Dr. Laura Gray is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing psycho-educational evaluations for children and adolescents. She enjoys working with youth with learning challenges (reading/writing difficulties), attention difficulties, and executive functioning challenges. She especially enjoys helping clients and their families understand the impact of anxiety and mood/behavior challenges on academic functioning. Dr. Gray focuses on providing exceptional clinical services with a warm, supportive, family-focused manner with all clients and families.
EDUCATION: The George Washington University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; Miami University (OH), B.A. in Psychology, Psychology Honors.
PREDOCTORAL TRAINING: Children’s National Medical Center in the Department of Pediatric Neuropsychology, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Division of Pain Medicine; National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health – Neuropsychology Group.
INTERNSHIP: Boston Children’s Hospital- Harvard Medical School
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
CREDENTIALS: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the State of Maryland
SERVICES PROVIDED: Psychoeducational Testing, Admission Testing, IQ/gifted testing, Social/Emotional Testing for Children and Adolescents.
- Dyslexia & other Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Executive Functioning
- Cognitive Functioning
- Cognitive Testing (i.e., IQ testing)
- Behavior Problems
- Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Dr. Gray is trained in administration of psychoeducational (cognition and learning) and comprehensive psychological evaluations (examining cognition, learning & social, emotional and behavioral factors). She specializes in working with students who are struggling in school due to difficulties with learning, inattention, and/or executive functioning challenges (e.g., difficulty planning, organizing, initiating tasks). Dr. Gray works often with students struggling with sad, irritable or angry mood, anxiety, or perfectionism. She recognizes the complex interplay among academic and social stressors, difficulties with learning/attention, psychological factors (anxiety, low mood) and understanding how these factors may impact the student’s achievement, psychological well-being, and quality of life.
Dr. Gray strives to meet clients and families where they are and provide a hopeful path forward, understanding that most have experienced years of frustration and discouragement leading up to this evaluation. Dr. Gray provides is approachable and warm, helping children to become quickly comfortable with the testing process. She prides herself in providing individualized approach to each client, being detail-oriented and thorough. Her goal is to provide families with a comprehensive, detailed, and easy-to-read report, so parents leave with a rich understanding of their child’s unique style of thinking, learning, and behaving, including their areas of strengths and difficulties. She incorporates her training as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) to help families understand the links among thoughts, behaviors and mood and how they impact their approach to school and social interactions. She strives to include thoughtful and applicable recommendations, so families leave with a clear path forward to reach their goals.
Dr. Gray lives with her husband and three young children (elementary and preschool ages), who keep her active and creative as she navigates the adventures of parenting. In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, and playing games. She also serves in several elected positions on psychology associations and enjoys writing parenting support articles for various platforms.
Laura S. Gray, PhD, Behavioral Pain Medicine
Dr. Gray is a pediatric psychologist who completed her graduate school training in clinical psychology at The George Washington University, with internship training at Boston Children’s Hospital and went on to complete a pediatric pain fellowship at the Pain Treatment Service also at Boston Children’s Hospital. She provides behavioral treatments to patients with chronic pain conditions, acute and chronic headaches, concussions, and other nervous system disorders including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) . Dr. Gray works as part of several interdisciplinary teams to provide evidence-based interventions for patients struggling with chronic pain. Her interventions include behavioral pain management strategies incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and biofeedback. Dr. Gray also provides pediatric psychology training and supervision for psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows, and externs. Dr. Gray is also an active participant in the Society of Pediatric Psychology and serves as the Pediatric Pain Special Interest Group Clinical Chair. Additionally, she serves as Secretary for the Maryland Psychology Association Board of Directors. Her clinical and research interests include the impact of pain on social, emotional, and academic functioning, the associations of perfectionism and pain, and interventions that help improve patients’ quality of life.