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Jacque Gray, PhD - Bio Sketch

Dr. Jacqueline Gray is a research professor for the Department of Population Health and the associate director of Center for Rural Health for indigenous programs at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in Grand Forks.

Gray directs the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI). She is also principle investigator of the NIEJI Innovation grant, Wac'in Yeya: The Hope Project, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership. Gray began the American Indian Health Research Conference in 2002. Gray also directs the Native Health Research Team and mentors more than 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 for over 35 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, elder abuse, rural veteran health services, spirituality and health, psychometrics, and wellness and nutrition in adolescents. Her research with American Indians includes elder abuse, 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 is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the Native Research Network, the Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP), and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is past-president of the Society of Indian Psychologists. Gray is past-president of the APA Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race and past-chair of Psychologists in Indian Country, a section of APA Division 18: Psychologists in Public Service and was secretary of section six: Native Alaskan, American Indian, and Indigenous Women of the APA Division 35: Psychology of Women. Gray is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Oversight Committee for Research and Cultural Diversity, and is part of the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is also a consultant for the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center. Gray was elected to the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) and Committee on Rural Health (CRH) and was appointed by the APA Board of Directors to the National Steering Committee on Health Disparities. Gray received the Excellence in Training Award from the Native Research Network in 2012 and received a Presidential Citation from APA in 2014. Gray has traveled to New Zealand where she participated in work on Maori and Indigenous Suicide Prevention with the University of Otago and Healing Our Spirits Worldwide.

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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