Christopher St. Vil.


St. Vil

Associate Professor

"It takes a village to raise a child! My research focuses on how older adolescents influence the decision making and worldview of youth and I seek to develop interventions that promote positive natural mentoring between older adolescents and youth, especially in poor communities."

Contact Information

658 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-9091
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Contact Information

658 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view map)
Phone: 716-645-9091; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • PhD, Social Work, Howard University (2012)
  • MSW, Social Work, Stony Brook University (2002)
  • BSW, Social Work, Buffalo State College (2000)

Professional/Research Interests

Gender; trauma; violence; victimization; substance abuse


Christopher St. Vil joined the UB School of Social Work from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as a research associate and adjunct professor in the Department of African American Studies. St. Vil received his PhD from the Howard University School of Social Work and his MSW from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. St. Vil was previously an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia and Morgan State University, where he taught courses in both social work and criminology.

St. Vil's current research focuses on trauma and the experiences of victims of violent injury. He is a co-investigator on a research study at the Prince George's Hospital Center Trauma Unit in Prince George's County, Maryland, examining violence and trauma among young black male victims of violent injury. His research interests also include masculinities and health, violence and trauma, cross-cohort socialization, idleness, and risk-taking attitudes.

St. Vil is a former GEDI fellow of the American Evaluation Association and is the recipient of the 2014 Educational Opportunity Program Distinguished Alumnus Award from Buffalo State College.