Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christopher St. Vil on
receiving a $50,000 Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s
leading philanthropy on health and health care, has awarded the
University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, Assistant Professor
Dr. Christopher St. Vil a 12-month grant through the New
Connections program. Dr. St. Vil is among a select group of
early career researchers to receive one of the grants from New
Connections. The grant will allow Dr. St. Vil to conduct a systemic
review of the trauma recidivism literature to identify factors
associated with trauma recidivism among different groups and to
develop a narrative synthesis of findings on study designs, methods
and outcomes used to inform such research.
New Connections is a national program designed to introduce new
scholars to RWJF and expand the diversity of perspectives that
inform the foundation’s programming. New Connections seeks
early career scholars from backgrounds that are historically
disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines, such as
individuals from ethnic or racial groups historically
underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college
graduates and people from lower-income communities.
“We are so excited to welcome Dr. St. Vil into the
eleventh cohort of New Connections grantees. The program connects
first-time grantees to the Foundation, and the new perspectives
they bring are essential to solving the critical, complex issues
affecting our nation’s health,” says Catherine Malone,
DBA, MBA, Program Officer at RWJF.
“This cohort joins the larger New Connections network of
more than 900 scholars—a network that provides opportunities
for scholarly support and collaboration for academics from
underrepresented groups,” says Malone.
“I am extremely proud to be among the researchers
honored with this prestigious grant," says Chris."This award will
connect me to a network of established experts in research and
evaluation related to health and health care, while providing me
with an opportunity to conduct a research study that has
far-reaching implications for victims of violent injury."