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Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D.


Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D., is the Belk Endowed Professor in Health Research within the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Holding a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, his expertise includes suicide prevention, mental health, hate crimes, violence prevention, sexual and gender minority health, and theories of health and personality. Drawing on his forensic training, Cramer served as a trial consultant for almost a decade, focusing on jury consultation, witness preparation, and case theory in civil and criminal trials. With expertise in quantitative methods, he is active in community-engaged research, having partnered with agencies such as the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and many others. The founder of the Core Competency Model of Suicide Prevention Training, he has provided suicide prevention training and consultation for the United Kingdom National Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, various university counseling centers and academic training programs, and other professional audiences. Recognized as an international expert in suicide and violence prevention research and training, Cramer has served as honorary visiting faculty at the University of Strathclyde School of Psychological Sciences and Health, the University of Central Lancashire School of Psychology, and the Griffith University Criminology Institute. He currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research, and on the editorial boards of BMC Psychiatry, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Aggressive Behavior.

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