Robert L. Atkins

PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
Additional Titles 
National Program Director, New Jersey Health Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
New Jersey Health Initiatives
323 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1519
Phone 
(856) 225-6734
Email 

Education 
PhD (Health Studies): Temple University, Dept. of Public Health, 2004
MSN (Child and Family): Rutgers University-Newark, 1999
BSN: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 1995
BA (Political Science and American Civilizations): Brown University, 1990
Expertise 
Youth
Population Health
Vulnerable Communities
Biography 

Dr. Robert (Bob) Atkins has spent his adulthood trying to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families living in distressed, urban neighborhoods through service, scholarship, and education. Dr. Atkins currently serves the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as National Program...read more

Selected Publications 

Books

Hart, D., Atkins, R., & Fegley, S. (2003). Personality and development in childhood: A person-centered approach. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 68(1, Serial No. 272).

Textbooks

Atkins, R. (2008). Getting the Most from Nursing School: A Guide to Becoming a Nurse. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers. http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763755812/

Chapters in Books or Monographs

Hart, D., Matsuba, K., & Atkins, R. (2013). Civic engagement and child and adolescent well-being. In I.Ben-Arieh, F. Frones, E. Casas, J. Korbin (Eds.), Handbook of Child Well-Being,DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_33, # Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht 2013.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Atkins, R. (2017). Four lessons learned from school nurses in New Jersey about Building a Culture of Health. NASN School Nurse. https://doi.org/10.1177/1942602X17737797

Atkins, R. L., Estrada, E. J. J., Hagerman, D., Ellis, M. R., Wilson, R., & Maguire, P. (2016). Innovations to Support Frontline Health Care Workers Aspiring to Become Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses. Nursing Education Perspectives, 37(6), 347-348.

Fessele, K. L., Hayat, M. J., Mayer, D. K., & Atkins, R. L. (2016). Factors associated with unplanned hospitalizations among patients with nonmetastatic colorectal cancers intended for treatment in the ambulatory setting. Nursing research, 65(1), 24.

Ayres, C., Mahat, G., & Atkins, R. (2013). Testing theoretical relationships: Factors influencing positive health practices (PHP) in Filipino College Students. Journal of American College Health, 61, 88-94.

Funding - External 

2017- ongoing (Grant Amount: $1,300,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiatives: Technical Assistance and Direction for New Jersey Health Initiatives, Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Role: Principal Investigator

2016 - ongoing (Grant Amount: $1,300,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiatives: Technical Assistance and Direction for New Jersey Health Initiatives

2015-2016 (Grant Amount: $1,300,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiatives: Technical Assistance and Direction for New Jersey Health Initiatives

2014-2015 (Grant Amount: $1,290,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiative Award: Technical Assistance and Direction for New Jersey Health Initiatives

2013-2014 (Grant Amount: $1,290,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiative Award: Technical Assistance and Direction for New Jersey Health Initiatives

2008-2011 (Grant Amount: $350,000)
Atkins, R. (Principal Investigator) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Award: Adolescents as Health Agents and Consumers: The Knowledge, Behavior, Attitudes, and Experiences of Youth living in High-Poverty Urban Neighborhoods

Honors and Distinctions 

2013 — Fellow American Academy of Nursing

2009 — Greater Camden Partnership Hometown Hero Award

2009 — Camden Star Awards Recipient

2008 — Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Award

2008 — Graduate Teaching Award-College of Nursing

2008 — Hurdis Griffith Research Award

2007 — Institute for Nursing: Men in Nursing Calendar nominee

2006 — Concerned Black Nurses of Newark Outstanding Achievement in Research Award

2006 — Philadelphia 76ers Hometown Hero Award

2006 — Campbell Soup Foundation: Hometown Heroes Award

2006 — Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame Inductee

2006 — Community Planning and Advocacy Council Anna M. Sample Community Advocacy Award

Certifications 
RN