Rajeev Ramchand

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Codirector, RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute; Senior Behavioral Scientist
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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 (he/him) is codirector of the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute and a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He studies the prevalence, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders in adolescents, service members and veterans, and minority populations. He has conducted many studies on suicide and suicide prevention including environmental scans of suicide prevention programs, epidemiologic studies on risk factors for suicide, and evaluations of suicide prevention programs, and has developed tools to help organizations to evaluate their own programs. He has testified on suicide prevention before the United States Senate and California State Senate. Other current areas of research include military and veteran caregivers (he has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on military caregivers); the role of firearm availability, storage, and policies on suicide; and the impact of disasters on community health. He received his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Recent Projects

  • Case-mix adjustment for evaluating substance abuse treatment programs
  • Behavioral health outcomes among military and civilian personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Fostering community resilience in U.S. Gulf States communities
  • Systematic reviews of literature on gun policy in the U.S.

Selected Publications

Ramchand R, Franklin E, Thornton E, Deland S, Rouse JC, "Opportunities to Intervene? “Warning Signs” for Suicide in the Days before Dying," Death Studies, 2017

Ramchand R, Ayer L, Kotzias V, Engel C, Predmore Z, Ebener P, Kemp J, Karras E, Haas G, "Suicide Risk among Female Veterans in Distress: Perspectives of Responders on the Veterans Crisis Line," Women's Health Inssues, 26, 2016

Ramchand R, Jaycox LH, Ebener P, Barnes-Proby D, Gilbert ML, Goutam P, "Characteristics and Proximal Outcomes of Calls Made to Suicide Crisis Hotlines in California: Variability across Centers," Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

Ramchand R, Jaycox LH, Ebener PA, Suicide Prevention Hotlines in California: Diversity in Services, Structure, and Organization and the Potential Challenges Ahead, RAND Corporation (RR-1497-CMHSA), 2016

Schwartz HL, Ramchand R, Barnes-Proby D, Grant S, Jackson BA, Leuschner KJ, Matsuda M, Saunders J., The Role of Technology in Improving K-12 School Safety, RAND Corporation (RR-1488), 2016

Ramchand R, Tanielian T, Fisher MP, Vaughan, CA, Trail TE, Epley C, Voorhies P, Robbins M, Robinson E, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers, RAND Corporation (RR-499-TEDF), 2014

Ramchand R, Acosta J, Burns R, Jaycox L, Pernin C., The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the US Military (MG-953-OSD)., RAND Corporation (MG-953), 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Merit Award, RAND Corporation
  • Gold Merit Award, RAND Corporation
  • The Harold and Sylvia Halpert Endowment Fund, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: CBS Radio; Military Times; National Public Radio; Reddit; WebTalkRadio; WFAE-FM Online; When I'm 64, Stanford University Center on Longevity


  • Fort Leonard Wood senior leaders take part in training as part of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence extremism stand-down in March 2021, photo by Tiffany Wood/U.S. Army

    Help, Not Just Hunt, Violent Extremists in the Military

    The Pentagon is working to rid itself of violent extremist members. In addition to strengthening the chain of command to detect and remove extremist members from its ranks, the military could also empower military family members to intervene.

    Aug 5, 2021 RealClearDefense

  • Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place American flags at headstones ahead of Memorial Day in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 21, 2020, photo by Elizabeth Fraser/U.S. Army

    A Memorial Day Like No Other

    Although Memorial Day is and should be dedicated to our fallen military personnel and veterans, this year, especially, we are reminded that service to the country comes in many forms.

    May 27, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Aerial photo of the 12-building Department of Veterans Affairs replacement medical center under construction in Aurora, Colorado, photo courtesy of Kiewit Turner

    Infrastructure Investment for Veterans

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides health care to over 9 million veterans through its network of medical facilities. Improved infrastructure could help attract veterans to care, boost provider morale, and ensure high-quality care.

    May 4, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A member of the white nationalist type group National Socialist Movement attends a rally at the state capital in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 10, 2018, photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

    Human Intelligence: The Key to Ferreting Out Extremism in the Ranks

    The U.S. military is fighting extremism—including white supremacists and violent anti-government radicals—in its own ranks. De-radicalized former extremists can provide crucial first-hand intelligence on extremist groups' recruiting tactics.

    Mar 18, 2021 Defense One

  • A woman uses a cell phone on downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, March 6, 2013, photo  by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Access to Mobile Technology Could Help to Alleviate LA's Homelessness Crisis

    The vast majority of people experiencing homelessness have cell phones, which often serve as their lifelines. Providing technological supports, such as Wi-Fi access and opportunities to charge devices, could result in better access to social services and, ultimately, better quality of life and outcomes.

    Sep 16, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Man sitting with head in hands on a bed in a dark bedroom

    Comparing Suicide Rates: Making an Apples to Apples Comparison

    As the national suicide rate continues to rise, an increasing number of stakeholders are looking within their own communities and asking: “Do we have a suicide problem?” It's a difficult question to answer.

    Apr 2, 2018 The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention

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    How Can the U.S. Do a Better Job of Keeping Kids Safe at School?

    Many proposals to improve school safety promote the use of technology, such as metal detectors and video cameras. How effective are these devices? The evidence is mixed.

    Mar 26, 2018 Fox News Channel

  • A person's hand writing a checklist

    Checklist of Best Practices Developed to Guide Development of Suicide Prevention Campaigns

    Is your crisis line’s suicide-prevention communications effort working well enough? What should you be doing differently? Some help is available through a checklist published earlier this year.

    Oct 25, 2017 Lifeline Network

  • 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

  • An honor detail at a military funeral

    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

  • Rajeev Ramchand

    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

  • 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

    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

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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

  • 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 The RAND Blog

  • 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

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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 The RAND Blog

  • 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 The RAND Blog

  • Marine calling a counseling hotline

    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

  • Behavioral health officer

    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