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Having grown up in South Africa, Dr Debra Gray completed a B.Comm (Hons) Psychology, an MA in Psychological Research Methods, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. Her PhD, supervised by Professor Kevin Durrheim, was a discursive investigation of the practice of completing a right-wing authoritarianism scale.

On completing her PhD (awarded 2005), Debra worked as a researcher and Junior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UKZN, before moving to the UK to take up a position as a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, where she worked on a project evaluating integrated sexual health service provision. From 2006, she was a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of the West of England, where she developed a research profile in political and community psychology.

She joined the University of Winchester in 2013 and is currently Reader in Psychology. Until recently she was Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Debra is an affiliated member of the University's Health and Wellbeing Research Group.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Selected publications

  • Topping, M., Gray, D., Friend, E., Davies, A. and Ramage, J. (in press) A systematic review of symptoms and quality of life issues in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. Neuroendocrinology.
  • Gray, D. and Manning, R. (forthcoming). "Oh my god, we’re not doing nothing: Young people’s experiences of spatial regulation. British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Gray, D. and Griffin, C. (forthcoming). Citizenship-as-Identity in British political discourse: New Labour and the UK Citizenship test. British Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Gray, D., van Loggerenberg, F., Gengiah, S., Kunene, P., Gengiah, T.N., MClinPharm, Naidoo, K., Grant, A. (2015) A qualitative study of patient motivation to adhere to Combination Antiretroviral Therapy in South Africa. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 29 (5), 299-306.
  • Matthews, L., Gray, D., Gray, S. and Lawrence, L. (2013) Postpartum MMR immunisation rates in rubella-susceptible antenatal women. British Journal of Midwifery, 21 (1). 16-22.
  • Gray, D., and Durrheim, K. (2012). Collective Rights and Personal Freedoms: A Discursive Analysis of Participant Accounts of Authoritarianism. Political Psychology.
  • Matthews, L.A., Lawrance, L.M., Gray, D. and Gray, S. (2011). An audit of rubella IgG antibody status in antenatal women in the Cwm Taf (south) NHS trust over a five year period (2005 2009). Epidemiology and Infection, 319 (11). 1720-26.
  • Gray D., Mercer C.H., Graham A., French R.S., Salisbury C. and the One-Stop Shop Evaluation Team. Under one roof? A population-based survey of patient use and preference for one stop shops for sexual health. (2009). Primary Health Care Research.
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