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Dr. Timothy M Bray
Director - Institute for Urban Policy Research, Clinical Assistant Professor
Contact Address   800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021     Office MailstopMail Box: WT20, WT1.602 
Email Address  Timothy.Bray@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-5432    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
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Potts, Suzanne Elizabeth
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.CriminologyUniversity of Missouri at St. Louis2003
 M.A.Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of Missouri at St. Louis1998
 B.S.Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of Missouri at St. Louis1994
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Research Interests
Dr. Bray's current research focuses on the development of multidimensional indicators for quality of life and disparities in quality of life. He was instrumental in the Institute‟s launch of the Wholeness Index, a comprehensive index of disparities in quality of life that taps 12 key dimensions of social dislocation. These dimensions are representative of those identified in academic literature and, more importantly, were vetted through representatives of the underserved communities in Dallas. In addition, Dr. Bray‟s research includes the development and application of hierarchical models to explain variation in neighborhood levels of social dislocations, including assessing and controlling for spatial dependence in the data. Dr. Bray is also working to develop new and promising methods for evaluating the impact of individual community development programs in the context of the effects of their peer programs, with an emphasis on identifying the outcomes of their collective efforts, separate from the outcomes of their individual efforts.
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2006
Sample, Lisa L. and Timothy M. Bray. (2006) Are sex offenders different? An examination of re-arrest patterns. Criminal Justice Policy Review 17: 83-102.
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2005
Sample, Lisa L. and Timothy M. Bray. (Forthcoming, 2005) Are sex offenders different? An examination of re-arrest patterns. Criminal Justice Policy Review.
Category: Criminal Justice Policy Review
Peer reviewed
2005
Bray, Timothy M., Lisa L. Sample, and Kimberly Kempf-Leonard. (2005). 'Justice by Geography': Racial Disparity and Juvenile Courts. In Darnell Hawkins and Kimberly Kempf-Leonard (eds.), Our Children, Their Children: Confronting Race and Ethnic Differences in American Criminal Justice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Category: Our Children, Their Children: Confronting Race and...
Book chapters
2004
Burruss, George W. and Timothy M. Bray. (2004). Confidence Intervals. In Kimberly Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. San Diego: Academic Press.
Category: Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
Book chapters
2004
Curtin, Kevin M., Fang Qiu, Karen L. Hayslett-McCall, and Timothy M. Bray. (2004). Using Location Science and Geographic Information Systems to Determine the Optimal Spatial Distribution of Police Patrol Areas. In Fahui Wang (ed.), Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
Category: Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2005 2005 We Know Where We're Going; How Will We Know When We Get There?
Bray, Timothy M. (2005). We Know Where We're Going; How Will We Know When We Get There? Research and Planning as Tools for Better Public Service. Invited Presentation for the Annual Save-A-Life Summit hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation: Austin, TX.
2005 2005 Child SafetyZones: Using GIS to Assess Public Policy Impact
Bray, Timothy M. (2005). Child SafetyZones: Using GIS to Assess Public Policy Impact. Invited Presentation for the Eighth Annual International Crime Mapping Research Conference. Savannah, GA.
2005 2005 Introducing Space in a Non-Spatial Context
Bray, Timothy M. (2005). Introducing Space in a Non-Spatial Context. Invited Presentation for the Winter Meetings of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. Washington, DC.
2004 2004 The Liquidity of Crime: A Case for Fluid BeatBoundaries
Bray, Timothy M. (2004). The Liquidity of Crime: A Case for Fluid Beat Boundaries. Invited Presentation for the Seventh Annual International Crime Mapping Research Conference. Boston, MA.
2003 2003 Assessing Systemic Social Disorganization Theory: AnApplication of City Police Data to City Problems
Bray, Timothy M. (2003). Assessing Systemic Social Disorganization Theory: An Application of City Police Data to City Problems. Selected for a Presidential Panel (Peer Reviewed). American Society of Criminology. Denver, CO.
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National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2008-presentDirectorInstitute for Urban Policy Research University of Texas at Dallas
2006-presentClinical Assistant Professor  University of Texas at Dallas
2005-2008DirectorInstitute for Outcomes Research and Public Policy Evaluation Foundation for Community Empowerment, Dallas, Texas
2002-2006Assistant Professor of Criminology  University of Texas at Dallas
2001-2002Assistant Bureau ChiefResearch and Development Bureau Illinois State Police
1999-2001Strategic Development AdvisorOffice of the Director Illinois State Police
1998-1999Research AnalystStrategic Planning and Analysis Bureau Illinois State Police
1997-1998Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant  University of Missouri - St. Louis
1995-1997Police Planner  University of Missouri - St. Louis
1992-1995Police Dispatcher  University of Missouri - St. Louis
 Support
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 DurationTitleSponsorAmountStatus
2010-2011Evaluation of the United 2020 InitiativeUnited Way of Metropolitan Dallas$279,000Current
2010-2011Citi Community Leadership InitiativeCiti Foundation$50,000Current
2010-2010Technical and Analytical Support for Beyond ABC ReportChildren's Medical Center$65,000Current
2010-2010Evaluation of the 'Dallas Cares for Kids' InitiativeFoundation for Community Empowerment$25,000Current
2010-2010North Texas Food Security IndexNorth Texas Food Bank$17,000Current
2010-2010Housing Lottery RandomizationDallas Housing Authority$1,500Previous
2009-2010Evaluation of the Dallas One-stop Optimized Reentry ServiceSafer Dallas Better Dallas$70,000Previous
2009-20092010-2014 Community Needs AssessmentUrban League of Greater Dallas and North Texas$50,000Previous
2008-2008Technical and Analytical Assistance for the North South GapDallas Morning News$35,000Previous
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Formerly Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, Full-time

Memberships
Urban Institute National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership 2005-Present
  • Elected to Executive Committee 2008-Present
Community Indicators Consortium 2008-Present
  • Appointed to Working Group on Integrating Performance Measurement and Community Indicators 2008-Present
Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Metropolitan Partners 2007-Present
National Consortium on Violence Research 2004-Present
American Society of Criminology 1997-Present
American Sociological Association 2003-Present
  • Crime, Law, and Deviance Section
  • Community and Urban Sociology Timothy M. Bray
American Statistical Association 2003-Present
  • Government Statistics Section
  • Social Statistics Section
  • Statistical Consulting
  • North Texas Chapter
American Planning Association 2008-Present
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 1997-Present
North Texas Social Research Consortium 2007-Present
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society 1993-Present
Dallas Women’s Foundation Research Advisory Board 2009-Present

Awards and Fellowships
  • South Fair Community Development Corporation - Community Impact Award 2009
  • Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science - Scholarship Recipient 2004
  • Illinois State Police - Achievement Medal 2002
  • National Consortium on Violence Research - Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 1998 - 2000

Works in Progress - In Preparation
  • Bray, Timothy M. The Effects of Child Safety Zones on Public Safety.
  • Bray, Timothy M. The Use of Census Microdata in Racial Profiling Analyses.
  • Bray, Timothy M. The Liquidity of Crime: A Case for Fluid Beat Boundaries.
  • Bray, Timothy M. Assessing Systemic Social Disorganization Theory: An Application of City Police Data to City Problems.
  • Bray, Timothy M. Advanced Measures of Segregation – Do They Outperform Simple Composition in Predicting Violent Crime?
  • Bray, Timothy M. The Impact of Spatially Non-Random Sampling on Statistical.
  • Indicators of Clustering.

Service - Professional Service

Ad-Hoc Grant Application Reviews

  • Texas Education Agency 2009
  • National Science Foundation 2008
  • National Science Foundation 2004

Ad-Hoc Manuscript Reviews

  • Homicide Studies 2009
  • Law and Social Inquiry 2008
  • Criminology 2002, 2007
  • Justice Quarterly 2005
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 2001-2002, 2005
  • MacArthur Network on Juvenile Justice 2002
  • Sociological Spectrum 2002-2005
  • Sociological Perspectives 2002
  • Allyn-Bacon/Longman Textbooks 2004
  • Wadsworth/Thomson Textbooks 2004-2005
  • Prentice Hall Textbooks 2005

Standing Committees and Boards

  • Executive Committee, Urban Institute National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership 2008- Present
  • Board of Directors, North Texas Housing Coalition 2008-Present
  • Technical Advisory Committee, STAR Community Index 2008-Present

Service - University Service
Campus
  • Outside Chair, Doctoral Examination Committee Chad Wesley Airhart 2005
  • Academic Senate 2003-2004
  • Outside Chair, Doctoral Examination Committee Claudia Schmegner 2003
School
  • Crime & Justice Studies Search Committee 2002-2004
  • School of Social Science Workshop Series 2003
  • Presentation to UTD Scholars Weekend 2003
  • School of Social Science Student Picnic 2002, 2004

Service - Community Service

Committee Service

  • Safer Dallas, Better Dallas Steering Committee 2006-Present
  • North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force 2002-2006
  • Safety Committee, St. Jude Catholic Church 2005-Present
  • Ethics Committee, Allen Sports Association 2007-Present
  • Safe Environment Committee, St. Jude Parish 2005-Present

Print Media Interviews

  • Dallas Morning News October, 2009
  • Dallas Morning News September, 2009
  • Dallas Morning News October, 2008
  • Dallas Morning News August, 2008
  • Dallas Morning News June, 2008
  • Dallas Morning News December, 2007
  • Dallas Morning News August 2007
  • Dallas Morning News July 2007
  • Dallas Morning News June 2007
  • Dallas Morning News May 2007
  • Dallas Morning News December 2007
  • Dallas Morning News October 2007 (3)
  • Dallas Morning News August 2007
  • Dallas Morning News March 2007
  • Dallas Morning News October 2006
  • Dallas Observer October 2006
  • Dallas Morning News August, 2005
  • Dallas Morning News May 2005
  • Dallas Observer May 2005
  • Dallas Morning News May 2004
  • Ottawa Citizen April 2004
  • Dallas Morning News February 2004
  • Dallas Morning News June 2003
  • Dallas Morning News March 2003

Television and Video Interviews and Appearances

  • KTVT TV (Dallas CBS Affiliate) July, 2009
  • KERA Radio (Dallas NPR Affiliate) October, 2008
  • KTVT TV (Dallas CBS Affiliate) October, 2008
  • KDFW TV (Dallas FOX Affiliate) January 2008
  • KTVT TV (Dallas CBS Affiliate) November 2007
  • WBAP Radio (Dallas ABC Affiliate) October 2007
  • KDAF TV (Dallas Independent) October 2007
  • KDFW TV (Dallas FOX Affiliate) October 2007
  • KTVT TV (Dallas CBS Affiliate) October 2007
  • KDFW TV (Dallas FOX Affiliate) May 2007
  • WBAP Radio (Dallas ABC Affiliate) October 2006
  • The Mark Christopher Show (Syndicated Radio Talk) October 2006
  • KRLD Radio (Dallas CBS Affiliate) October 2006
  • KTVT-Dallas (CBS Affiliate) March 2005
  • KTVT-Dallas (CBS Affiliate) July 2004
  • KDAF-Dallas (Independent) June 2004
  • KTVT-Dallas (CBS Affiliate) February 2004
  • LETN-National (Primedia Satellite Network) August 2003
  • KTVT-Dallas (CBS Affiliate) June 2003
  • KTVT-Dallas (CBS Affiliate) October 2002

Informational Interviews

  • Steven Balla, George Washington University June 2008
  • Lindsay Astarita, Northeastern University Student March 2005
  • Tom Hayden, Former California State Senator June 2003

Professional Service Presentations

  • American Society of Industrial Security - Dallas Chapter July 2003
  • Safe Environment Training - St. Jude Parish 2004-Present

Non-Academic Community Service

  • Coach, Allen Youth Soccer Association 2007-Present
  • Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Usher, St. Jude Parish 2007-Present
  • Safe Environment Committee, St. Jude Parish 2005-Present
  • North Collin County Adventure Guides 2003-Present

Personal Statement

Dr. Timothy Bray serves as director of the Institute. As the only research institute to be established by a grass roots community building organization, the Institute retains a flavor that makes it unique among its peers. IUPR truly believes that the fruits of research must serve the underserved by motivating the caliber of sustainable change necessary to improve quality of life and build a better world. The Institute continues to build friendships in the communities we serve, helping residents realize their visions of lasting change.

Dr. Bray is also on the faculty of the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches in the political economy and criminology programs. He teaches graduate and upper division courses in quantitative methodologies and structural correlates of social disorganization. He also mentors graduate students, and involves graduate and undergraduate students in the research work of the Institute.

Dr. Bray serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Housing Coalition and the Executive Committee of the Urban Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, In addition, he advises a number of local organizations on issues of equity and sustainability.

Dr. Bray received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 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. 


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