Brad Ray joined SPEA and the Public Policy Institute in 2012 after completing a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University. His research focuses on mental health and substance use, particularly where these populations connect with treatment in criminal justice systems. He uses a mixed-methods approach to examine interventions aimed at diverting these populations away from potentially negative health outcomes. Much of his recent work has focused on overdose prevention and improving problem-solving court outcomes. Dr. Ray has managed state and federal grants and recently received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to design, implement, and evaluate a program for felony offenders with substance use disorder.


  • National Institutes of Drug Abuse R34, to develop SUPPORT, a community-driven, recovery-oriented treatment program for returning inmates (2016)
  • Trustees’ Teaching Award, awarded for outstanding teaching activities with IUPUI undergraduate students (2016)
  • Graduate Student Mentoring Award, awarded for outstanding mentorship with graduate students, North Carolina State University (2010)