Dr. Rayford is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of leadership experience in the fields of mental health, substance abuse treatment, juvenile justice and child welfare.
For the past fifteen years, he has held key roles at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) as Bureau Chief Juvenile Justice; Buraeu Chief of Adolescent and Transitional and Director of Adolescent and Juvenile Justice Services. He is currently the Director of Treatment services at the Albert J. Solnit Center for Children- north campus.
Prior to his work with the DCF, Dr. Rayford served as the Director of Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Connecticut Department of Correction where he was responsible for policy and program development as well as the management of all treatment services for the statewide inmate population of 20,000.
Earlier in his career, he held positions at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Psychiatric Institute, and the Connecticut Mental Health Center.
Dr. Rayford has published articles in several academic journals and serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, and International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. He has also served as a board member of the Clifford Beers Clinic and as a community member of the Yale Medical School Human Investigative Review Board.
Dr. Rayford ’s credentials include a BA in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University, and an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Hartford. He has served multiple fellowships at Yale University Medical School and is a licensed Psychologist in the State of Connecticut.