Leigh Ann Bray: Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., Research, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2018
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader, The University of Alabama, 2014
  • BS, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama, 2012


Dr. Leigh Ann Bray received her BSN in 2012, and her MSN in 2014 both from The University of Alabama. She completed her PhD in Nursing in 2018 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Bray’s clinical background includes experience in both pulmonary care and cardiovascular intensive care both within the pediatric population. Dr. Bray has been an educator over 4 years and has taught across undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of pediatrics, fundamentals, and mixed methods research. She also has leadership experience in working with nursing honors students on research and quality improvement projects.

Her area of research interest is addressing health disparities to improve quality of life among the pediatric population and those with pediatric onset chronic illness. Dr. Bray has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has presented at multiple conferences at the local, regional, and international levels.

Honors and Awards

  • Citation of Excellence Award, Alabama State Nurses Association, 2020
  • Top 3 Abstracts in Nursing, North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, 2020
  • Dean’s Academic Early Career Award, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2019

Areas of Interest

  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities
  • Chronic Disease Management and/or Prevention
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Adolescent and/or Pediatric Health

Scholarly Highlights

  • Presentation: Using Specifications Grading to Promote Student Engagement and Content Mastery in a BSN Honors Program, Sigma International Nursing Research Congress, July 2022