Timothy M. Bray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Sociology, and Geographic Information Sciences
School of Social Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas

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Brief Biography

Dr. Bray received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is now on faculty at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Bray served as an Assistant Bureau Chief with the Illinois State Police, where he headed the strategic and operational research units. Upon leaving the State Police, Dr. Bray was awarded the Achievement Medal for his innovative approach to solving contemporary and traditional policing issues.

Prior to graduating, Dr. Bray served for three years as a pre-doctoral fellow with the National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR). While with NCOVR, he was associated with the time and space working group, where he was exposed to techniques for modeling the geographic and temporal distribution of violent crime. Before heading the research operations for the Illinois State Police, Dr. Bray worked in areas of strategic planning and performance measurement, then in an advisory capacity to the departmentís Deputy Director for the Information and Technology Command. In addition to state police experience, Dr. Bray has worked in city and county agencies.

Dr. Bray's current research focuses on the development and application of hierarchical models to explain variation in neighborhood levels of lethal violence, including assessing and controlling for spatial dependence in the data. In addition, Dr. Brayís interests lie in the nuances of organizational cooperation and communication in the public safety community, especially in the improvements to inter-agency operations brought by the application of innovations in management and technology.

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School of Social Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
P.O. Box 830688, M/S GR 31
Richardson, TX 75083-0688


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