Program Director, Research and Advancement
Niasha’s role includes working with Duke faculty and staff as well as the Durham community to improve health equity and eliminate health disparities collectively by providing strategic, administrative, and operational support to the Duke Population Health Improvement Initiative and Healthy Durham 2020 initiative by managing the execution of program plans and engaging multi-sector community partners. Niasha has more than 10 years of extensive experience in social behavioral research, project management, community engagement, intervention development, motivational interviewing, professional training, data management, assessment and evaluation, and in the field of Public Health and Health Equity. Since 2014, Niasha has been a Health Equity Ambassador for the American Psychological Association. She also serves as a Board member for the Gregory B. Davis Foundation, a small but mighty family foundation in the Roanoke Rapids area. In 2016, Niasha received an M.S in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University. Ms. Fray’s expertise has attracted national conference organizers inviting her to speak on topics related to the intersection of translational science, health disparities, population health, diversity, and clinical research at various national conferences. Due to Niasha’s dedication to the health and wellbeing of her community and her servant leadership she was awarded the 2019 Duke University Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.