Black History 365: Dr. Samantha Gray

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I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis. I teach graduate courses in psychological assessment, research methods, and couples/family therapy.

I completed my postdoctoral fellowship with Harvard Medical School, working out of Cambridge Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Inpatient Units. While there, I received advanced training in assessment, treatment, and transition planning for children and adolescents within the context of an intensive assessment unit.

I completed my predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Indiana University School of Medicine where I received advanced clinical training in a broad spectrum of areas while rotating through various departments. All of my graduate school work was completed at the University of Tennessee where my doctorate degree (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology) was conferred in December/2014.

Largely concentrated on adolescents & emerging adults, my research interests generally surround topics such as: technology, psychosocial developmental tasks, online self-presentation, attachment quality, and online relationship dynamics. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how technology and/or social connectivity through various media outlets (e.g. – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Xbox Live, etc.) may impact human behavior, psychosocial development, and psychological health. I am also interested in studying these topics within the SMI &/or non-college student population.

Overall, my professional areas of interest include: Teaching, Practice, and Research. As a generalist, I enjoyed seeing patients in child, adolescent, emerging adult, and adult age ranges for both diagnostic assessment & traditional psychotherapy throughout my training. My theoretical orientation is eclectic and integrative, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioral perspectives. As a psychology professor, I try to meld my passion for teaching & mentoring with my appreciation of clinical material and research.