Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sarah Gray


Dr. Sarah Gray, a clinical psychologist, became an assistant professor in the department of Psychology at Tulane University in 2014, where she primarily teaches and trains School Psychology graduate students in research and clinical practice. Dr. Gray’s research focuses on early childhood and developmental psychopathology. She takes a multilevel and intergenerational approach to examining the effects of early life stress, trauma, and violence on mental health and physiology. She specifically has interest in moderators and mediators, including parasympathetic cardiovascular markers, parenting, relationship-based sources of resilience, and sex differences. Dr. Gray ultimately structures her research so that underserved young children and their caregivers can receive prevention and intervention programming to reduce stress and trauma in early childhood.

Dr. Gray leads Tulane’s Child and Family Lab, located at University Square uptown, where she works with graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing research. Current lab research projects are supported by the Brain and Behavior Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents and focus on how parents and their young children cope with stressful life events as well as what factors support adaptation and self-regulation during stress. If you are interested in Dr. Gray’s work at the Lab or would like to get involved, click here for current projects and information.

In addition to her research, Dr. Gray co-directs Tulane’s Psychology Clinic for Children and Adolescents, providing affordable, evidence-based care and mental health services. This clinic is used to train School Psychology Doctoral students at Tulane and is staffed by mostly graduate students, supervised by licensed psychologists like Dr. Gray. The mission of the clinic is to provide low-cost services for underresourced populations, to serve as a clinical training site for graduate students in the School Psychology Doctoral Program at Tulane University, and to conduct basic and applied research relevant to child and adolescent health. For more information about the clinic, click here.

Prior to her time now at Tulane, Dr. Gray received her Bachelor of Arts in History at Yale University in 2004, graduating magna cum laude and with distinction in the major. She then completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2013. Finally, she completed her Predoctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Early Childhood track at Yale Child Study Center in 2014. From 2008-2009, Dr. Gray worked as an NIH Fellow in Mental Health and Development Disabilities while also completing a fellowship in LEND: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Since beginning her professorship at Tulane, Dr. Gray has been selected as an NIH Scholar in K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, received the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, received the Deborah L. Rhatigan Early Career Award for Excellence in Violence Research, and been recognized for “Excellence in Teaching” by Tulane’s School of Science & Engineering Honor Society.

To view some of Dr. Gray’s recently published work, click here.