Ricardo J. Wray, Ph.D.

Chair; Professor
Behavioral Science and Health Education

Interim Department Chair
Environmental and Occupational Health

Courses Taught

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

Research Interests

Health communication; health literacy; and health information.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Community Work

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.