Tamryn Gray, MSN, RN, CNL, BMTCN

Adjunct Instructor



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Tamryn F. Gray, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CNL, BMTCN is an oncology nurse clinician with expertise in hematology/oncology, blood and marrow transplantation (BMT), and pediatrics. She has served as a consultant to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and test developer for the new Blood and Marrow Transplantation Certified Nurse Exam. Gray earned her masters and undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently a PhD Candidate and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.

From 2013-2015, Gray was a Clinical Instructor and Course Coordinator on the UNC Nursing faculty and member of the Careers Beyond the Bedside (CaBB) Research Project Team. As a faculty mentor and Recruitment Coordinator for CaBB, she engaged in educational interventions and scholarship to increase recruitment, retention, and success of nursing students from underrepresented backgrounds. She remains engaged in scholarship to increase diversity, inclusivity, and cultural humility in nursing culture and curriculum to facilitate health disparities reduction. In 2015, she was awarded the UNC Health Care Nurse Faculty of the Year Award.

Her current research focuses on the decisional, sociocultural, ethical, and patient-family factors influencing treatment decision making across the cancer continuum. She is particularly interested in implications for patient-family outcomes and cancer disparities. Her dissertation, “Patient Preferences and Decision Partner Involvement in Cancer Clinical Trial Participation,” has been funded by the American Cancer Society and Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. Among other awards, she has also been named a Johnson & Johnson / AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar and Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. As an adjunct faculty member, she continues to support the UNC School of Nursing oncology program.

Articles in Referred Journals (Published or In Press)

Storey, S., Gray, T.F., Bryant, A.L. (Accepted). Comorbidity, physical function and quality of life in older adults with acute myeloid leukemia. Current Geriatrics Reports.

Kowlowitz, V., Johnson Rowsey, P., Byrns, P., Woods-Giscombe, C., Kneipp, S.M., Page, J., Gray, T.F. (In Press). Careers Beyond the Bedside: An Effective Program to Increase Diversity in Nursing.  Journal of Cultural Diversity.

Gray, T.F., Cudjoe, J., Murphy, J., Thorpe, R.J., Wenzel, J., Han, H.R. (2017). Cancer screening practices among minority and underrepresented populations. Seminars in Oncology Nursing: Special Issue on Cancer Screening and Early Detection, 33(2):184-198. Doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2017.02.008.

Gray, T.F. (2017). Clinical moment: How can I change my patient’s treatment decisions by becoming a nurse scientist? Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21(2), 263. Doi: 10.1188/17.CJON.263.

Hodges E.A., Rowsey, P.J., Gray, T.F., Kneipp, S., Woods-Giscombe, C., Foster, B., Alexander, R., Kowlowitz V. (2017). Bridging the gender divide: Facilitating the educational path for men in nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(5), 295-299. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20170421-08.

Woods-Giscombe C. L., Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp, S. M., Owens, C., Sheffield, K., Galbraith, K., Hammad, S., Fowler, T., Hodges, E., Kowlowitz, V., & Alexander, G. R. (2015). Underrepresented students’ perspectives on institutional climate during application and admission to nursing school: Implications for enhancing diversity and inclusion.  Journal of Nursing Education, 54(5), 261-269. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20150417-03.

Kneipp, S.M., Rowsey, P.J., Giscombe, C.L., Hodges, E.A., Fowler, T., Alexander, R. (2014). Countering the influence of cultural hegemony on choosing a nursing career: a group-mentoring approach for student recruitment. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5), 296-9. Doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140408-02.