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Bernadette Gray-Little

Chancellor, University of Kansas

Bernadette Gray-Little

Bernadette Gray-Little was named the 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas in August 2009.

Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, she was a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill before being named to several top administrative posts there, including executive vice chancellor and provost.

Her postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology was funded by a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation for study in Denmark. Bernadette has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship.

Bernadette’s research falls primarily into three areas. She has studied the relevance of the client and clinician’s ethnic/racial membership to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorder, the factors associated with self-esteem in children and adolescents of varied ethnic groups, and decision-making and relationship satisfaction among couples.

Bernadette earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from St. Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marywood College.


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