Rajeev Ramchand

Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in economics, University of Chicago

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Rajeev Ramchand is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses the prevalence, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in adolescents, service members and veterans, and minority populations. He has specific interest in the epidemiology of suicide and its prevention, and was lead author of The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military (2011: RAND). He is interested in applying novel approaches in the collection and analysis of survey data and formerly served as associate director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research. Ramchand co-led RAND's 2014 study on military caregivers, Hidden Heroes; he is currently working on studies examining disparities in mental health conditions among minority subgroups in the U.S. military and evaluating the types and quality of services provided on suicide crisis hotlines in California. His research has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, AIDS and Behavior, The Journal of Trauma, and Journal of Traumatic Stress. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of current efforts to prevent suicide among U.S. servicemembers
  • Case-mix adjustment for evaluating substance abuse treatment programs
  • Behavioral health outcomes among military and civilian personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • HIV risk behaviors among gay and bisexual men

Selected Publications

Ramchand R, MacDonald J, Haviland A, Morral AR, "A developmental approach for measuring the severity of crimes," Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 25(2):129-153, 2009

Ramchand R, Morral AR, Becker K, "Seven-year life outcomes of adolescent offenders in Los Angeles," American Journal of Public Health, 99(5):863-870, 2009

Ramchand R, Griffin BA, Harris KM, McCaffrey D, Morral AR, "A prospective investigation of suicide ideation, attempts, and use of mental health service among adolescents in substance abuse treatment," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22(4):524-532, 2008

Ramchand R, Marshall GN, Schell T, Jaycox LH, "Posttraumatic distress and physical functioning: a longitudinal study of injured survivors of community violence," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(4):668-676, 2008


  • Young man with hands clasped together

    Is America's Crisis 'System' in Crisis?

    The United States has made life-saving progress on crisis support for veterans. Now other suicide prevention services need help. Progress made by the VA could provide a blueprint for improving suicide prevention services for all Americans.

    Jul 17, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

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    Veterans Day 2015: Three Priorities for Preventing Veteran Suicide (And It's Not All on the VA!)

    The suicide rate among veterans is three times that of nonveterans. Additional research and policy intervention in three important areas could help ensure that fewer veterans die at their own hands.

    Nov 11, 2015 The RAND Blog

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    Helping the Most Vulnerable: Q&A with Rajeev Ramchand

    Rajeev Ramchand discusses drug abuse, suicide, and how research can make a difference for society's most vulnerable.

    Oct 26, 2015

  • The Midnight Mission shelter on skid row before a Veterans Day observance for homeless veterans in Los Angeles, California, November 11, 2013

    Veterans Battle Mental Health Issues After Iraq and Afghanistan

    Researchers have made great progress capturing the consequences of coping with injuries sustained in the theater of war, but the emerging picture is shadowed in grays. A series of recent findings presents a bleak portrait of the cost of modern war to service members, their families, and their health care providers.

    Jun 4, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

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    Four Ways to Help Military Caregivers

    As momentum continues to build, stakeholders across the board should keep in mind four broad recommendations for how to help military caregivers.

    Apr 15, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    A World Without America's Military Caregivers

    A world without military caregivers would be a harsher one for all, particularly for those who have served. Military caregivers' sacrifices improve the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, more of whom would suffer without them.

    Mar 31, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Spotlight on America's Hidden Heroes: Military Caregivers

    Despite military caregivers' vital contributions, little is known about their numbers, the burden of caregiving that they shoulder, or the resources that exist to support them. To shed light on these "hidden heroes,” a RAND team conducted the largest, most comprehensive study to date of military caregivers.

    Mar 24, 2014

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    They Also Serve: Understanding the Needs of Military Caregivers

    Military families play a critical role in supporting U.S. servicemembers during deployment and afterwards. Equally vital but often less visible is the role played by those who care for the servicemembers who return with disabling injuries or illnesses and require long-term support beyond what the formal health care system provides.

    Nov 18, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    Research Is a Fundamental Component of Suicide Prevention

    While our research has taught us many things about suicide prevention we think additional research is critically needed in two areas, writes Rajeev Ramchand. The first is gun control. The second area is the quality of behavioral health care available to those who need it.

    May 24, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    A National Strategy for Supporting Military Caregivers

    The act of caring for a veteran takes a physical, mental, and economic toll on caregivers and their families. Giving caregivers the skills and resources they need to cope and thrive should be as much a priority as giving veterans medical care.

    Mar 7, 2013 The RAND Blog

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    Teen Employment May Not Always Be a Boon for At-Risk Youth

    For all teens, and especially those who have already experienced problems related to alcohol and drug use, it is essential to monitor the quality of work experiences and keep in mind that some work environments might increase risk for substance use.

    Dec 18, 2012

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    Supporting Families Affected by Military Suicide Should Be a Priority for All

    While many of these families fight for honor and respect from the DoD or support from the VA, the comfort that they need will not be provided by either institution, nor should it be. Rather, it is up to us—as their neighbors, coworkers, teachers, and students—to shower these families with the love and support they need and deserve, writes Rajeev Ramchand.

    Nov 29, 2012 RAND.org

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    Parents: That Summer Job Could Be Teaching Your Youngster to Smoke

    Workplaces across the world that rely on a teenage workforce, like supermarkets and fast food restaurants, need to do a better job protecting young people from starting to smoke, writes Rajeev Ramchand.

    Aug 30, 2012 The RAND Blog

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    Preventing Military Suicides Is a Nationwide Effort

    The military is experiencing a higher number of suicides than it has ever experienced at this time before. RAND research has a number of recommendations to prevent suicide among military personnel based.

    Jun 14, 2012 The RAND Blog

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    In Memoriam

    Not only would the delivery of quality behavioral care prevent suicides, but it would also aid in the recovery of the nearly 20 percent of service members with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, writes Rajeev Ramchand.

    May 28, 2011 Newsday