Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Principal Investigator: Dr. Matt J Gray

University of Wyoming
Department of Psychology, Dept. 3415
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2927


Graduate Students

  • Stephanie Amaya M.S.
  • Riley Hoogerwerf
  • Natalie Poole


Current and Recent Lab Research Activities

  • Development and evaluation of interventions to reduce rape supportive beliefs
  • Association of rape myth endorsement and reactions to peer assault disclosure
  • Enhancing bystander efficacy and intent to prevent assault
  • Telehealth-delivered treatment for partner violence and sexual assault
  • Cognitive appraisals and posttraumatic adjustment



            Gray, M., Hassija, C. & *Steinmetz, S. (in press). Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses. Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

            Litz, B., Lebowitz, L. & Gray, M., Nash, W. (2015). Adaptive Disclosure: A combat-specific PTSD treatment. Guilford Press.


Journal Articles:

             Steinmetz, S., Gray, M., Raymond, E. (2019). Reducing rape-related attitudes utilizing a cognitive dissonance paradigm. Violence Against Women, 25, 1739-1758.

                Gray, M., Litz, B. & Nash, W. (2017). When self-blame is rational and appropriate: The limited utility of Socratic questioning in the context of moral injury. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24, 383-387.

            *Steinmetz, S. & Gray, M. (2015). Treatment for distress associated with accurate appraisals of self-blame for moral transgressions.  Current Psychiatry Reviews, 11, 207-219.

            Gray, M., Hassija, C., *Jaconis, M., *Barrett, C., *Zheng, P., *Steinmetz, S. & James, T. (2015). Provision of evidence-based therapies to rural survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault via telehealth: Treatment outcomes and clinical training benefits.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9, 235-241.

            *Zheng, P. & Gray, M. (2015). Posttraumatic coping and distress: An evaluation of Western conceptualization of trauma and its applicability to Chinese culture.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 723-736.

            *Paul, L., Kehn, A., Gray, M., Salapska-Gelleri, J. (2014). Perceptions of, and assistance provided to, a hypothetical rape victim: Differences between rape disclosure recipients and non-recipients. The Journal of American College Health, 62, 426-433.

            *Zheng, P. & Gray, M. (2014). Telehealth-Based Therapy for Connecting Rural Mandarin-Speaking Traumatized Clients with a Mandarin-Speaking Therapist, Clinical Case Studies, 13, 514-527.

            *Hassija, C. & Gray, M. (2013). Adaptive variants of controllability attributions among survivors of sexual assault.  International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6, 342-357.

            *Joseph, J. & Gray, M. (2014). A pilot intervention targeting attributional style and rigidity following traumatic event exposure. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy, 6, 708-715.

            *Mileviciute, I., Trujillo, J. & Gray, M., Scott, W. (2013). The role of explanatory style and negative life events in depression: A cross-sectional study with youth from a North American Plains reservation. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 20, 42-58.

            *Joseph, J., Gray, M. & Mayer, J. (2013).  Addressing sexual assault within social systems: System justification as a barrier to college prevention efforts. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 22, 493-509.

             Gray, M., Schorr, Y., Nash, W., Lebowitz, L., Lansing, A., Maglione, M., Lang, A. & Litz, B. (2012). Adaptive Disclosure: An open trial of a novel exposure-based intervention for service members with combat-related psychological stress injuries. Behavior Therapy, 43, 407-415.

            *Hassija, C. & Gray, M. (2012). Negative social reactions to assault disclosure as a mediator between self-blame and posttraumatic stress symptoms among survivors of interpersonal assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 3425-3441.

            *Joseph, J. & Gray, M. (2011). The utility of measuring explanatory flexibility in PTSD research. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 372-380.

            *Hassija, C. & Gray, M. (2011). The effectiveness and feasibility of videoconferencing technology to provide evidence-based treatment to rural domestic violence and sexual assault populations. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17, 309-315.

            *Paul, L. & Gray, M. (2011). Sexual assault programming on college campuses: Using social psychological belief and behavior change principles to improve outcomes. Trauma, Violence and Abuse 12, 99-109.

            Steenkamp, M., Litz, B., Gray, M., Lebowitz, L., Nash, W., Conoscenti, L., Lang, A., & Amidon, A. (2011). A brief exposure-based intervention for service members with PTSD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18, 98-107.

            *Hassija, C. & Gray, M. (2010). Are cognitive techniques and interventions necessary? A case for the utility of cognitive approaches in the treatment of PTSD. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 112-127.

            *Paul, L., Gray, M., Elhai, J., & Davis, J. L. (2009). Perception of peer rape myth acceptance and disclosure among college sexual assault survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy, 1, 231-241.


*graduate student co-author

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1000 E University Ave.

Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303

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