Research

Dr. Lori Gray is currently involved in a variety of scholarly activities.  A mindfulness intervention research project resulted in a publication in the Journal of Innovation in Higher Education, titled “The Effectiveness of a Mindfulness Meditation Module for Students Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care” (Gray, L.,Font, S., Unrau, Y., & Dawson, A.). She presented this research in a virtual poster session at the 3rd International Conference on Mindfulness hosted by the University of Amsterdam; she will present the full paper at the 4th International Conference on Mindfulness at Aarhus University, Denmark. 

 She contributed to the published manuscript, “A Coaching Model to Support College Students from Foster Care” (Bennet, J., Unrau, Y., Gray, L., & Dawson, A.) which details the innovative coaching program offered at WMU’s Office for Fostering Student Success, where Dr. Gray also serves as Faculty Associate. She is currently involved in other ongoing projects at the center, including a study investigating the use of biofeedback and mindfulness training for WMU students who have aged out of foster care (WMU’s Seita Scholar’s program). Dr. Gray was awarded a FRACAA grant through WMU to fund a project with the Seita Scholar’s Program in collaboration with a faculty member at the University of Connecticut; the study will focus on students’ social networks, attachment styles, and resilience.   

Dr. Gray also continues to pursue research related to mindfulness-based stroke recovery.  Her publication titled, “Living the full catastrophe: a mindfulness-based program to support recovery from stroke” was accepted to be presented for the 11th International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society, at the University of Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Dr. Michele McGrady is currently conducting research on the impact of regular contemplative practices in the classroom on perceived stress and self-compassion in college students. Funding for the study was provided by an instructional development project grant from the Office of Faculty Development.  Dr. McGrady collaborated with SIHP faculty member, Dr. Shannon McMorrow, on a grant application entitled, “Assessing Psychological and Social Wellbeing of International Students using the PERMA model and Photovoice”. Dr. McGrady has also presented at the International Society for Teaching and Learning conference as well the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education annual conference.