DeLeon L. Gray, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Co-Founder
(Curriculum Vitae)

DeLeon Gray is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. He has previously held appointments at the Association for Psychological Science, the American Institutes for Research, and the National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on the ways in which students’ achievement motivation and in-school behavior may be traced back to interpretations of their own social encounters. His research program has been recognized by the receipt of prestigious honors including the Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations Award (RiSE-UP) from the Association for Psychological Science, and dissertation fellowships from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation and the American Education Research Association (AERA). Most recently, he received the AERA Division E 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Human Development and the 2013 Loadman Outstanding Dissertation Award in Educational Psychology and Philosophy from The Ohio State University. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) (B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies) and The Ohio State University (M.A., Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement; Ph.D., Educational Psychology). His work appears in Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and Educational Psychology Review, and other peer-reviewed outlets. DeLeon enjoys bowling, karaoke, performing stand-up comedy, and having a winning fantasy football team.