Rutgers University School of Social Work is pleased to announce that Ramesh Raghavan, MD, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as a Full Professor and Associate Dean for Research, starting in January.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Raghavan join our faculty. His experience in securing and managing federal grants, chairing review groups, mentoring young researchers, and serving as an advisor to federal policy makers makes him the ideal choice as an Associate Dean for Research. We look forward to his leadership as a mentor and colleague, and to the high quality of his own scholarship.” says Cathryn Potter, Ph.D., Dean of Rutgers School of Social Work.
Dr. Raghavan’s research focuses on access to, and quality of, mental health services for vulnerable children, especially those in the child welfare system. The instrumental focus of much of his work on access has been on Medicaid policymaking, and he has examined the effects of Medicaid managed care on mental health service use, the longitudinal stability of health insurance coverage for child welfare-involved children, and insurance discontinuities for children leaving foster care. His work on quality has focused on receipt of mental health care consistent with national standards among children in the child welfare system, geographic variations in mental health services, and policy approaches to supporting implementation of mental health services.
His current work focuses on developing better predictive models of risk of mental health service use among child Medicaid beneficiaries and understanding the determinants of race/ethnic disparities in Medicaid expenditures for child mental health services. A keen translator of research findings to policymaking and vice versa, Dr. Raghavan has served on state and national commissions and advisory bodies, and conducts much of his research with active policymakers as co-investigators. In early 2015, he served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC.
“I’m thrilled to be here,” said Raghavan. “Here at the School, we have visionary leadership, a talented and collegial faculty, and an outstanding infrastructure for research. We are a place where translation of academic insights into policy and practice outside the academy is part of the warp and weft of our scholarly life. I am very much looking forward to assisting our faculty furthering their work, expanding scientific knowledge, and contributing to the wellbeing of all New Jerseyans.”
Dr. Raghavan’s work has received financial support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Administration for Children and Families, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the State of Missouri.
He has taught courses on mental health policy and applied linear modeling, as well as a field-based course in which students learned to implement public health interventions in three south Indian villages.
Dr. Raghavan is a psychiatrist and health services researcher by training. Prior to joining the school, he was an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and was jointly appointed at the Brown School, and in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. He was a Scholar at the University’s Institute of Public Health, and a faculty associate at the Brown School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research, where he also served as principal investigator and training director of the Center’s National Institute of Mental Health-funded T32 training program in mental health services research. His previous appointment was as a Public Health Fellow at the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, and also as policy director for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MD from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India.