Dr. Gay is a contributing faculty member with Walden University with the School of Counseling. She started her career working in a criminal justice setting serving as a case manager for individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorders who were also involved in the legal system. Dr. Gay's experience with working with this population provided new insight, understanding, and awareness of the challenges and barriers individuals often experienced. She dedicated herself to becoming an agent and advocate for change that will help find solutions, provide clinical support, and ongoing resources where applicable. Dr. Gay has over 16 years of clinical experience providing administrative, direct care, and supervision in diverse settings for individuals with various disabilities and impairments, with specifics to individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. An area of best practice in which she firmly endorses is clinician preparation and development, especially in the area of substance use and mental health disorders. Dr. Gay is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP). Her research areas of interest include substance use and mental health disorders, trauma and trauma-informed care, interpersonal violence, impaired professionals, older adults and aging populations, general wellness, counselor preparation and development, and clinical supervision.
PhD, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
MS, Winston Salem State University
North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Board Member -
NAADAC Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee, Committee Member -
NAADAC- Membership Committee , Committee Member -
Graves, K., Gay, Y. E. (2020). Current State of Interpersonal Violence Research and Practice: An Overview.
Brooks, M., Wolfgang, J., Gay, Y. E., Khan, A., Ward, Y., Smith, S. (2019). The value and impact of a brief study abroad experience on historically black college or university (HBCU) counseling students’ learning. . International Journal of Social Science Studies
Gere, B., Gay, Y. E. (2018). Case Management and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Mathew, S., Khan, A., Gay, Y. E., Smith-Augustine, S., Whittaker, T. (2018). Case Management in Allied Health.
Gay, Y. E. (2021). Exploring the Hidden Population: Substance Use/Misuse among Aging/Older Adults.. American Society of Aging
Gay, Y. E. (2019). Discovering the Hidden Population: Substance Use Screening and Brief Interventions with Older Adults..
Gay, Y. E. (2018). Do Counselor Education Programs at HBCU’s Promote Wellness in Their Students?.
Gay, Y. E. (2018). Attorney General College Tour.
Gay, Y. E. (2018). Trauma Informed Care: Addressing Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout among Human Service Professionals..