Bethany Bray, Ph.D.

Bethany BrayDirector of Dissemination, Software, and Technology Core, The Methodology Center
Associate Professor & Associate Director for Scientific Outreach,
Center for Dissemination and Implementation Science,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Room 302 SRH, M/C 579
818 S Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL, 60612
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Ph.D., Penn State, 2007 (Human Development and Family Studies)
M.A.S., Penn State, 2006 (Applied Statistics)
M.S., Penn State, 2005 (Human Development and Family Studies)
B.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2000 (Mathematics and Applied Statistics)

Research Interests & Collaborations

My research focuses on developing and applying advanced statistical methods to questions about the longitudinal development of substance use, with a special emphasis on the relation between substance use and the development of comorbid problem behaviors like gambling and risky sexual behavior. Toward that end, I work on longitudinal, latent variable modeling, including latent class, latent profile, and latent transition analysis, and their extensions. I collaborate with Stephanie Lanza and John Dziak extensively on this work. Recently, I have begun to focus on how to use innovative methods to address health disparities and health equity. I am particularly excited about a new collaboration with Michele Kipke, her team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Cara Rice.

In addition to my research interests, I work extensively to disseminate innovative methods and to train the next generation of methodologists and prevention scientists. I lead The Methodology Center’s Dissemination, Software, and Technology Core, and previously I have served as Associate Training Director of the Prevention and Methodology Training Program (PAMT).

Recent Grants

Center for Complex Data to Knowledge in Drug Abuse and HIV Behavioral Science
National Institute on Drug Abuse: P50 DA039838
2015-2020; Role: Co-Investigator, Multidimensional and Dynamic Moderation in Drug Abuse and HIV Studies; Core Director, Dissemination, Software, and Technology Core (Center PI: Linda M. Collins)

Drug Abuse and HIV Prevention Research Methodology Conferences
National Institute on Drug Abuse: R13 DA020334
2013-2021; Role: PI

Young Men of Color Who Have Sex With Men Cohort Study
National Institute on Drug Abuse: U01 DA036926
2017-2020; Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Michele Kipke)

Dynamic Links Between Risk Factors, Substance Use, and Consequences: Ages 18-35
National Institute on Drug Abuse: R01 DA037902
2015-2019; Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Megan E. Patrick)