Rajeev Ramchand is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation where he co-directs the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute. He is a nationally recognized expert in research on suicide and suicide prevention and has published on suicide prevention generally, among service members, veterans, and members of law enforcement. He co-authored a toolkit to help organizations evaluate their own suicide prevention programs that he adapted for use by community-based organizations working to counter violent extremism. He has conducted research with family and friends who lost a loved one to suicide, and recently used a similar approach to conduct and compile narratives from former extremists and their family members, culminating in the report “Violent Extremism in America: Interviews with Former Extremists and Their Families on Radicalization and Deradicalization.”He has testified before the California State Senate and before the United States House of Representatives and Senate and was a panelist at the National Academies of Science workshop “Health Approaches in Community-Level Strategies to Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization.” Other current areas of research include military and veteran caregivers, veteran homelessness, the role of firearm availability, storage, and policies on suicide, and the use of novel technologies and approaches to identify emerging epidemics and disease outbreaks. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.