Worker Health Expertise
Joseph G. Grzywacz, PhD
Associate Director for Research, Center for Worker Health
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Grzywacz is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is internationally recognized for his work, family, and health research.
Grzywacz and his colleagues conduct basic research focused on experiences at the work-family interface (e.g., work-family conflict, work-family balance). His research focuses on the effect that work-family issues have on eating and physical activity habits; the strategies that working parents use to combine work and family; and the health consequences of inflexible and nonstandard work arrangements.
This federal- and foundation-supported research is designed to inform policy-related solutions and organizational strategies that support and promote the health of workers and their families.
His recent congressional briefing for the Workplace Flexibility 2010 initiative illustrates the practical use of his research.
Grzywacz has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers, and his research is consistently ranked as among the “best of the best” research in work and family. He has recently guest-edited a special volume of Family Relations focused on “Families and Health” and he was awarded the Mid-Career Investigator Award from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Grzywacz has consulted on the design and implementation of the Singapore National Study of Work-Family Harmony as well as IBM’s Global Work and Life Issues Survey, and he has participated in several national advisory panels focused on work-family issues.