Paula A. Gray

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

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Program Director of Family (Individual Across the Lifespan) CRNP Program

Programs I Teach


  • 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)