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James H. Bray, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair
Department of Psychology

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Phone: 210-458-7352
Office: MH 4.04.54
Office hours: By appointment

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  • Biography

    James H. Bray, Ph.D. joined 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.

    Before joining UTSA, Dr. Bray was 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.  


    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1980, University of Houston
    • M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1978, University of Houston
    • B.S., Psychology, 1976, University of Houston
  • Recent Courses

    • 4953 Sp Studies: Couple and Family PSY
  • Research in Progress

    Current Grants

    PAMPERRS— Pregnant and Mothers Postpartum Enhanced Recovery-oriented Residential Services
         Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant 1H79TI026787
         September 29, 2017 to September 30, 2022
         Annual funding $524,00 per year for five years; $169,108 to UTSA
         Role: Project Director
  • Recent Publications

    • Bray, J. H., & Stanton, M. (Eds.) (2009).  Handbook of Family Psychology.  London: Wiley. 
    • Bray, J. H. (2010). The future of psychology practice and science. American Psychologist, 65, 355-369.
    • Bray, J. H., Kowalchuk, A. K., Waters, V., Laufman, L., & Shilling, E. H. (2012). Baylor SBIRT medical residency training program: Model description and initial evaluation. Substance Abuse, 33, 231-240. DOI:10.1080/08897077.2011.640160
    • Pequegnat, W. & Bray, J. H. (2012). HIV/STD prevention interventions for couples and families: A review and introduction to the special issue. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 79-93. DOI: 10.1037/a0028682
    • Bray, J. H. & Link, A. (2014).  Collaborations across and within systems that provide services to families without homes.  Chapter in M. Haskett, S. Perlman & B. A. Cowan (Eds.) Supporting Homeless Families: Current Practices and Future Directions (pp. 105-120). New York: Springer Publishing.
    • Pringle, J.L., Seale, J.P., Shellenberger, S., Grasso, K.M., Kowalchuk, A., Laufman, L. & Bray, J.H., Aldridge, A. (2016). Development and evaluation of two instruments for assessing SBIRT competency.  Substance Abuse, 36, 1-5.
    • Bray, J. H. (2016). Primary care settings. Chapter in APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Volume I. Clinical Psychology:  Roots and Branches (pp. 463-475).  Editors-in-Chief:  John C. Norcross, Gary R. VandenBos, & Donald K. Freedheim; Associate Editor for Volume I: Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez.
    • Ponce, A.N., Cowan, B.A., Toro, P.A., Schumacher, J.E., You, Z., Gross, S.Z., Bray, J.H., Aralis, H.,  & Milburn, N.G. (2017). Psychologist’s roles in ending homelessness. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 26, 78. DOI: 10.1080/10530789.2017.1349597.
    • Phelps, R., Bray, J. H., Kearney, L. K. (2017). A quarter century of psychological practice. American Psychologist, 72, 822-836. DOI:
    • Bray, J.H. (2017). Science for prescribing: forward.  Chapter in Mark Muse (Ed.) Cognitive behavioral psychopharmacology: The clinical practice of evidence-based biopsychosocial integration. New York: Wiley.
    • Bray, J. H. (2018, in press). Stepfamilies and blended families.  In Bornstein, M. H. (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
    • Bray, J. H. (2018, in press). Remarriage and stepfamilies.  In Fiese, B H. (Ed.) APA Handbook of contemporary family psychology. Washington, DC: APA Books.
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