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Ricardo J. Wray, Ph.D.

Professor; Behavioral Science and Health Education
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Department Chair
Behavioral Science and Health Education

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; 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 and Service

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.