UNC Greensboro Athletics has announced that Dr. Jeremy Bray, Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professor in Economics and former head of the Department of Economics at the Bryan School of Business and Economics, will now serve as Faculty Athletics Representative for the Spartans.
“When I was head of the Department of Economics, I worked with many of our student-athletes and always found those interactions to be very rewarding for me as a faculty member,” Bray said. “So, I was excited by the opportunity to continue working with our student-athletes as UNCG’s Faculty Athletics Representative now that I am stepping down as department head.”
Bray’s research focuses on the economics of health behaviors, with two primary areas of focus: the economics of risky health behaviors, such as alcohol or illicit drug use, and the economic evaluation of behavioral health interventions.
“The Faculty Athletics Representative role is critical in intercollegiate athletics and Dr. Bray will provide outstanding leadership and advocacy in this role,” said Kim Record, UNCG Director of Athletics.
In his work on the economics of risky health behaviors, Bray has led or contributed to multiple studies that explored both the economic causes and consequences of risky health behaviors. His results confirm that economic considerations such as prices and taxes influence health behaviors, thereby supporting a broad range of policy efforts to reduce the prevalence of risky health behaviors.
Through the years, Bray has conducted economic evaluations of many behavioral interventions including workplace substance abuse prevention programs, alcohol screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinking, and behavioral interventions combined with pharmacotherapy for the treatment of alcohol dependence.
Bray has served on numerous economic evaluations funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His publications in this area have been referenced thousands of times by other researchers and have had a profound impact on public health by supporting the resource allocation decisions of federal, state, and local policymakers, as well as employers, both nationally and internationally.
UNCG Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity Honoree, 2021
All-Southern Conference Faculty Award, 2020-21
RTI Highly Cited Author, 2006 and 2011
RTI Highly Published Author, 2006, 2009, and 2011
RTI Outstanding Paper, 2006
RTI Early Career Author, 2004
Professional Development Award, 1999
Formby Award for Outstanding Research, 1993
Academic Excellence Award, 1992
Bryan School of Business and Economics, UNCG Bryan Fellow, 1992
UNCG Reynolds Scholar
Story by Rob Knox, Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications.