Rajeev Ramchand

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Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
Washington Office

Education

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

Media Resources

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Overview

Rajeev Ramchand is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on four areas: (1) psychosocial risk factors for adolescent delinquency (e.g., substance use, criminal offending); (2) consequences of substance use from both criminal justice and treatment perspectives; (3) the epidemiology of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring conditions; and (4) the mental health of servicemembers, particularly those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent research includes an investigation of the link between adolescent part-time work and its association with substance using behaviors; a study on case-mix adjustment for evaluating substance abuse treatment programs; an evaluation of current efforts to prevent suicide among U.S. servicemembers; and a review of epidemiologic methods used to estimate the prevalence of PTSD among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Ramchand is proficient in and often employs advanced epidemiologic and biostatistical methods, including causal modeling and psychometric analysis (e.g., latent variable and structural equation models). He is a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the American Association of Suicidology, and the American Public Health Association. In other work, Ramchand has investigated access to and the provision of optimal health care among vulnerable populations, particularly immigrants and sexual minorities. Ramchand 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

Commentary

  • Army husband and wife

    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

  • wife welcoming soldier home on Army leave

    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

  • soldier hugging friend

    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

  • a man in a wheelchair with his wife and caregiver

    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

  • tags and American flag

    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

  • man in wheelchair with caregiver

    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 | RAND.org

  • young woman smoking and drinking coffee

    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

  • couple consoling each other in front of Christmas tree

    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

  • girls smoking

    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 | RAND.org

  • 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 | RAND.org

  • 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 29, 2011 | Newsday

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