Assistant Professor Christopher St. Vil receives $50,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Published September 1, 2017

Christopher St. Vil

Christopher St. Vil.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Christopher St. Vil on receiving a $50,000 Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

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."