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Robert L. Atkins

Associate Professor of Childhood Studies and Nursing
Robert L. Atkins


Atkins’s research addresses theory and practice for improving the life chances of children and youth living in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. He is co-founder of Rutgers–Camden’s STARR (Sports Teaching Adolescents Responsibility and Resiliency) program, which promotes healthy development among Camden’s youth through civic engagement and sports. He currently serves the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as national program director of its New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) program

Area of Expertise:

  • Health and well-being of children and adolescents living in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods