About Tamryn Gray, PhD, RN, MPH

Tamryn Gray is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School within the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Department of Medicine (Division of Palliative Medicine) at BWH. She also holds joint roles as a research scientist within the Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Nursing and Patient Services Research and a clinical-administrative role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies, Department of Medical Oncology at DFCI.

She earned her undergraduate and MSN degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MPH at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a focus in Clinical and Social Epidemiology, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gray has published peer-reviewed articles and co-authored book chapters on topics related to solid tumors, palliative care, hematologic malignancies with a special emphasis on patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and family caregivers of people with cancer. She has received grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Oncology Nursing Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Oppenheimer Family POPC Research Grants Program, and is a past Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Research Scholar. Dr. Gray also serves as the Co-Chair for the Caregiver Special Interest Group within the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Her clinical expertise is hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplantation, and she spent several years practicing in these areas at Duke University Hospital.

Research Interests

Dr. Gray’s research interests include patient-family centered care, disparities, and health services research. She uses mixed methods, big data, policy, and implementation science to understand and leverage the complex medical, decisional, financial, psychosocial, and socio-epidemiological factors influencing health and health care to improve health outcomes, patient-family centered care, care delivery, and quality of life in patients and their caregivers in the context of serious-illness across the care continuum. Currently, Dr. Gray’s research focuses on the needs of family caregivers who are most vulnerable to caregiver burden and poor quality of life. She seeks to develop and test innovative, supportive care interventions to improve outcomes of patients and their family caregivers.

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