sarahSarah A. O. Gray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ph.D.,2013, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Curriculum Vitae


Phone: 504-862-3318
Website: Lab Page

3068 Percival Stern Hall 

Research Interests

Dr. Gray is a clinical psychologist with a focus on early childhood and developmental psychopathology. She examines mental health and physiological consequences of exposure to early life stress and trauma, with a specific interest in moderators and mediators in those pathways. This includes a focus on parasympathetic cardiovascular markers, parenting and relationship-based sources of resilience, and sex differences. Ultimately, as a clinical psychologist, she pursues research that can inform prevention and intervention programs for underserved young children and their caregivers. Dr. Gray is currently accepting graduate students.

Selected Publications

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.
Gray, S. A. O., Jones, C. W., Theall, K. P., Glackin, E., & Drury, S. S. (2017). Thinking across generations: Unique contributions of maternal early life and prenatal stress to infant physiology. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 56(11), 922-929.
Gray, S. A. O., Theall, K., P., Lipschutz, R., & Drury, S. S. (2017). Sex differences in the contribution of Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and trauma to children’s psychopathology. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 39(1), 67-78.
Gray, S. A. O., Forbes, D., & Briggs-Gowan, M. J., Carter, A. S. (2015). Caregiver insightfulness and young children’s violence exposure: Testing a relational model of risk and resilience. Attachment and Human Development 17(6), 615-634.
Gray, S. A. O. (2015). Widening the Circle of Security: A quasi-experimental evaluation of attachment-based professional development for family child care providers. Infant Mental Health Journal 36(3), 308-319.


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