Newsroom Archive


Professor Amy Adamczyk Receives $75,000 Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Grant Will Support Research on the Health-Related Behavior of Young Latino & African-American Men

Monday, June 15, 2009 – Professor Amy Adamczyk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was awarded a $75,000 two-year grant from the New Connections Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The grant will allow Dr. Adamczyk to examine the influence of secular and religion-supported programs for shaping the health-related behaviors of young Latino and African American men.

“I am extremely proud to be among the junior investigators honored with this prestigious grant," says Dr. Adamczyk. "This award will connect me to a network of established experts in the field of science, while providing me with an opportunity to address a research question that has far-reaching implications for the health-related behaviors of young Latino and African American men."

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care. New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that inform the foundation’s programming. New Connections seeks early- to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates, and individuals from low-income communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Adamczyk to a program that reflects the Foundation’s commitment to increasing the diversity in our grant making and in the broader fields of health research.” says Debra Pérez, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A., the RWJF Senior Program Officer who directs the New Connections program.

More information about New Connections is available at

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, RWJF works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those we serve. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, RWJF expects to make a difference in your lifetime.