Paula A. Gray

Paula A. Gray, DNP, CRNP, NP-C

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Director, FNP Program

Affiliated Programs


  • DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner (2000)
    Widener University (PA)
  • Post-Master's Certificate, Nursing Education (2008)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

I received both my DNP and MSN from Widener University and have been practicing full time as a nurse practitioner for a renowned health care system in Philadelphia until 2012 when I started working at Widener as a full-time professor. I continue to work one day per week as a nurse practitioner while teaching at Widener's School of Nursing in both the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

In August 2013, I assumed the role of interim director of the FNP Program while continuing my role as an active faculty member. 

Research Interests

Self-management support for the diabetes population; online teaching for graduate students; improving clinical experience for nurse practitioner students


  • Gray, P., Drayton-Brooks, S., & Williamson, K. (2013). Follow-up support for patients with uncontrolled diabetes. The Nurse Practitioner. 38 (4), 49-53.
  • Van Berckelear, A., DiRocco, D., Ferguson, M., Marcus, N., Gray, P., Day, S. (2012). Building a patient-centered medical home: Obtaining the patient’s voice. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 25 (2), 1-7.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities (NONPF), AANP Family Nurse Practitioner 


  • Widener University School of Nursing Dean’s Award (2012)
  • Quality and Patient Safety Award - Virtual Visits with Nurse Practitioners to Improve Hemoglobin A1C Levels and Self-Management for Diabetic Patients –CPUP (2011)
  • Lillian Brunner Award – Clinical Judgment and Decision Making (2005)



  • Nursing Faculty Appointed to state's Safe Opioid Prescription Task Force

    Paula Gray, professor and director of the Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP program, has been named to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (PDOH) Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. Dr. Gray will serve on the task force as the representative of the Pennsylvania State Nurses’ Association (PSNA). Convened by Gov. Tom Wolf, the task force was created to combat the opioid epidemic affecting the Commonwealth by developing and adopting guidelines for health care providers on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain. 

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