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Christine L Gray

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute


Dr. Christine (Chris) Gray is an assistant research professor in the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) in the Duke Global Health Institute. She earned her PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and her MPH from Emory University. She has been working with CHPIR since 2014, when she began analytic work on the longitudinal Positive Outcomes for Orphans cohort study as a doctoral student.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Chris worked for nearly a decade in public health, including completion of a three-year, post-masters fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and as a program manager and scientist with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. During her doctoral studies, Chris also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for four years examining how simultaneous exposure to multiple environmental domains affects human health. Broadly, her research examines the role of social-environmental structures that drive disparities in mental health and well-being in vulnerable populations, particularly pediatric populations.

As an epidemiologist, Chris has great appreciation for study design, analysis, and the capacity for data to inform public health policies and practice. As a human, she understands the importance of contextualizing quantitative data with lived experiences.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health · 2019 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2017 Ph.D.