About the College

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray-Stanley

Title: Assistant Professor
DivisionNursing & Health Studies
Unit: Public Health
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 250
Office Phone: (815) 753-4801
Office Fax: (815) 753-5406

Courses Taught

  • PHHE 461,  Principles of the Organization of Public Health & Public Health Care Programs
  • PHHE 607,  Health Services Management
  • PHHE 655,  Human Resources Management in the Health Care Setting


PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Public Health, concentration in Gerontology 

MPP, University of Chicago
Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy
Public Policy, certificate in Health Administration & Policy

BA, University of Notre Dame
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Government, second major in Theology

Research Interests

  • Long-term care workforce:  work stress and end-of-life services challenges 
  • Health promotion behaviors of older adults and people with disabilities 
  • Access to health services for persons with disabilities

Research Projects

Gray-Stanley, J. “Bereavement Training Needs for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).” Spring 2012. NIU College of Health and Human Sciences Research Grant.

Gray-Stanley, J. NIU Great Journeys Assistantship. AY 2011-2012 & 2012-2013.

“Developing Stress Management Programming for Direct Care Workers.” Principal Investigator. Summer 2010. NIU Summer Research & Artistry Grant.

"Stress Management of Direct Care Workers Serving Adults Aging with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities." Principal Investigator. (Co-PI: Naoko Muramatsu). 9/1/2005 -8/31/2006. National Institute of Aging, Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion.

“Identifying Staff Stress Management Best Practices Programs in Organizations Serving Individuals with ID/DD: A Cross-Cultural Analysis.” Principal Investigator. Fall, 2007. Rosemary F. Dybwad International Fellowship Trust, Inc.

Selected Publications

Gray, J., & Muramatsu, N. (in press). When the Job Has Lost Its Appeal: Intentions to Quit Among Direct Care Workers. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Gray, J., Zimmerman, J., & Rimmer, J. (2012). Built environment instruments for walkability, bikeability, and recreation: disability and universal design relevant? Disability & Health Journal. 5: 87-101.

Gray-Stanley, J., & Muramatsu, N. (2011). Work stress, burnout, and social and personal resources among direct care workers. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 32: 1065-1074.

Gray-Stanley, J., Muramatsu, N., Heller, T., Hughes, S., Johnson, T., & Ramirez-Valles, J. (2010).  Work stress and depression among direct support professionals serving adults aging with intellectual/developmental disabilities: The role of work support and locus of control. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 54 (8): 749-761.

Rimmer, J., Hsieh, K., Graham, B., Gerber, B., & Gray-Stanley, J. (2010). Removal of barriers to physical activity in obese African American women with mobility disabilities participating in a telephone-based physical activity coaching intervention. Journal of Women’s Health, 9 (10): 1869-1876.

Rimmer, J. & Gray-Stanley, J. “Physical Activity and Sport for People with Disabilities.” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice. (Frontera, W.R, ed.) (2009). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Gray-Stanley, J., Rimmer, J., Haugen, B. & McCall, M. (2009). Examination of built environment instruments addressing health promoting behaviors. Disability & Health Journal. 2 (1): e13.

Gray-Stanley, J., Feng, Q., Rimmer, J., Wang, E., McCall, M., & Haugen, B. (2008). Barriers associated with general activity levels in adults with mobility disabilities and extreme obesity: Implications for coaching interventions. Disability & Health Journal. 2 (1): e13.

Gray, J., & Puente, S. (1996). Introduction to special issue on Hispanic/Latino health outcomes research. Journal of Medical Systems. 20 (5): 229-233.