Dr. Joseph Richardson's research on trauma recidivism among black males in Baltimore is featured on BSOS home page and UMD’s news sharing site UMD Right Now. Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor with the African American Studies Department.
Dr. Richardson's research focuses on four specific areas: 1) Gun violence and trauma; 2) Incarceration as a social determinant of health; 3) The Black male life course and health risk behaviors; 4) Parenting strategies for low-income Black male youth. He is trained as an urban ethnographer and medical anthropologist. Dr. Richardson is the Director of the Violence Intervention Research Project at Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center, the busiest Level II trauma center in the US. He is Principal Investigator on two longitudinal qualitative research studies. The first study examines the risk factors for repeat violent injury, linkages/barriers to care and HIV risk related behaviors among young Black men treated by Prince George's Hospital for violent injury (i.e., gunshot wound, stabbing or assault). The second study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the role and function of the Affordable Care Act Navigator, specifically, their experiences enrolling victims of violent injury into health insurance coverage.