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Joseph B. Richardson

Professor of African American studies, University of Maryland

Dr. Richardson received his PhD 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 training fellowship at the University of Chicago and a 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 was recently awarded a Joint Appointment in the Department of Anthropology (Anthropology of Health).

Dr. Richardson's research focuses on four specific areas: 1) 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 a criminologist 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 three 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. This study is being conducted at the University of Maryland Medical System R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center (Baltimore) and the Prince George's Hospital Trauma Center.


  • –present
    Professor of African American studies, University of Maryland