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Joseph Richardson Ph.D.

Joseph Richardson, Ph.D.


African American and Africana Studies
1137 Taliaferro
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-1163


  1. Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, 2003
  2. M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, 1992
  3. B.A., African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia, 1990


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. In 2019, Dr. Richardson was named Joel and Kim Feller Professor in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

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.