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Brad Ray

Senior Justice and Behavioral Health Researcher


PhD, Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University
MA, Sociology, DePaul University
BS, Sociology, Northern Michigan University


Brad Ray is a Senior Justice and Behavioral Health Researcher who has expertise in multiple methodologies including record-linkage among sizeable administrative data sets, randomized controlled trials development within criminal-legal systems, and qualitative and survey research with difficult-to-reach populations. His current work includes ethnographic interviews with persons who use drugs to understand the iatrogenic effect of law enforcement disruptions to the illicit drug market, a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also leads a randomized controlled trial of a police-mental health co-response unit, a study funded by Arnold Ventures, and previously developed peer-recovery support models for returning citizens, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His most recent project is part of the NIH HEAL data-to-action program and involves creating real-time dashboards that identify touchpoints, along with training, for overdose fatality review teams.

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