Timothy Bray

Associate Professor of Practice of Public Policy and Political Economy
Tags: Social Data Analytics and Research Public Policy Political Economy Institute for Urban Policy Research

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology
University of Missouri at St. Louis - 2003
M.A. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri at St. Louis - 1998
B.S. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri at St. Louis - 1994

Research Areas

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 Institutes 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. Brays 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.


Dallas Domestic Violence Taskforce - Journal Article
Coordinated Community Response: Toward a More Systematic Response to Domestic Violence in an Urban Setting 2018 - Book Chapter
Coordinated community response: Toward a more systematic response to domestic violence in an urban setting 2018 - Book Chapter
Are sex offenders different? An examination of rearrest patterns 2006 - Journal Article
Are Sex Offenders Different? An Examination of Rearrest Patterns 2006 - Journal Article
Confidence Intervals 2005 - Other
Justice by geography: Racial disparity and juvenile courts 2005 - Journal Article
Confidence Intervals 2004 - Book Chapter
Are sex offenders dangerous? 2003 - Journal Article
The effect of socioeconomic disadvantage and racial isolation on neighborhood homicide 2003 - Dissertation


Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–Present]
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Director, J. McDonald Williams Institute
Foundation for Community Empowerment [2005–2008]
Assistant Professor of Criminology
University of Texas at Dallas [2002–2006]
Assistant Bureau Chief
Illinois State Police [2001–2002]
Strategic Development Advisor
Illinois State Police [1999–2001]
Research Analyst
Illinois State Police [1998–1999]
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant
University of Missouri - St. Louis [1997–1998]
Police Planner
St. Louis County Police [1995–1997]
Police Dispatcher
St. Louis County Police [1992–1995]


Systemic Social Disorganization Theory C An Empirical Test
2002–2002 Bray, Timothy M. (2002). Systemic Social Disorganization Theory - An Empirical Test. American Society of Criminology. Chicago, IL.
We Know Where We're Going; How Will We Know When We Get There?
2005–2005 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.

Additional Information

Service - University Service

  • Outside Chair, Doctoral Examination Committee Chad Wesley Airhart 2005
  • Academic Senate 2003-2004
  • Outside Chair, Doctoral Examination Committee Claudia Schmegner 2003School

  • 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
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
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

News Articles

Research Institute Examines Children's Health, Insurance Needs in Five North Texas Counties
Texas’ uninsured rate for children remains among the highest in the nation, according to the latest report on children’s health care, education, economic security and safety from Children’s Health and researchers at UT Dallas.

The 2014 report, Beyond ABC: Assessing Children’s Health in the North Texas Corridor,” focuses on five North Texas counties: Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson. Researchers at UT Dallas’ Institute for Urban Policy Researchcompiled data for the 13th annual edition of the report.
Partnership Aims to Improve Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
Researchers from UT Dallas are partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) in a planning grant to develop an institute and an educational curriculum to better serve victims of domestic violence across Texas.
The W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas awarded the $530,000 grant to CCAW, the national conference hosted annually by Genesis and the Dallas Police Department.
UT Dallas Institute Assesses Child Well-Being
The number of Dallas County children with some form of insurance has increased, but other troubling trends continue in the health, economic security, safety and education of local youth, according to a new report from UT Dallas and Children’s Medical Center.
Researchers at UT Dallas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research compiled the data for the 2013 report, Beyond ABC: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County. The 12th edition of the report focuses exclusively on children in Dallas County and aims to offer a foundation for understanding the socioeconomic and health issues they face.
UT Dallas Assists with Report Revealing Childhood Crisis
Nearly 30 percent of children in Dallas County are living in poverty, according to a Children’s Medical Center report compiled by the Institute of Urban Policy Researchat UT Dallas. 

The report, Beyond ABC 2011: Assessing Children’s Health in Dallas County, examines the quality of life of area children. Dr. Timothy Bray, head of the Institute and a faculty member in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was one of several panelists who discussed the findings during a recent symposium moderated by KDFW Fox 4 news anchor, Clarice Tinsley, at Children’s Medical Center.

“This is without a doubt the most pressing issue that our county faces,” Bray said during the symposium. “It is the future of our youth, our children, our tomorrow. They are tomorrow’s doctors, they are tomorrow’s teachers, they are tomorrow’s firefighters and police officers. And so if they’re not healthy, they’re not going to reach that goal.”

University Team Shares New Domestic Violence Data with Task Force
The Dallas Police Department receives an average of 42 domestic violence-related 911 calls every day, according to a new report that University of Texas at Dallas researchers wrote for the Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force.

The University’s Institute for Urban Policy Research (IUPR) collected and analyzed extensive data on domestic violence for the city for the fourth year in a row, detailing the number of incidents reported to police, lack of shelter space and the outcome of domestic violence cases in the courts as part of a 57-page report.


National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership


Evaluation of the United 2020 Initiative
$279,000 - United Way of Metropolitan Dallas [2010–2011]
Technical and Analytical Support for Beyond ABC Report
$65,000 - Children's Medical Center [2010–2010]
Evaluation of the 'Dallas Cares for Kids' Initiative
$25,000 - Foundation for Community Empowerment [2010–2010]
North Texas Food Security Index
$17,000 - North Texas Food Bank [2010–2010]
Citi Community Leadership Initiative
$50,000 - Citi Foundation [2010–2011]