Cheryl Elizabeth Gray, Ph.D.


Cheryl Elizabeth Gray, Ph.D. is a recent graduate of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of South Florida (#2 ranked doctoral program in I/O Psychology by U.S. News & World Report). She specializes in employee health and well-being. In particular, Dr. Gray studies unhelpful help at work (i.e., well-intended “help” from colleagues that is actually unhelpful or harmful). Her cutting edge research on unhelpful help appears in numerous peer-reviewed journals and trade outlets, such as Work & Stress and Financial Times.

Dr. Gray has former experience working for BetterUp and Career Partners International, both of which are industry leaders in executive coaching and leadership development (trusted by companies such as Google, MARS, and Hilton). Her approaches to teaching are informed by cutting edge management research and psychological principles. Dr. Gray is an active member of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management Association, and the Southern Management Association. 

Dr. Gray earned a MA from the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida and a BA from the Department of Psychology (double-major in Business Administration) from Trinity University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida in December 2021.

Dr. Gray is also the fiancé of a dedicated healthcare provider, the mother of an affectionate rescue dog, and a lover of local tea and coffee shops.