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 - 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

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]