John Wallace Professor, School of Social Work, Katz School of Business, and Department of Sociology, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences



2301 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


John M. Wallace Jr. earned his PhD and master’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and his BA in sociology from the University of Chicago.

He is the principal investigator on the University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems’ Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh Project, an integrated program of research, teaching, and service designed to investigate and ameliorate social problems that disproportionately impact economically disadvantaged children, families, and communities. This program includes the Homewood Children's Village. Wallace also is a coinvestigator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s ongoing national study of drug use among American young people, Monitoring the Future. His recent research examines comprehensive community revitalization initiatives, racial and ethnic disparities in social and economic well-being, the impact of crime on clergy and congregations, and adolescent problem behaviors including violence and substance abuse.

Most recently, Wallace has been awarded a three year grant from the National Institute on Health (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities). The grant, Healthy Living, Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives (HL3) Project equitably engages community and academic partners in an effort to investigate, ameliorate and ultimately eliminate, disparities in children’s health, with a particular focus on asthma, its correlates, consequences and co-morbidities. The project aims to strengthen and expand the health focus of an existing community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership; to use the HL3 CBPR partnership to plan and implement a multi-level (individual, family, school, neighborhood, policy) community assessment; and to use the results of the community assessment to plan a multi-level pilot CBPR intervention.

His work has appeared in numerous professional journals, books and monographs. In addition to being a professor and a father, he pastors a church in Pittsburgh’s Homewood-Brushton neighborhood.

Research Interests

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Adolescent Problem Behaviors (e.g., substance use, violence, precocious sex, school dropout)
  • Comprehensive Community Initiatives
  • Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Community Revitalization
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Selected Funded Grants

  • Principal Investigator: John Wallace, Youth Crime Prevention Council Environmental Scan of Programs that Address Youth Violence in Selected Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Neighborhoods, Funder: The United Way
  • Principal Investigator: John Wallace, Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh, Funder: University of Pittsburgh
  • Co-Investigator: John Wallace (Prinicpal Investigator: Lloyd D. Johnston, University of Michigan), Drug Use and Lifestyles of American Youth, Funder: National Institute of Drug Abuse (University of Michigan)

Selected Publications

Wallace, J.M., Jr., Goodkind, S.G., Wallace, C.M., Bachman, J. (In Press). Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in School Discipline among American High School Students: 1991-2005. Negro Educational Review

Wallace, Jr., J.M., Delva, J, O’Malley, P.M., Bachman, J.G., Lloyd D. Johnston, L.D. and Schulenberg, J.E., Stewart, C. (2008). Race/Ethnicity, Religiosity and Adolescent Alcohol, Cigarette, and Marijuana Use. Social Work and Public Health.

Wallace, J.M. Jr., Yamaguchi, R., Bachman, J.G., O’Malley, P.M., Schulenberg, J.S., and Johnston, L.D. (2007). Religiosity and Adolescent Substance Use: The Role of Individual and Contextual Influences. Social Problems 54(2):308-327.

Vaughn, M. G., Wallace, J.M., Jr., Davis, L.E., Fernandes, G. & Howard, M.O. (2007). Variations in Mental Health Problems, Substance Use and Delinquency among African-American and Caucasian Juvenile Offenders: Implications for Reentry Services. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 10(10):1-20.

Delva, J., Wallace, Jr., J.M., O’Malley, P.M., Bachman, J.G., Lloyd D. Johnston, L.D. and Schulenberg, J.E. (2005). The Epidemiology of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Cocaine Use Among Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American, and Other Latin American Eighth-Grade Students in the United States: 1991–2002. American Journal of Public Health 95 (4): 696-702.

Wallace, Jr., J.M., Blackwell, E., Mayers, V. (2008). The Impact of Crime on Clergy and Congregations.

Wallace, Jr., J.M., Neloms, K.D., Burt, K.O., Andrews, L.T. (2008). The Skillman Foundation A Call to Service (ACTS) Faith-Based Initiative Final Evaluation Report.