Richardson, Jeanita W., Ph.D., M.Ed.


Jeanita W. Richardson is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a Center for Global Health Distinguished Scholar, a Provost award.

She is a Co-PI of a five-year NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities training grant designed to reduce global rural health disparities in St. Kitts and Nevis, Uganda and South Africa. A dynamic global partnership between the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health (MOH) has been nurtured through her International Studies Office PHS classes and collaborative research endeavors grounded in MOH chronic disease prevention priorities, specifically childhood asthma and type 2 diabetes prevention.

Dr. Richardson is recognized nationally for her expertise in designing effective strategies to enhance the health of children through public health partnerships with schools. Her edited book, School-based Health Care: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health, has been recognized by the American Public Health Association as the first volume of its kind.

She initiated the UVA Masters in Public Health PATHWAYS program, designed to identify and mentor highly qualified under-represented students of color in the health sciences, through funding from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and a Commonwealth of Virginia Public Health Training Grant. The program mentors individuals for careers in public health in an effort to address prevailing disparities; meaningfully engage idiosyncratic communities around health promotion; and, promote shifts in workforce composition.

Her experience in community engagement leadership and research mentorship make her a highly sought after resource for culturally respectful research practices within and outside UVA.

Her scholarship highlights the nexus between health and learning readiness in children and the role of culturally respectful approaches to research. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of School Health, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Public Health Reports, the Journal of Children and Poverty, the West Indies Medical Journal, the International Journal of Educational Reform, Widening Participation in Lifelong Learning, Education and Urban Society and the Journal of Negro Education.  Books to her credit include School-based Healthcare: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health, The Full-Service Community School Movement: Lessons from the James Adams Community School, The Cost of Being Poor, and Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty.

Her Ph.D. in educational policy with a concentration in special interest group politics was earned from the University of Virginia. In addition to her academic appointments, she has worked as a senior policy and budget analyst for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Center for School Health and Education (APHA), a public school educator, and corporate banker.

P.O. Box 800717
Tel: 1-434-924-8784
Fax: 1-434-924-8437
Health System West Complex, Room 3215

Qualitative and mixed-method approaches to community-based issues. Culturally respectful research implementation in community and global health. Comprehensive health and educational policy analyses.

Research Interests:
Her research highlights the needs of populations society devalues particularly as it pertains to the nexus between the health and learning readiness of children and the role of culturally sensitive approaches to research.

Teaching Responsibilities:

PHS 5815/7815 Social Determinants of Child Health
PHS 7015/5015 Qualitative Methods for Community & Global Health
PHS 7610 Health Promotion & Health Behavior
PHS 8125 Qualitative Data Analysis
PHS 8960 Qualitative Practicum

Other Information:
Other Information: UVA Cancer Center Community Advisory Board on Health Disparities (Board member), Editorial Boards of Open Education Journal, Journal of Negro Education, and Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Other Appointments: Water and Health in Limpopo (South Africa) faculty member and student advisor. – Developer of the cultural orientation for UVA and University of Venda students.

Selected Publications


  1. Wright, T.D. & Richardson, J.W. (eds) (2012) School-based Health Care: Advancing Both Educational Success & Public Health. APHA Press (ISBN: 0-87553-006-2)
  1. Richardson, J.W. (2009) The Full-Service Community School Movement: Lessons from the James Adams Community School. Palgrave MacMillan. (ISBN: 0-230-61848-0)
  1. Yeakey, C.C., Richardson, J.W. & Brooks-Buck, J. (eds) (2006) Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty and Policy. Oxford: Elsevier (ISBN: 0-7623-0831-1).
  1. Richardson, J.W. (2005) The Cost of Being Poor: Poverty, Lead Poisoning and Policy Implementation. Greenwich: Greenwood/Praeger (ISBN: 0-275-96912-6).

Journal Articles:

  1. Yablansky, A., Devers, E., Richardson, J.W.  Hard is Normal: Military Families’ Transitions within the Process of Deployment. Research in Nursing & Health 36: 42-56, 2016.
  1. Bhandari, S, Bullock, L, Richardson, J.W. Kimeto, P, Campbell, J, Sharps, P. Comparison of Abuse Experiences of Rural and Urban African American Women During Perinatal Period. Journal Interpersonal Violence. 30:2087-2108, 2014.
  1. Boissevain, J.,Richardson, J., Netshandama, V, Dillingham, R. The Quest for Ubuntu: Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Partnership. Widening Participation in Lifelong Learning. Stoke-on-Trent, UK. 15: 25-45, 2013.
  1. Wilder, C.M., Swanson, J.W., Bonnie, R.J., Wanchek, T., McLaughlin, L, Richardson, J. A Survey of Stakeholder Knowledge, Experience, and Opinions of Advance Directives for Mental Health in Virginia” Administration and Policy in Mental Health. ISSN: 0894-587X. 2012
  1. Richardson, J.W. & Wright, T.D. co-editors School-based Health Care Policy & Practice. American Journal of Public Health. 100; 2010.
  1. Richardson, J.W. & Wright T.D. Advancing school-based health care policy and practice, American Journal of Public Health. 100:1561, 2010.
  1. Richardson, J.W. & Juszczak, L. Schools as Sites for Health Care Delivery. Public Health Reports. 123: 692-695, 2008.
  1. Guest Editors for special issue on School-based Health Care Richardson, J.W. From Risk to Resilience: Promoting School Health Partnerships for Children The International Journal of Educational Reform 17:19-36, 2008.
  1. Richardson, J.W. Building Bridges Between SBHCs and Schools. Journal of School Health 77:337-343, 2007.

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