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Rajeev Ramchand

Rajeev Ramchand

Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Eradicate Hate:
2021, 2022, 2023

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.

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The Summit was more than empty words – it made clear that a solution-driven approach is the only way to fight hate. That’s why the working group activities, which are results driven are going to be critical in defeating violent extremism. The Summit brought together the best minds in government, private sector, academia, and civil society. Being surrounded by these experts sparked new ideas – some of which I’ve already implemented or have written about.

Jason Blazakis
Jason Blazakis Professor of Practice and Director of Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS)