Dr Elaine Gray

Outreach Coordinator

Background

In 2021, I joined the Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students (TEAMS) project in Moray House School of Education as the project's Outreach Coordinator. TEAMS addresses the need to understand the challenges and opportunities for teachers and schools as they respond to the increased number of migrant pupils in classrooms. I work closely with school staff and pupils to organise knowledge exchange activities. 
 
I previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Clinical Psychology with Prof Stella Chan (Clinical Psychology) and Dr Heather Whalley (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) from the Emotional Vulnerability in Adolescence research team (EVA). I worked on various projects during this post, including a Wellcome Trust-funded project, In Search of Vulnerability Mechanisms, which aimed to identify factors that will help us understand why some young people experience low mood more often than others. I also worked on an ESRC-funded citizen science project, Project Soothe, to examine the self-soothe experience using soothing images, and on a collaborative study within the Sleep, Circadian Rhythms And Mental Health in Schools (SCRAMS) project, which examined the general public's knowledge of the links between adolescent sleep and mental health and their views on school day start times. 
 
I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College) in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Sara Baker. My PhD was funded by the LEGO Foundation and I was a member of the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL). My work examined the role of executive function, metacognition, and support type in preschoolers’ ability to solve physics tasks. Prior to this, I worked as a research assistant at the Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments lab (OSCCI) with Prof Dorothy Bishop at the University of Oxford. I worked on a project examining whether there is a genetic basis for language difficulties and the language phenotypes of children with a sex chromosome trisomy. Before moving to Oxford I worked as a research assistant at the University of Dundee with Dr Lynne Duncan examining children's reading development and with Dr Emese Nagy examining neonates' imitative gestures. I completed the MSc in Psychological Research Methods (obtaining a Distinction) and the MA in Psychology (obtaining a First) at the University of Dundee.