Joseph Grzywacz, PhD

Department of Family & Community Medicine

“My wife and four kids are at the center of everything I am, and they are the inspiration for my research. Personally, I am a diehard “cheddar head” (Go Packers!), I am active in my son’s Cub Scout program, our church and I enjoy spending time outdoors – especially when mountains or beaches are involved.”


Dr. Grzywacz is an interdisciplinary social scientist with broad research interests in understanding how social contexts of everyday life contribute to health among individuals, and how this knowledge can be used to promote population health.  His research focuses primarily on the health-related implications of the work-family interface, socioeconomic and racial disparities in health, and the organization of work.



1990University of Wisconsin
Stevens Point, WI
B.S. Degree, Health Promotion and Wellness 
1994University of Wisconsin
Stevens Point, WI
M.S. Degree, Family and Community Wellness
Thesis: The relationship between a multidimensional exercise (Karate) and adolescent self esteem: A quasi-experimental approach
1998University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Ph.D. Degree, Child and Family Studies
Dissertation: Family, work and the work/family interface: Toward an ecological perspective of health behaviors during midlife


Postdoctoral Training


1998 – 2000Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California
Irvine, CA


Academic Career


1998Graduate Research Assistant with Nadine F. Marks, Socioeconomic Inequalities, Gender, and Midlife Health Project; Funded by the National Institute on Aging 
1998 – 2000National Institute on Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
School of Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
2000 – 2002 Assistant Professor
Division of Health Promotion
School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services
University of Northern Iowa
2002 – 2011
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Epidemiology & Prevention
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
2011 – PresentProfessor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC


 Selected  Publications

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