Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence

Welcome to Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence

(formerly the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention)


Launched in April of 2001, the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence at Saint Joseph's University brings together an interdisciplinary approach to the study of violence in order to improve intervention and prevention efforts. The Richard Johnson Center seeks to foster partnerships with other Philadelphia and regional institutions, community groups and non-profit organizations with the goal of combining comprehensive research into all aspects of violent behavior with feasible programs to reduce and prevent violence. It is guided by an Advisory Board made up of scholars, practitioners and community representatives that assist in coordinating research and prevention programs undertaken at the Richard Johnson Center. Funding for the Center and its projects has come from the following generous sources:  the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on the Transition to Adulthood, the William T. Grant Foundation, private donors, the Department of Justice, the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant , the Bureau of Justice Administration, and Saint Joseph's University.

The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence is situated on the Saint Joseph's University's James J. Maguire '58 Campus, in Merion Hall, suites 320 and 330.

Recent coverage of the Richard Johnson Center!

Director Maria Kefalas spoke to CNN's Susan Candiotti about flash mobs

"Philadelphia Teen Mobs: Why Aren't Young People Being Included in the Conversation? By Maria Kefalas and Patrick Carr featured in the Huffington Post

"To Snitch or Not to Snitch" by Maria Kefalas, Patrick Carr and Susan Clampet-Lundquist featured in Contexts Magazine.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Dan Rubin interviews PYSP director on the concept of "stop snitching" and what it means for Philadelphia. 

PYSP Director on WHYY Radio Times: The effects of violence on youth in Philadelphia.

PYSP and Multi-Cultural Academy on Fox 29!

"A Viral Approach to Ending Violent Relationships" by Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan Rubin.

PYSP researchers discuss "Rules for Snitching" in an article featured in The Root.