Dr. Raghavan’s research focuses on access to, and quality of, mental health services for vulnerable children, especially those in the child welfare system. The instrumental focus of much of his work on access has been on Medicaid policymaking, and he has examined the effects of Medicaid managed care on mental health service use, the longitudinal stability of health insurance coverage for child welfare-involved children, and insurance discontinuities for children leaving foster care. His work on quality has focused on receipt of mental health care consistent with national standards among children in the child welfare system, geographic variations in mental health services, and policy approaches to supporting implementation of mental health services. His current work focuses on developing better predictive models of risk of mental health service use among child Medicaid beneficiaries, and understanding the determinants of race/ethnic disparities in Medicaid expenditures for child mental health services. A keen translator of research findings to policymaking and vice versa, Dr. Raghavan has served on state and national commissions and advisory bodies, and conducts much of his research with active policymakers as co-investigators.
Dr. Raghavan’s work has received financial support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Administration for Children and Families, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the State of Missouri.
He directs the School's NIMH-funded pre and postdoctoral training program in mental health services research, and teaches courses in the MSW, MPH, and PhD programs. Dr. Raghavan is a psychiatrist and health services researcher by training. Prior to joining the School, he was policy director for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. His previous appointment was as a Public Health Fellow at the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion.