I grew up on a farm/ranch in Oklahoma with two sisters and one brother.In addition to church, sports, and band activities, I was very involved in 4-H Club, learned to speak publicly, and achieved goals such as being state secretary. My parents were leaders who worked very hard to help others. These life experiences laid a solid foundation for being a nursing professor.
Research capacity development in the United States and internationally
Recogntion of impact on nursing research in Uganda
Providing education and consultation related to research and clinical practice in Uganda
Work-Related Quality of Life of Nurses and Health Care Workers in Uganda- funded by Professorship
Stigma of HIV-Positive Nurses in Kenya- faculty advisor for Jackline Opollo, funded by Sigma Theta Tau International to conduct the study
Priorities for Uganda Nursing Research: A Dephi Study- funded by Professorship
Ugandan Nurses' Perspectives on Task Shifting- faculty advisor for Lori Spies funded by Baylor University Small Grants Program
Instrument Development for the Nurse International Relocation and Transition Questionnaire (NIRTQ)
National Study on the NLN-Jeffries Simulation Framework: Team role as theory expert
Professional Values of RN to BSN Students
Dr. Gray has a passion for HIV/AIDS research and global health issues. She is committed to promoting health for persons around the globe, especially persons who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Early in her career, she practiced in mobile health clinic in Cameroon, West Africa. In recent years, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic and Tanzania to provide nursing education workshops. In collaboration with Dr. Allusine Jalloh, Dr. Gray is leading the North Texas Africa Health Initiative. As the Hazel M. and George W. Jay Professor, she travels to Uganda each summer to develop the research capacity of nurses and provide inservice education for nurses in rural areas. The North Texas Africa Health Initiative is seeking funding for health care projects in Uganda and other East African countries.
International nurse migration
Strategies to Facilitate Development of Research Capacity of Nurses in Uganda and Other Low Resource Countries
Factors Influencing Medication Adherence in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
Barriers and Supports for the Success of Minority Students in Health Professional Education
Assessing HIV Knowledge of Nurses across countries
Collaboration to develop research capacity among nurses, provide clinical and research workshops, and facilitate Ugandan Nurses Research Committee.
Connecting nurses with engineers working on health-related studies and products. Co-chaired with Dr. Anand Pupula, Engineering, and Dr. Mary Lou Bond, Nursing.
Consultation related to developing research proposals, qualitative research methodologies, high-fidelity simulation as a teaching methodology. 2009-2011
Represent College of Nursing on the Project Restore Hope, Sierra Leone
Hosted a university visit by a delegation of Rwandan leaders to explore potential for research collaboration; delegation included the representatives of the Ministries of Health and Education as well as the presidents of two universities
Consultation for the Al-Hayatt Medical Center, new hospital built by the foundation in Borama, Awdal, Somalia.