"Endearing Black male-female relationships are important to the health of black communities. My research aims to understand the current state of these relationships and develop interventions to strengthen them. I dream of a day where healthy Black male-female relationships are the norm, not an anomaly."
Interpersonal violence; black male-female relationships; man-sharing
Noelle M. St.Vil, assistant professor, joined the UB School of Social Work faculty in 2015. She received her doctorate in social work and minor in women’s studies from Howard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on violence in the family at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
St. Vil’s research focuses on black male-female relationships, including intimate partner violence, man sharing, and other dating and marital issues. Utilizing the National Survey of American Life (NSAL), her dissertation study investigated the relationship between the social networks of Black married couples and marital satisfaction. Additional research endeavors include a comparison analysis of intimate partner violence among Black women in Baltimore and the U.S. Virgin Islands; reproductive coercion and safe sex; and an exploration of long-term marriage among African American, African Caribbean immigrant and African immigrant couples. In addition to publishing in these areas, she has worked as the project coordinator on several grant-funded projects pertaining to violence against women and healthy relationships.