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Douglas D. Gray

Douglas D. Gray, MD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Emeritus - Psychiatry , Emeritus - Pediatrics

Divisions: ,

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychiatry)

Research Interests

  • Suicide Prevention

Douglas Gray, MD, Professor (Clinical) Emeritus, served as Psychiatry's Vice Chair of Education from 2015 until 2020. His pioneering work in growing successful programs to train psychiatrists in Utah spans two decades. Dr. Gray studies suicide completers in an attempt to better understand suicide risk factors, and to help develop future suicide prevention programs across the age span. He uses psychological autopsies, genetics and toxicology methods to make inroads to get a better understanding of suicide risk factors.

Education History

Residency University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
University of Utah School of Medicine
Internship University of Utah School of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Undergraduate University of Colorado

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Docherty A, Kious B, Brown T, Francis L, Stark L, Keeshin B, Botkin J, DiBlasi E, Gray D, Coon H (2021). Ethical concerns relating to genetic risk scores for suicide. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet, 186(8), 433-444.
  2. Monson ET, Shabalin AA, Docherty AR, DiBlasi E, Bakian AV, Li QS, Gray D, Keeshin B, Crowell SE, Mullins N, Willour VL, Coon H (2021). Assessment of suicide attempt and death in bipolar affective disorder: a combined clinical and genetic approach. Transl Psychiatry, 11(1), 379.
  3. William N, Reissner C, Sargent R, Darlington TM, DiBlasi E, Li QS, Keeshin B, Callor WB, Ferris E, Jerominski L, Smith KR, Christensen ED, Gray DM, Camp NJ, Missler M, Williams ME, Coon H (2021). Neurexin 1 variants as risk factors for suicide death. Mol Psychiatry, 26, 7436-7445.
  4. DiBlasi E, Shabalin AA, Monson ET, Keeshin BR, Bakian AV, Kirby AV, Ferris E, Chen D, William N, Gaj E, Klein M, Jerominski L, Callor WB, Christensen E, Smith KR, Fraser A, Yu Z, Gray D, PsychChip Investigators of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Camp NJ, Stahl EA, Li QS, Docherty AR, Coon H (2021). Rare protein-coding variants implicate genes involved in risk of suicide death. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet, 186(8), 508-520.
  5. Kious BM, Docherty AR, Botkin JR, Brown TR, Francis LP, Gray DD, Keeshin BR, Stark LA, Witte B, Coon H (2020). Ethical and public health implications of genetic testing for suicide risk: family and survivor perspectives. Genet Med, 23(2), 289-297.
  6. Docherty AR, Shabalin AA, DiBlasi E, Monson E, Mullins N, Adkins DE, Bacanu SA, Bakian AV, Crowell S, Chen D, Darlington TM, Callor WB, Christensen ED, Gray D, Keeshin B, Klein M, Anderson JS, Jerominski L, Hayward C, Porteous DJ, McIntosh A, Li Q, Coon H (2021). Genome-Wide Association Study of Suicide Death and Polygenic Prediction of Clinical Antecedents. Am J Psychiatry, 177(10), 917-927.
  7. Coon H, Darlington TM, Diblasi E, Callor WB, Ferris E, Fraser A, Yu Z, William N, Das SC, Crowell SE, Chen D, Anderson JS, Klein M, Jerominski L, Cannon D, Shabalin A, Docherty A, Williams M, Smith KR, Keeshin B, Bakian AV, Christensen E, Li QS, Camp NJ, Gray D (2018). Genome-wide significant regions in 43 Utah high-risk families impicate multiple genes involved in risk of completed suicide. Mol Psychiatry.
  8. Keeshin BR, Gray D, Zhang C, Presson AP, Coon H (2017). Youth Suicide Deaths: Investigation of Clinical Predictors in a Statewide Sample. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 48(5), 601-612.
  9. Kaufman EA, Crowell SE, Coleman J, Puzia ME, Gray DD, Strayer DL (2018). Electroencephalographic and cardiovascular markers of vulnerability within families of suicidal adolescents: A pilot study. Biol Psychol, 136, 46-56.
  10. McGlade E, Bakian A, Coon H, Yurgelun-Todd D, Callor WB, Byrd J, Gray D (2016). Male suspected suicide decedents in Utah: A comparison of Veterans and nonveterans. Compr Psychiatry, 69, 1-10.
  11. Hollingshaus MS, Coon H, Crowell SE, Gray DD, Hanson HA, Pimentel R, Smith KR (2016). Differential Vulnerability to Early-Life Parental Death: The Moderating Effects of Family Suicide History on Risks for Major Depression and Substance Abuse in Later Life. Biodemography Soc Biol, 62(1), 105-25.
  12. Darlington TM, Pimentel R, Smith K, Bakian AV, Jerominski L, Cardon J, Camp NJ, Callor WB, Grey T, Singleton M, Yandell M, Renshaw PF, Yurgelun-Todd DA, Gray D, Coon H (2014). Identifying rare variants for genetic risk through a combined pedigree and phenotype approach: application to suicide and asthma. Transl Psychiatry, 4, e471.
  13. Gray D, Coon H, McGlade E, Callor W, Byrd J, Viskochil J, Bakian A, Yurgelun-Todd D, Grey T, McMahon W (June, 2014). Comparative Analysis of Suicide, Accidental, and Undetermined Cause of Death Classification. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 44(3), 304-316.
  14. Coon H, Darlington T, Pimentel R, Smith KR, Huff CD, Hu H, Jerominski L, Hansen J, Klein M, Callor WB, Byrd J, Bakian A, Crowell SE, McMahon WM, Rajamanickam V, Camp NJ, McGlade E, Yurgelun-Todd D, Grey T, Gray D (2013). Genetic risk factors in two Utah pedigrees at high risk for suicide. Transl Psychiatry, 3, e325.
  15. Gray D, Dawson KL, Grey TC, McMahon WM (December, 2011). "Best practices: The Utah Youth Suicide Study: best practices for suicide prevention through the juvenile court system.". Psychiatr Serv, 62(12), 1416-1418.
  16. Haws CA, Gray DD, Yurgelun-Todd DA, Moskos M, Meyer LJ, Renshaw PF (2009). The possible effect of altitude on regional variation in suicide rates. Med Hypotheses, 73(4), 587-90.
  17. Tzoumas AC, Tzoumas JL, Burlingame GM, Nelson PL, Wells MG, Gray DD (2007). The Y-OQ-12 Psychosocial Screening of Youth in Primary Care Medicine Using Items from and Outcome Measure. Clin Psychol Psychother, November/December(14), 488-503.
  18. Moskos MA, Halbern SR, Alder S, Kim H, Gray DD (2007). Utah Youth Suicide Study: Evidence-based Suicide Prevention for Juvenile Offenders. 10(1), 127-146.
  19. Moskos MA, Olson L, Halbern SR, Gray D (2007). Utah youth suicide study: barriers to mental health treatment for adolescents. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 37(2), 179-86.
  20. Gray DD, Bilder DA, Leonard HL, Anders TF (2006). Triple board training and new "portals" into child psychiatry training. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 16(1), 55-66, viii.
  21. Gray D, Bilder DA, Leonard HL, Anders TF (2007). Triple Board Training and New Portals into Child Psychiatry Training. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 16(1), 55-66.
  22. Callor WB, Petersen E, Gray D, Grey T, Lamoreaux T, Bennett PJ (2005). Preliminary findings of noncompliance with psychotropic medication and prevalence of methamphetamine intoxication associated with suicide completion. Crisis, 26(2), 78-84.
  23. Moskos M, Olson L, Halbern S, Keller T, Gray D (2005). Utah Youth Suicide Study: Psychological Autopsy. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 35(5), 536-546.
  24. Gray D, Achilles J, Keller T, Tate D, Haggard L, Rolfs R, Cazier C, Workman J, McMahon WM (2002). Utah youth suicide study, phase I: government agency contact before death. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 41(4), 427-34.


  1. Moskos MA, Achilles J, Gray D (2004). Adolescent suicide myths in the United States. [Review]. Crisis, 25(4), 176-82.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Gray D, Renshaw P, McGlade E (April 9, 2014). It's Not Impossible, Translating Research into Real World Interventions. 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Century Plaza Hyatt Regency Hotel, Los Angeles, California.


  1. Gray D, Moskos M, Halbern S (April 24, 2010). Reduction of Suicide Risk and Recidivism Among Juvenile Offenders in Utah [Abstract]. 43rd American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  2. Benton T, Rostain T, Sexson S, Stubbe D, Gray D (2009). Pediatric Portals Program: Developing your own portal for pediatricians entering psychiatry [Abstract].
  3. Halbern S, Moskos M, Adler L, Kim H, Gray D (2008). Utah Youth Suicide Study: Evidence-Based Suicide Risk Reduction for Juvenile Offenders, at the 136th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. [Abstract].
  4. Halbern S, Moskos M, Gray D (2008). Early Mental Health Screening, Referral, and Treatment of Young Juvenile Offenders: Development of a Model. Presented as a half-day workshop at the 41st Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, in Boston, Massachusetts. [Abstract].
  5. Halbern S, Moskos M, Gray D (2007). Family Centered Suicide Prevention Services for Youth at Highest Risk for Suicide Death. Presented as part of a Workshop at the SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Grant Awardees Conference in Portland, Oregon, December 10-12, 2007. [Abstract].
  6. Gray D, Stubbe D, Sexson S, Cuffe S, Santos C (2007). AACAP Training Forum: Future ABPN Child Psychiatry Examinations, and Training Updates 1) ABPN Presentation and Panel Discussion, 2) Integrated Training Programs, 3) Post-Pediatrics Pilot Program. [Abstract].


  1. Gray D, McHarg M, Wendleton L, Soberay K, Bahraini N (9/1/15). Video and Brochure: "How to Talk to a Child About a Suicide Attempt in the Family." Co-Author, Editor, and Video Moderator. Video Production and Editing by Tomorrow Pictures, Atlanta, Georgia. Funded by the Veteran's Administration. [Web]. Denver Co and Salt Lake City Ut: VISN 19 MIRECC, Suicide Prevention Group, Education Committee. Available:

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