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James H. Bray, Ph.D.

James H. Bray, Ph.D.


James H. Bray, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. Dr. Bray is a Houston-area native. He completed his PhD at the University of Houston in 1980.

Dr. Bray was 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.  Dr. Bray’s NIH funded research focuses on adolescent substance use, divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies.  He is a pioneer in collaborative health care and primary care psychology.  He has presented his work in 20 countries. In addition to his internationally recognized research, he maintains an active clinical practice focusing on families and couples and behavioral medicine.

Prior to joining Fertitta Family College of Medicine, he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas San Antonio and he is associate professor emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine, having spent over 20 years in primary care.