Wrenetha A.

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Wrenetha Julion
Wrenetha Julion


Wrenetha A. 


Associate Professor 
Rush University Medical Center

Professional Bio

Dr. Wrenetha Julion, DNSc, MPH, is an Associate Professor at Rush University Medical Center.

Project Description

The overarching goal of this research was to identify parent training initiatives that might be useful in increasing paternal involvement (PI) in African American Non-Resident fathers between the ages of 18 and 25. This study will examined socio-demographic and contextual variables related to PI with the aim of developing strategies that can be implemented within faith-based settings to increase and maintain PI among young AA non-resident fathers. It answers the research question, “What strategies or approaches hold promise for changing the trajectory of AA male adolescents and young adults who disproportionately face challenging health and social outcomes such as school dropout, unemployment, and incarceration?”

My New Connections Experience

I applied for New Connections funding in order to gain the research experience that would allow me to embark upon opportunities to conduct research that would promote my professional career goals of providing research based interventions to help fathers remain positively involved in the lives of their children.

My participation in New Connections has contributed to the growth of my program of research, as well as the growth of my career as a faculty member in the College of Nursing. The work developed as a part of my involvement in New Connections has informed fatherhood practitioners, researchers, nursing professionals and fathers themselves of the potential benefits of implementing and/or participating in fatherhood programs in consort with churches. Thus, I have been able to reach individuals and organizations that are primed to support the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

Research Interests

I am interested in families, with a specific emphasis on supporting positive parenting among low-income families of color. My research is also focused specifically on fatherhood and the development and implementation of fatherhood programs for African American Non-Resident Fathers.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2007
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
  • Project Name:  The Promise of Church-Partnered Fatherhood Programs for Increasing Paternal Involvement in African American Non-Resident Fathers. 

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