DeLeon L. Gray


Assistant Professor

Department/Program Affiliations

Educational Psychology

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 
NCSU Box 7801, Raleigh, NC 27695
Poe Hall Room 602K
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Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Educational Psychology
M.A. The Ohio State University, Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement,
B.A. University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC), Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychological Foundations of Education)


Research Description: 

Dr. Gray’s research program examines how adolescents and emerging adults perceive and interpret their social encounters in achievement contexts, and whether these mental representations account for their achievement beliefs and behaviors. Currently, his research program is comprised of two components. The first component includes investigations highlighting the role of social identity processes in achievement contexts, particularly in terms of students’ strivings to “stand out” and “fit in” within their peer circles. The second component of Dr. Gray’s research focuses on understanding students’ judgments about socializers (e.g., teachers, parents, and mentors), and students’ interpretations of the messages that these socializers convey about scholastic achievement. Dr. Gray’s research program ultimately will serve as a platform for collaborating with practicing teachers and administrators on initiatives that encourage students to make engaging in scholastic activities a priority.

Courses Taught

Professional Presentations & Publications

Professional Presentations & Publications: 

Gray, D. L. (2014). Understanding STEM-focused high school students’ perceptions of task importance: The role of “standing out” and “fitting in” in mathematics class. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 39, 29-41. doi: 10.1016/j.cedpsych.2013.12.001

Gray, D. L., & Rios, K. (2012). Achievement motivation as a function of assimilation and differentiation needs. Zeitschrift für Psychologie (Journal of Psychology), 220, 157-163. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000108

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