not how these networks might be protective or otherwise structure risk at the community level.

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