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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

Selected Publications:

Selected Research Grants

1K23MH119047-01                     Gray (PI)                       05/2019 - 04/2023
A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Biobehavioral Regulation among High-Adversity Mothers and Young Children

Grant amount: $500,000

This study will assess the effectiveness of Mom Power, an existing evidence-based intervention that aims to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma on physical and mental health across generations. This program works with mothers and their children in New Orleans Head Start Centers.

Co-investigators: Drury and Zeanah


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