Jacqueline Gray named Fellow for American Psychological Association

Jacqueline Gray has been named a fellow of the Society for Women Psychologists and for Psychologists in Public Service of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Gray is a research associate professor for the Department of Population Health and the associate director of Center for Rural Health (CRH) for Indigenous programs at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Being named a Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level, according to the APA. Each division focuses on a specialty within the field of psychology.

“Dr. Gray is rather amazing,” said Brad Gibbens, acting director of the UND CRH. “As a colleague, I have worked with Jacque for many years. Where to start? She is simultaneously very committed not only to the field of psychology but also to bringing access and service to Native people. The Native population, particularly Native elders, are important to her. She is a good mentor and takes that seriously. As an academic she is also prolific in her research and publications. She has authored and edited many manuscripts and book chapters. For me, I value her friendship and good advice. As I said, rather an amazing person.”

She is principal investigator and director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative . She started the American Indian Health Research Conference in 2002 and spearheaded its continuation for 18 years.

To be considered for Fellow status, professionals must have letters of nomination from existing fellows. One of the nomination letters describes the impact Gray has had on the area of Native American health.

“Dr. Gray is a teacher, mentor, author, and advocate,” wrote Diane J. Willis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. “Careful review of her CV illustrates that she has been involved on multiple levels with exceptionally important work on behalf of Native Americans.

“This is a major strength, where Dr. Gray has outpaced many psychologists across the country. Conducting Native American research, training young scholars, and conducting research on reservations has been desperately missing in the field of psychology to date. Dr. Gray has helped to fill that gap by training over 100 students and now overseeing the largest Native American research team in the nation.”

Dr. Gray is from Oklahoma and of Choctaw and Cherokee descent. She has worked with tribes throughout Indian Country for more than 35 years in the areas of health, education, counseling, and program development. She also has experience in policy work and advocacy through testimony in Congress on suicide among American Indian youth, funding for Indian Health Service, addressing elder abuse in Indian Country, addressing mental health and aging, serving on the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages, and other health disparity related issues.

Dr. Gray is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the Native Research Network, and the Society of Indian Psychologists. She has previously received Fellow status in three other APA divisions. She 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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center.

Dr. Gray received a 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.

About the UND Center for Rural Health

Established in 1980, the CRH is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.