Joseph Richardson joined the African-American Studies faculty in August 2006.

Dr. Richardson received his PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University-School of Criminal Justice and his bachelor's degree in African and African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. He completed a Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Chicago and an NIMH funded clinical post-doctoral research training fellowship in Substance Use, Mental Health and HIV/AIDS in Correctional Healthcare at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson has a Joint Appointment in the Department of Anthropology (Anthropology of Health) and a Secondary Appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson is the Joel and Kim Feller Endowed Professor. This endowment supports his research on gun violence.

Dr. Richardson's research focuses on four specific areas: 1) Gun Violence and the Bio-psychosocial Model; 2) Violence, violent injury and trauma among Black boys and young Black men; 3) Incarceration as a social determinant of health; 4) Parenting strategies for low-income Black male youth. As a trained as a criminologist and medical anthropologist. Dr. Richardson uses an inter-disciplinary, intersectional and longitudinal qualitative research approach. He is specifically interested in understanding the ways that the healthcare and criminal justice systems intersect and impact male survivors of violence. Dr. Richardson is the Executive Director of the Translational Research and Applied Violence Intervention Lab (TRAVAIL). This lab uses a multidisciplinary approach integrating behavioral and social science, medicine, public health, social work, law, engineering and the humanities to understand gun violence, its causes and collateral consequences, that will inform the development of innovative interventions to reduce gun violence and save lives.

As the former Director of the Violence Intervention Research Project (VIRP), Dr. Richardson's research on violence and violent injury informed the development of the Capital Region Violence Intervention Program (CAP-VIP) a hospital-based violence intervention program at the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center. Dr. Richardson served as the Co-Founder, Co-Director, Program and Research Director of the CAP-VIP from 2017-2019. CAP-VIP is the second hospital-based violence intervention program in Maryland and a member of the National Network of Hospital Violence Intervention Programs.

He is currently the Principal Investigator for the UMB Center for Injury Prevention and Policy and the Violence Intervention Program (Baltimore), a hospital-based violence intervention program at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Richardson is leading violence research studies to understand the effectiveness of hospital-based violence intervention programs in reducing trauma and criminal recidivism. Through funding support from the Center for Victim Research  Researcher 2 Practitioner Fellowship, Dr. Richardson is producing a documentary titled Life After the Gunshot which explores the intersection of the healthcare and criminal justice systems among male survivors of nonfatal firearm violence.

In 2018, Dr. Richardson was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as an Advisory Board Member for the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention of Maryland.

As a Faculty Affiliate for the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Richardson serves as Co-Investigator for the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) and Director of the NDEWS Hot Spot Rapid Response Team. NDEWS received a $3 million dollar grant from NIDA to study emerging drug use and trends in the US. His selected research publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Urban Health, Journal of Surgical Research, Violence and Victims, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development. He has produced an award nominated short documentary 'Bullets Without Names' which chronicles the experiences of a young Black male survivor of a violent firearm-related injury. He has been featured in several media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), The Huffington Post, the Conversation, the Baltimore Afro, the Trace, Russia Today (RT), CBC Radio (Canada), Press TV (Iran), Global Times (China), NBC News (Washington DC), In Social Work Podcast Series at SUNY-Buffalo, and the Black Boys & Men Changing the Narrative Podcast Series at the New York University McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Dr. Richardson is a former Research Scientist and Member of the Institutional Review Board for the Friends Research Institute in Baltimore. He is an advisory Board Member for Project Change: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence, DC Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants. He is also a former Board Member for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 

On his spare time, Dr. Richardson is the Producer & Host of the Working Class Intellectuals Podcast. He is a Boxing and Non Classical Gung Fu enthusiast and an aspiring vintner.


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My research philosophy is multi-disciplinary. I integrate criminology, sociology, medical anthropology, public health and emergency medicine to examine the intersection of race, class, gender, age and health risk behaviors among low-income young Black men. My primary theoretical frameworks are structural violence and social capital. I use longitudinal qualitative research methods and social network analysis as my research approach to understanding social phenomena.

Dr. Joseph Richardson
1141 Taliaferro Hall
African American Studies Department
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