Place of Employment: Western State Hospital
Role with Internship: Instructor
Dr. Crystal Bray received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, and she has been in practice since 2016, with temporary licensure in the State of Kentucky. Her dissertation was titled Cognitive Interviewing: The Use and Perception of Cognitive Interviewing Among Kentucky Law Enforcement Officers. She is a member of Psi Chi and Kentucky Psychological Association
Dr. Bray provides services to WSH’s Admissions Unit and WSNF’s geriatric patients, and she assists in the basics of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Chain Analysis. She has special interests in patients with developmental and intellectual disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness, psychological assessments, and remediation of anxiety and stress through relaxation techniques. Her daily responsibilities include admissions evaluations, individual therapy, psychological assessment, and psychoeducational groups. Additionally, she completes evaluations for dementia screenings and civil proceedings such as guardianship and competency to stand trial.
When working with students or interns, she values patience, a sense of humor, a good work ethic, flexibility, and who take initiative in their own learning. Her supervisory orientation is Developmental, meeting clinicians where they are and supporting them in developing their professional identity.
When she is not seeing patients, Dr. Bray enjoys spending time with her family and pets, anything to do with music, kayaking, running, sci-fi movies, reading, and trying out new recipes. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, and she collects Hallmark ornaments.
The last thing to age on somebody is their heart. -Rocky Balboa , 2006