Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D. has been named the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa. Grzywacz will serve as professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He will provide leadership to the Center for Family Resilience on critical issues affecting families, youth and communities.
Prior to coming to OSU, Grzywacz had been a professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has held several positions there since 2002, serving most recently as associate director for research in the Center for Worker Health.
College of Human Sciences Dean Stephan Wilson said Grzywacz’s appointment will benefit not only the OSU community, but Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Grzywacz join the college and the university. His experience and leadership will continue the role of the Center for Family Resilience of moving research to practice as it provides information to non-profit and governmental agencies, schools and families that enhance their ability to improve individual well-being and impact the success of the community.”
As the GKFF Chair, Grzywacz will conduct research on family risk and resilience in addition to teaching and mentoring students who will become the next generation of family scientists and scholars.
Dr. Sue Williams, HDFS department head, said that Gryzwacz’s appointment will build on the department’s influence in Tulsa.
“Dr. Grzywacz brings extensive and impressive research to the position. His experience in securing grants will further our efforts in Tulsa to develop scholars and enhance engagement in family risk and resilience,” she said.
Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, said that Grzywacz will be an excellent addition to the nationally recognized faculty at OSU-Tulsa.
“Dr. Grzywacz’s teaching and research efforts will add a dynamic dimension to our growing program, provide new learning opportunities for our students and increase the collaborative research efforts among our faculty to address societal issues that impact families in Oklahoma and across the nation,” Barnett said.
Grzywacz received his Ph.D. in child and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after earning a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and wellness and a master’s in human and community resources from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He completed an National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral traineeship in psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
As an interdisciplinary social scientist, Grzywacz is known nationally and internationally for his research on health, family and work. He is particularly interested in health as it relates to work and family issues as well as socioeconomic and racial disparities in health. Since 1999, he has authored or co-authored 165 scientific publications.
Grzywacz’s research has been recognized five times in the past seven years as among the “best of the best” Work and Family research by the Rosabeth Moss Kanter review committee. He is often consulted for his expertise on advancing public health initiatives for disadvantaged individuals and families or addressing work-life strategies within organizations.