Featured Psychologist: Jacque Gray, PhD
Jacque Gray, PhD, has dedicated her career to addressing the mental health needs of American Indians for over 30 years. Dr. Gray is a Choctaw and Cherokee descendant from Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in laboratory technology and a Master's of Education in guidance and counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma. After receiving two degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Gray left her alma mater to attend Oklahoma State University to complete her doctorate in Applied Behavioral Studies with a specialty in counseling psychology.
Gray is the director of the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health (SGCoE) and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI). As the director of NIEJI, she leads a team to address issues of elder abuse in Indian Country. Gray is also a research associate professor at the University of North Dakota’s Center for Rural Health, where she mentors over 25 Native students and leads the Native Health Research Team. In addition, she works with the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outreach Partnership.
In addition to directing various initiatives, Gray has gained research experience in the areas of health, especially mental health. She has years of experience in suicide prevention, rural veteran health services, spirituality and health, psychometrics, and wellness and nutrition in adolescents. She has developed an adolescent suicide prevention program and a rural crisis intervention program in the state of Oklahoma. Gray’s intervention and prevention program have both been adopted across the state of Oklahoma, enabling her to reach communities near and far. Her tireless work to address the mental health needs of marginalized communities, specifically American Indians, distinguishes her as a scholar in the field of psychology and advocate for the underserved.
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