James H. Bray, Ph.D. will join The University of Texas at San Antonio as Chair of the Psychology Department in August 2017. Dr. Bray will establish the UTSA Family Psychology Health Laboratory to continue his research on the impact of family transitions and relationship factors on children, adolescents and adults. He will also pursue continued work on psychosocial and family factors associated with adolescent substance use and abuse.
Dr. Bray is currently an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bray serves on the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association for the Division on Addictions. He was the 2015 President of the Texas Psychological Association and the 2009 President of the American Psychological Association. His presidential themes were the Future of Psychology Practice and Science and Psychology’s Contribution to Ending Homelessness. He is also president of the Division of Professional Practice of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Dr. Bray’s NIH funded research focuses on adolescent substance use, divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies. He has published over 200 articles in major journal and books. He was the director of a federal HRSA faculty development program for physicians and was the director of the SAMSHA funded project on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) project. He is a pioneer in collaborative healthcare and primary care psychology. He has presented his work in 20 countries. He also maintains an active clinical practice focusing on families and health psychology.