Research Interests: Health Communication, Health Literacy, Health Information
Courses: Health Communication
Education History: PhD, Communication, University of Pennsylvania
SLU faculty since: 2002
Ricardo J. Wray, PhD, MS has dedicated his career to the study of how communication processes can promote informed choices and healthy behaviors, support the diffusion and adoption of innovative evidence-based practices by organizations, and enhance population health. As Associate Dean, Dr. Wray supports faculty, staff and students in the development and management of externally funded grants and contracts.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Wray has contributed to the design, implementation and evaluation of health communication programs promoting reproductive health, emergency preparedness, and the prevention of violence, cancer, and chronic and infectious disease.
His research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Immunization Program, the Office of Smoking and Health and the Emergency Communication Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Missouri Foundation for Health, and other sources. In recent years he has taught Health Communication, Applying Theory in Research and Practice, and Intervention Research.