Drug & Addiction
Division web sites:
Expressions of Addiction
Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Division on Addiction
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Heather Gray is Associate Director of Academic
Affairs at the Division
on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard
Medical School Teaching Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
She received her PhD in social psychology from Harvard University in 2006
and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Boston University Health
and Disability Research Institute.
Dr. Gray joined the Division during 2008. She has collaborated with her
Division colleagues to study the development of, and recovery from,
addictive disorders. In particular, she has studied how social networks and
personal identities relate to alcohol and other drug use behavior. She has
completed program evaluation to document how people change their lives after
completing substance use disorder and wellness interventions. In
collaboration with Internet and land-based gambling operators in the US and
internationally, Dr. Gray has studied how people gamble and respond to
interventions designed to promote responsible gambling.
In her role as Associate Director of Academic Affairs at
the Division, Dr. Gray serves as Course Director of our annual live course,
Addiction Medicine: A Case-based Approach.
She also serves as Course Director for a Harvard Medical School online CME
Gambling Disorder in Your Practice. This course aims to provide
non-specialists with tools for assessing and responding to gambling
disorders among their patients. Dr. Gray serves as the Senior Editor of The
Brief Addiction Science Information Source (The
BASIS). She encourages others to help advance the Division's mission by
coordinating the Division's Undergraduate
Summer Mentorship and Visiting Scholars programs, which bring
undergraduate students and researchers to the Division to become partners in
our ongoing research projects.
- Gray, H. M., Shaffer, P. M., Nelson, S. E., & Shaffer, H. J. (In
Press). Changing social networks among homeless individuals: A
prospective evaluation of a job- and life-skills training program.
Community Mental Health Journal.
- Gray, H. M., Tom, M., LaPlante, D. A., & Shaffer, H. J. (In Press).
Using opinions and knowledge to identify natural groups of gambling
employees. Journal of Gambling Studies, Online First. doi: 10.1007/s10899-014-9490-1
- Shaffer, H. J., Gray, H. M., Nelson, S. E., & LaPlante, D. A. (In
Press). Technology, the Internet, and gambling: How the medium can
facilitate addiction, adaptation, and intervention. In D. Faust, K.
Faust & M. N. Potenza (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Digital
Technologies and Mental Health: Oxford University Press.
- Gray, H.M., Jonsson, G.K., LaPlante, D.A., & Shaffer, H.J. (2015).
Expanding the study in Internet gambling behavior: Trends within the
Icelandic lottery and sportsbetting platform. Journal of Gambling
Studies, 31(2), 483-499.
- Planzer, S., Gray, H. M, & Shaffer, H. J. (2014). Associations
between National gambling policies and disordered gambling prevalence
rates within Europe. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry,
37(2), 217-229. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.11.002
- LaPlante, D. A., Nelson, S. E., & Gray, H. M. (2013). Breadth and
depth involvement: Understanding Internet gambling involvement and its
relationship to gambling problems. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,
Online First. doi: 10.1037/a0033810
- Gray, H. M., LaPlante, D. A., & Shaffer, H. J. (2012). Behavioral
characteristics of Internet gamblers who trigger corporate responsible
gambling interventions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Online First. doi: 10.1037/a0028545
- Nelson, S. E., Gray, H. M., Maurice, I. R., & Shaffer, H. J. (2012).
Moving ahead: Evaluation of a work-skills training program for homeless
adults. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(6), 711-722.
- Gray, H. M., Ishii, K., & Ambady, M. (2011).
Misery loves company: When sadness increases the desire for social
connectedness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(11),
1438-1448. doi: 10.1177/0146167211420167
- Gray, H. M., LaPlante, D. A., Bannon,
B. L., Ambady, N., & Shaffer, H. J. (2011). Development and validation
of the Alcohol Identity Implicit Associations Test (AI-IAT).
Addictive Behaviors, 36(9), 919-926.
- LaPlante, D. A., Gray, H. M., LaBrie,
R. A., Kleschinsky, J. H., & Shaffer, H. J. (2011 Online First). Gambling
industry employees' responses to responsible gambling training: A public health imperative. Journal of Gambling
Studies, DOI: 10.1007/s10899-011-9255-z.
- Gray, H. M., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2010). A meta-analysis of
performance on emotion recognition tasks in
Parkinsonís disease. Neuropsychology, 24(2), 176-191.
- LaPlante, D. A., Gray, H. M., Bosworth, L. B., & Shaffer, H. J. (2010). Thirty years of lottery public health research: Methodological
strategies and trends. Journal of Gambling Studies, 26(2), 301-329.
- Gray, H. M., Mendes, W. B., & Denny-Brown, C. (2008). An in-group advantage
in detecting intergroup anxiety. Psychological Science, 19,
- Mendes, W. B., Gray, H. M., Mendoza-Denton, R., Major, B., & Epel,
E. S. (2008). Why egalitarianism might be good for your health:
Physiological thriving during stressful intergroup encounters.
Psychological Science, 11, 991-998.
- Gray, H. M. (2008). To what extent, and under what conditions, are
first impressions valid? In N. Ambady & J. Skowronski (Eds.), First
Impressions. New York: Guilford.
2007 and earlier
- Gray, H. M., Gray, K., & Wegner, D. M. (2007). Dimensions of mind
perception. Science, 315, 619.
- Gray, H. M. & Ambady, N. (2006). Methods for the study of nonverbal
behavior. In V. Manusov & M. L. Patterson (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of
Nonverbal Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Choi, Y. S., Gray, H. M. & Ambady, N. (2005). The glimpsed world:
Unintended communication and unintended perception. In R. Hassin, J.
Bargh, & J. Uleman (Eds.), The New Unconscious. New York: Oxford.
- Gray, H. M., Ambady, N., & Lowenthal, W. T., & Deldin, P. (2004).
P300 as an index of attention to self-relevant stimuli. Journal of
Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 216-224.
- Ambady, N., & Gray, H. M. (2002). On being sad and mistaken: Mood
effects on the accuracy of thin-slice judgments. Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology, 83, 947-961.
- Shih, M., Ambady, N., Richeson, J. A., Fujita, K., & Gray, H. M.
(2002). Stereotype performance boosts: The impact of self-relevancy and
the manner of stereotype activation. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 83, 638-647.