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 not currently accepting graduate students.

Selected Publications

Gray, S. A. O., Lipschutz, R., & Scheeringa, M. (in press). Young children’s physiological reactivity during memory recall: Associations with posttraumatic stress and parent physiological synchrony. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Hill, T., Gray, S. A. O., Baker, C., Kamps, J., Boggs, K., Carey, E., Johnson, C., & Varela, E. (in press). Short Report: Examining the Effectiveness of the PEERS Program on Social Skills and Anxiety in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

Esteves, K., Gray, S. A. O., Theall, K., & Drury, S. (in press). Impact of physical abuse on internalizing behavior across generations. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Gray, S. A. O., Theall, K., Lipschutz, R., & Drury, S. D. (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.
Glackin. E., & Gray, S. A. O. (2016). Violence in context: Embracing an ecological approach to violent media exposure. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. 16(1), 425-428.
Gray, S. A. O., Sweeney, K. K., Randazzo, R., & Levitt, H. (2016). ‘Am I Doing the Right Thing?’: Pathways to parenting a gender variant child. Family Process 55(1), 123-138.
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.
Hill, T., Gray, S. A. O., Kamps, J., & Varela, E. (2015). Age and adaptive functioning in children and adolescents with ASD: The effects of intellectual functioning and ASD symptom severity. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 45(12), 4074-83.
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.

Gray, S. A. O., Carter, A. S., Briggs-Gowan, M., & Jones, S. (2014). Trajectories of toddler aggression, overactivity, and inattention: Relations to second grade reading. Developmental Psychology 50(9), 2255-2263. PMCID: PMC4316814.

Gray, S. A. O., Heberle, A., & Carter, A. S. (2012). Social-emotional school readiness: How do we ensure children are ready to learn? Zero to Three Journal 33(1), 4-9.

Gray, S. A. O., Carter, A. S., Briggs-Gowan, M., Hill, C., Keenan, K., Danis, B., & Wakschlag, L. (2012).  Preschool children’s observed disruptive behavior: Variations across sex, interactional context, and severity of disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology 41(4), 499-507.
Gray, S. A. O., Carter, A. S., & Levitt, H. (2012). A critical review of assumptions about gender variant children in psychological research. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health 16(1), 4-30.
Carter, A. S., Wagmiller, R. J., Gray, S. A. O., McCarthy, K. J., Horwitz, S. M., & Briggs-Gowan, M. J. (2010). Prevalence of DSM-IV disorder in a representative healthy birth cohort at school entry: Sociodemographic risks and social adaptation. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 49(7), 686-698. PMCID: PMC3166638.
Carter, A. S., Martinez, F. L., & Gray, S. A. O. (2009). Stability and individual change in depressive symptoms in mothers raising young children with ASD: Maternal and child correlates. Journal of Clinical Psychology 65 (12), 1270-1280.


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