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Ramesh Raghavan

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

MB, BS, Stanley Medical College, Madras, India; MD, Manipal University India; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Raghavan conducts research on access to, and quality of, mental health services among vulnerable child populations.


Ramesh Raghavan is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Social Work. He is also a member of the core faculty of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Dr. Raghavan conducts mental health services research on the needs of vulnerable children, with a specific interest in children in the child welfare system. Dr. Raghavan has conducted studies on Medicaid managed care (funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]), and on the effects of health insurance instability on mental health service use (funded by the Administration for Children and Families). He has conducted several studies on quality of care, including on the use of public finance mechanisms to promote quality of mental health services (funded by the NIMH), racial/ethnic disparities in Medicaid-funded mental health expenditures for children with histories of maltreatment (funded by NIMH), and on the development of novel risk adjustment mechanisms to better insure the mental health needs of children with emotional disorders (funded by AHRQ).

Dr. Raghavan is the former chair of NIMH’s Mental Health Services Research review committee (SERV), and currently serves on the editorial boards of Child Maltreatment, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. In early 2015, he served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services, working primarily on the Obama Administration’s psychotropic medication use and childhood trauma initiatives.

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