Dr. Morral is director of the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center and a Senior Behavioral Scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, NYC) in 1992, and joined RAND in 1997. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Director of RAND's Safety and Justice Program. As Director of the Homeland Security and Defense Center, Dr. Morral manages projects on emergency preparedness, terrorism risk management, domestic intelligence, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, threat assessment, and radicalization. Dr. Morral's areas of expertise include modeling, simulation, and performance measurement. He has developed influential simulation methods for establishing robust estimates of the distribution of U.S. urban area's terrorism risk, innovative modeling techniques for examining drug use epidemiology, and survey response accuracy, and he developed causal modeling software that is now in wide distribution.
As a program evaluator, Dr. Morral has led large national and multisite evaluations. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed reports in leading scientific and policy journals. His recent publications include studies on the deterrence effects of counterterrorism security systems, border control performance measurement, terrorism risk estimation, and police use of force. Dr. Morral has recently served on the Scientific Advisory Council for the DHS Center of Excellence at USC called CREATE, and on the National Occupational Research Agenda Council led by NIOSH.