Ricardo J. Wray, Ph.D.
Behavioral Science and Health Education
Interim Department Chair
Environmental and Occupational Health
Science, Theory and Public Health
Ph.D., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Communication, Cornell University
B.A. with Honors, International Development Studies, Brown University
Health communication; health literacy; and health information.
Publications and Media Placements
- Knoblock-Hahn A, Wray RJ, LeRouge C. Perceptions of adolescents with overweight and
obesity for the development of user-centered design self-management tools within the
context of the Chronic Care Model: A qualitative study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016 Jun;116(6):957-67. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2015.08.022.
- Adsul P, Wray RJ, Boyd D, Weaver N and Siddiqui. S. Perceptions of urologists about the conversational elements leading to treatment decision making among newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 2016, 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-016-1025-2. Epub ahead of print, April 3, 2016.
Honors and Awards
- Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
- Health Literacy Missouri Trailblazer Award (2014)
Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Public Health Association
- International Communication Association
For more than a decade, Wray has worked with community organizations made up primarily of African-American cancer survivors to better understand and enhance community-based outreach and education to promote cancer prevention and address disparities. He is a member of The Empowerment Network Physician Partnership Group.