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
Jones, C. W., Esteves, K. C., Gray, S. A., Clarke, T. N., Callerame, K., Theall, K. P. & Drury, S. S. (2019). The transgenerational transmission of maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Insights from placental aging and infant autonomic nervous system reactivity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 106, 20-27.
Gershy, N., & Gray, S. A. (2018). Parental Emotion Regulation and Mentalization in Families of Children With ADHD. Journal of attention disorders, 1087054718762486.
Gray, S. A. O., Lipschutz, R., & Scheeringa, M. (2018). Young children’s physiological reactivity during memory recall: Associations with posttraumatic stress and parent physiological synchrony. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 46(4), 871-880.
Selected Research Grants
1K23MH119047-01 Gray (PI) 05/2019 - 04/2023
NIH / NIMH
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