Phillip W. Graham

Senior Director, Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science

Dr. Phillip Graham


  • DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Phillip W. Graham is senior director of RTI's Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting community-based research and evaluation, with researching focusing on evaluating preventive interventions developed to reduce and prevent adolescent interpersonal violence and substance use.

Dr. Graham currently serves as the project director on several national cross-site evaluations assessing community efforts to reduce underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana use, and opioid deaths. He has also investigated the effects of witnessing community violence on perpetration, the development of ethnic identity among African American male adolescents as a protective factor, and the impact of comprehensive school-based interventions and services to promote healthy child development. Other research efforts have included examining the relationship between social capital and community violence; developing an evaluation toolkit to measure collective impact, and collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to understand how community social cohesion impacts the development of a shared value of health. His methodological focus includes the use of mixed-methods approaches and his research emphasizes the importance of culture, community context, systems change, and place-based strategies.

He is a former board member of the Society for Prevention Research and a current founding board member for the National Prevention Science Coalition. 

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