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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

OSU-Tulsa Human Sciences professor receives prestigious fellows award

Joseph Grzywacz, director of the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, has been named to the National Council on Family Relations’ prestigious Fellow status in recognition of his contributions to the field of family science.

Grzywacz is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair of Family Resilience and a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Human Sciences at OSU.

“Since joining the Center for Family Resilience in 2012, Dr. Grzywacz has worked on a number of research initiatives that will have a broad impact on families in Tulsa and across the nation,” said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. “The NCFR Fellows are recognizing his devotion to his students and the profession in presenting him with this award.”

The National Council on Family Relations is the nation’s premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families and has a membership of more than 3,600 family researchers, practitioners and educators.

“The NCFR Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the field of the family in the areas of scholarship, teaching, engagement or professional service,” said Stephan Wilson, dean of the College of Human Sciences and an NCFR Fellow. “This award represents the impact Joe has made on families and their well-being.”

Grzywacz has made enduring contributions to the field of family science as a scholar. Over the past 14 years, he has been involved with numerous research grants and awards. He has served as the principal investigator or co- investigator for dozens of research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“My research interests bridge family and work issues linking them to family health and well-being,” Grzywacz said. “I am particularly interested in everyday aspects of work and family life and how they contribute to inequalities in adult and child health.”

Grzywacz’s area of expertise as an interdisciplinary social scientist in health, family and work is known nationally and internationally. Since 1999, he has authored or co-authored over 175 scientific publications. He has published in journals pertaining to families, including Family Issues, Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, American Journal of Health Promotion, and the American Journal of Public Health. His new edited volume entitled “New Frontiers in Work and Family Research” will be distributed in February. 

Before joining the faculty at OSU, Grzywacz was a professor in the department of family and community medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in child and family studies in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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