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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Avia Gray

Diabetes requires constant self-monitoring and self-management behaviors for the diagnosed individuals. Keeping up with everyday life hassles in addition to maintaining such a strict healthcare regimen can be a stressful experience, but studies now show that chronic stress may be linked to worsened health outcomes for type 1 diabetic patients. There are, however, barriers that prevent self-management behaviors, causing detrimental and even fatal health outcomes, My research seeks to bridge the gap between having a chronic disease and understanding what types of stressors prevent optimum health.


Doctorate of Philosophy. University of California at Merced, 2022
Major: Psychological Sciences
Concentration: Health Psychology

Masters of Arts. Texas State University, 2016
Major: Psychological Research
Thesis: Barriers Associated with Treatment Adherence and Hemoglobin A1c in Diabetic Populations
3.81 GPA

Bachelors of Science. Abilene Christian University, 2014
Major: Psychology Minor: Biblical Text
3.91 GPA - Summa Cum Laude

Gray, A., Ramos, S., Howard, K., Bryson. B., Ellis, H. (2016). The Pain Disability Questionnaire (PDQ): Evaluating the efficacy of the psychosocial and functional scales for 12-month post-treatment outcomes following total knee arthroplasty. Accepted to Current Orthopedic Practice.

Howard, K. J., Castaneda, R. A., Gray, A. L., Haskard-Zolnierek, K. B., & Jordan, K. (2017). Psychosocial factors related to functional restoration treatment completion and return-to-function for patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(3), 320-326. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000953

Howard, K., Gray, A., Ramos, S., & Ellis, H. (2016). The Pain Disability Questionnaire (PDQ): Evaluation of its utility for pre-surgical and one-year post-surgical physical and psychosocial outcomes for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty. Current Orthopaedic Practice. 27(4), 420-426. doi: 10.1097/BCO.0000000000000384

Gray, A., Haskard-Zolnierek, K., & Howard, K. Evaluating barriers to medication adherence: A comparison of patients with psychological versus physical illness. In progress. (To be submitted to Patient Preference and Adherence in summer 2018).

McNair Scholar (2014) – Abilene Christian University Chapter
University Scholar (2014) – Abilene Christian University
Dean’s List (2010-2014) – Abilene Christian University
Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society (2010-2014) – Abilene Christian University
ACU Public Speaking Contest in memory of Lindsay Smith (2013)

ACU Psychology Club: Chaplain (2012-2013)
Duties: Organized weekly chapel and kept students informed of Psychology Club activities and community involvement.

ACU Psychology Club: Vice President (2013-2014)
Duties: Promoted Psychology Club activities and managed club advertisements

Black Students’ Association: Treasurer (2013-2014)
Duties: Managed BSA budget and funded events and organized fundraiser events

Society of Behavioral Medicine
Southwestern Psychological Association

Dr. Deborah Wiebe
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