Robert M. Bray

Chief Scientist

Robert Bray


  • PhD, Social Psychology, University of Illinois
  • MS, Psychology, Brigham Young University
  • AB, Psychology, Brigham Young University.

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Robert M. Bray is a chief scientist at RTI International and a fellow of the American Psychological Association with more than 30 years of experience directing complex surveys, analyses, and intervention studies. His research interests focus on substance use, mental health, and other health behaviors with an emphasis on understanding the prevalence, causes, correlates, and consequences of these behaviors and on interventions to reduce problems.

Dr. Bray has been the project director/principal investigator for a variety of large-scale surveys and interventions in military and civilian populations. These include nine worldwide Department of Defense surveys of military personnel that provide the most comprehensive data on substance use, mental health, and other health behaviors in the active-duty military. He is the lead author for a recent book based on these findings.  Throughout his career, he has managed diverse, multidisciplinary teams consisting of psychologists, sociologists, statisticians, economists, policy analysts, and service providers in conducting this research.