Bray Awarded Jefferson-Pilot Professorship

Posted on August 13, 2019

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UNC Greensboro professor Dr. Jeremy Bray ’89, ’92 has been named as a new recipient of the school’s Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship due to his research excellence and leadership within his discipline.

Bray has been a faculty member at UNC Greensboro since 2013, when he joined the Bryan School of Business and Economics as professor and head of the department of economics. He has fostered transdisciplinary health and wellness research within the Bryan School and across the university through his leadership and mentoring of faculty and students.

Bray is a nationally- and internationally-recognized authority on the economics of risky health behaviors and the economic evaluation of behavioral health interventions, including workplace substance abuse prevention programs and alcohol screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinking. Over his career, he has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, research monographs, book chapters, and editorials. He has led or co-led more than a dozen external grants or contracts. As investigator or principal investigator, he has received more than $30 million in funding. He currently serves on two editorial boards, has served as a grant reviewer for NIH, AHRQ, and the UK NIHR, and is a visiting full professor at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

Provost Dana Dunn said, “Dr. Bray’s outstanding record of impactful research contributes to UNCG’s strategic focus on health and wellness.  His record of external funding as well as his contributions to the knowledge base of his discipline and real-world health outcomes make him an ideal professorship holder.”

The Jefferson-Pilot Excellence Professorship was established in 1983 when Excellence Fund contributions from the Pilot Life Insurance Company and Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company were combined to form one endowment fund. Ester Leerkes in the Department of Health and Human Sciences also holds the Jefferson-Pilot Professorship.


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