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Sarah Gray, PhD

Specialty Areas:

violence and child development, parenting, stress reactivity

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach

#Mental Health Psychological


Dr. Sarah Gray is a licensed clinical psychologist interested in understanding relationship-based and parenting processes that support young children’s optimal development in contexts of family and community violence. She employs a diverse approach to measuring these processes, including narrative measures, behavioral coding, physiological indicators, and qualitative methodologies, in order to understand how cognition, affect, behavior, biology, and the environment interact to predict young children’s outcomes under stress. She also uses a community-engaged research approach to support children and caregivers in community settings.


Publications: Google Scholar or NCBI

Selected Publications:

Selected Research Grants

RD-A-17                       Gray (PI)                       06/2016 - 06/2019
Louisiana Board of Regents Research Competitiveness Subprogram
Violence Exposure, Parenting, and Self-Regulation in Early Childhood: A Two-Generation, Mechanistic Model
Direct amount: $151,105

25127                     Gray (PI)                       01/2017 – 01/2019
Brain & Behavior Foundation,  NARSAD Young Investigator Award
Parasympathetic and Behavioral Synchrony and Child Emotion Dysregulation Following Trauma
Direct amount: $70,000
Mentors: Theall and Drury


L30HD085275                     Gray (PI)                        08/2018 - 08/2019
Documenting Pathways to Enhance Trauma-Informed Services for Young Children
Direct amount: $25,792


Dr. Gray’s School of Science and Engineering profile page