Rajeev Ramchand

Rajeev Ramchand
Codirector, RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute; Senior Behavioral 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 (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, Rajeev, Lisa H. Jaycox, and Patricia A. Ebener, Suicide Prevention Hotlines in California: Diversity in Services, Structure, and Organization and the Potential Challenges Ahead, RAND Corporation (RR-1497-CMHSA), 2016

Schwartz, Heather L., Rajeev Ramchand, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Sean Grant, Brian A. Jackson, Kristin J. Leuschner, Mauri Matsuda, and Jessica Saunders, The Role of Technology in Improving K–12 School Safety, RAND Corporation (RR-1488), 2016

Ramchand, Rajeev, Terri Tanielian, Michael P. Fisher, Christine Anne Vaughan, Thomas E. Trail, Caroline Batka, Phoenix Voorhies, Michael W. Robbins, Eric Robinson, and Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers, RAND Corporation (RR-499-TEDF), 2014

Ramchand, Rajeev, Joie D. Acosta, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa H. Jaycox, and Christopher G. Pernin, The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, 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; Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; Military Times; National Public Radio; Reddit; WebTalkRadio; WFAE-FM Online; When I'm 64, Stanford University Center on Longevity