Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Bernadette Gray-Little

17th Chancellor of the University of Kansas


230 Strong Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
p 785-864-3131
f 785-864-4120


Ph.D. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Field: Psychology
Psychology Internship, Malcolm Bliss Hospital, St. Louis, MO

M. S. Psychology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 1968
A. B. Psychology, (High Honors), Marywood College, Scranton, PA 1966

Employment History

University of Kansas
Chancellor 2009-present
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 2006-2009
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 2004-2006
Executive Associate Provost 2001-2004
Senior Associate Dean - Undergraduate Education 1999-2001
Chair, Department of Psychology 1993-1998
Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology 1983-93
Professor, Assistant to Full, Psychology, University of North Carolina 1971-1982
Assistant Director and Supervisor, Family Practice Center 1971-76

Specialized Training

SACS Re-accreditation Training 2003
Department Chairs Leadership Workshop (Gmelch) 2003
Development Workshop , UNC-CH 2002
AACU Conference on Curriculum Reform 2000
Executive Coaching, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) 2001
Benchmark Certification, Center for Creative Leadership 2000
Leadership Development Program, CCL, Colorado Springs 1999
Training for Leadership Development, CCL, Greensboro, NC 1998
Certificate, Bridges Program in Academic Leadership for Women 1993

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Service Award, UNC General Alumni Association 2009
Order of the Grail-Valkyries Honorary Society 2008
Order of the Golden Fleece #1810, UNC-Chapel Hill 2007
Frank Porter Graham Honor Society, UNC-Chapel Hill 2007
William Stauder Alumni Merit Award, St. Louis University 1997
Distinguished Alumna, Marywood College 1996
Kenan competitive Research Leave 1994
National Research Council- Ford Foundation Senior Fellow 1982
Spencer Foundation Young Scholars Awards 1982
Fulbright Fellow, University of Copenhagen 1970
Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi  
Fellow, American Psychological Association  

Editorial & Review

Associate Editor, American Psychologist 1989-2005
Consulting Editor, Professional Psychology 1994-96
Consulting Editor, Psychological Assessment
Ad hoc Reviewer: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Psychological Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Family Psychology

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 12)
Licensed as a Practicing Psychologist by the NC State Board
AAU provosts
Advisory Board Company - University Leadership Council

Selected Publications

Gray-Little, B. (In press). Diversity in research universities. Research Library Issues.

Gray-Little, B. (2009). The assessment of psychopathology in racial and ethnic minorities. In J. N. Butcher (ed.), Clinical personality assessment: Practical Applications. 3rd Ed. NY: Oxford, pp 402-420.

Hamby, S. L. & Gray-Little, B. (2007) Can Battered Women Cope? A Critical Analysis of Research on Women's Responses to Violence. In K. Kendall-Tackett & S. Giacomoni (eds.), Intimate partner violence. Civic Research Institute, Inc., Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute, Inc., pp. 28-1--28-15. Reprinted (2009). Family and Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.

Williford, L. & Gray-Little, B. Faculty Salary Equity: A Study by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost., November 2002.

Hafdahl, A. R. & Gray-Little, B. (2002). Explicating methods in reviews of race and self-esteem. Psychological Bulletin 128(3), 409-416.

Hamby, S. L. & Gray-Little, B. (2002). Labeling partner violence. In D. Schichor & S. G. Tibbets Victims and Victimization. Waveland Press, Prospects Heights, IL, pp. 155-169.

Gray-Little, B. (2002). The assessment of psychopathology in racial and ethnic minorities. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Clinical personality assessment: Practical Applications. 2nd Edition. NY: Oxford, pp. 171-189.

Pukkila, P. J., Taylor, D. E., Gray-little, B. (2001). Why establish an Office of Undergraduate Research? Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, June, pp. 177-179.

Gray-Little, B., & Hafdahl, A. R., (2000). Factors influencing racial comparisons of self-esteem: A quantitative synthesis. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 26-54.

Hamby, S. L. & Gray-Little, B. (2000). Labeling partner violence: when do we differentiate among acts? Victims and Violence, 15, 173-186.

Gray-Little, B. & Kaplan, D .A. (2000). Ethnicity and race and psychotherapy research. In C. R. Snyder & R. E. Ingram (Eds.), Handbook of psychological change. New York: Wiley, pp. 591-613.

Gray-Little, B. & Kaplan, D. A. (1998). The interpretation of psychological tests in diagnostic and forensic evaluations. In C. Frisby et al. (Eds.), Test interpretations for diverse individuals. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 141-178.

Hersh, K. & Gray-Little, B. (1998). Personality traits and attitudes associated with self-reported sexual aggression in college men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 13 (4).

Hamby, S. L., & Gray-Little, B. (1997). Responses to partner violence: moving away from deficit models. Journal of Family Psychology, 11, 339-350.

Gray-Little, B., Williams, V. S., & Hancock, T. (1997). An IRT analysis of the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25 (5), 445-451.

Gray-Little, B. & Carels, R. (1997). The effects of racial dissonance on academic self-esteem and achievement in elementary, junior high, and high school students. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 7(2), 109-131.

Gray-Little, B., Baucom, D. H., Hamby, S. (1996). Marital power, marital adjustment, and treatment outcome. Journal of Family Psychology, 10, 292-303.

Hamby, S. L., Poindexter, V. C., and Gray-Little, B. (1996). Four measures of partner violence: Construct similarity and classification differences. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58, 127-139.

Gray-Little, B. (1995). The assessment of psychopathology in racial and ethnic minorities. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Practical considerations in clinical personality assessment. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Gray-Little, B. & Clark, P. L. (1991). Effect of economic resources on marital quality in black married couples. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 53, 645-655.

Gray-Little, B. and Burks, N. (1983). Power and satisfaction in marriage: A review and critique. Psychological Bulletin, 93, 513-538.

Gray-Little, B. (1982). Power processes and marital quality among black couples. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 44, 633-646.

Gray-Little, B. (1980). Race and Inequity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 10, 468-481.

Lowman, J., Galinsky, M. D., and Gray-Little, B.G. (1980). Predicting Achievement: A ten year follow-up of black and white adolescents. Chapel Hill, NC: IRSS Publications.

Selected Service to Scientific & Professional Organizations

Board of Directors, BioOne Online Journals 2007
American Psychological Association- Accreditation Appeal Panel 2003-2005
NIMH Grant Review Panel 2001, 2002, 2006
Reinvention Center (On Undergraduate Education), Advisory Board 2001-2005
Board of Directors, Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology 1998-1999
Committee of Visitors, NSF Program in Decision and Risk Management Sciences 1997
Committee of Visitors, NSF Program in Human Cognition and Perception 1996
National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NIEHS) 1995
NSF Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences 1995-97
NIEHS Data and Safety Monitoring Board, Treatment of Lead-Exposed Children 1993-99
Accreditation Committee, American Psychological Association (APA) 1993-94
Board of Directors, Division 12, APA 1992-94
Board of Directors, Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology 1992-94
Board of Educational Affairs, APA 1990-92

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.