Dr. Jacqueline Gray is a research associate professor and the associate director of indigenous programs at the Center for Rural Health and the Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Gray directs the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI). She works with the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership, Rural Psychology and Integrated Care and the UND American Indian Health Research Conference. Gray also directs the Native Research Health Team and mentors over 25 Native students on research in Indian Country.
Gray is from Oklahoma and of Choctaw and Cherokee descent. She has worked with tribes throughout Indian Country over the past 30 years in the areas of health, education, counseling, and program development. She also has experience in medical research at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at the Norman Regional Hospital. Gray worked for over eight years providing counseling, assessment, and program development services through the Creek County Health Department in Oklahoma. She came to North Dakota in 1999 as a visiting professor in the UND Department of Counseling and in 2001 Gray became a post-doctoral fellow at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center of the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Gray joined the Center for Rural Health in 2004.
Gray has research experience in the areas of health and mental health including suicide prevention, rural veteran health services, spirituality and health, psychometrics, and wellness and nutrition in adolescents. Her research with American Indians includes health, depression, anxiety, veteran’s health services, spirituality, suicide, career counseling and nutrition. Gray developed a rural crisis intervention program and an adolescent suicide prevention program in Oklahoma that have been adopted across the state, and began the first viable divorced parent education program in Oklahoma. She is licensed as a professional counselor in North Dakota. Gray was part of a rural health training grant during her psychology internship at the University of Wyoming that put multidisciplinary teams in rural/frontier settings around the state.
Gray received her Bachelor of Science degree in laboratory technology from the University of Oklahoma. Her Master of Education degree is in guidance and counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma and her doctorate is in Applied Behavioral Studies with a specialty in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University.
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