At-Large Member
Dr. Grady Dale, Jr., Ed.D.

The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc. – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Grady Dale, Jr. has major interests in improving the lives of those he serves in his community while delivering competent clinical practice in a variety of settings. Dr. Dale holds a doctorate in counseling psychology in the Baltimore area for more than 30 years. He also holds concurrent practice licenses in the states of Maryland, Nebraska, and Virginia. He has served as a consultant to Baltimore City Government, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office in which he was a clinical forensic consultant for child abuse cases, Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and the Baltimore City Public Schools. He currently serves as the psychologist consultant for assessing candidate ministerial suitability, through the Baltimore Conference Board of Examiners of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Dale joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine professional staff as a student affairs specialist in 1981, and eventually became an adjunct psychotherapist at the Center for the Study of Human Psychophysiology. He was also an instructor for the seminar on cultural differences within the Department of Psychiatry. In addition he has been an adjunct faculty at Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and Bowie State University. In 1984, Dr. Dale was appointed assistant dean for student affairs and assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and remained there in several posts until leaving in 1994 to devote more time to his private practice and community service. Currently, Dr. Dale is co-instructor for an undergraduate seminar on a public health perspective of Baltimore, through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Dale has concentrated his practice endeavors with children and families, marital issues, persons suffering with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and behavior problems among children and adolescents. He especially has practice interests and experience with underserved populations including persons of color, those in urban areas who are not as likely to ask for behavior health care, and persons who have an interest in combining behavioral health and spiritual care. Dr. Dale also has extensive forensic experience in his capacity as a consultant to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services where he conducted over 500 evaluations of youthful offenders. He joined the Department on the Secretary’s staff in 1998, and ultimately became the director of health care services. From 2001 through 2005, Dr. Dale was on the staff of the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) based at Spring Grove Hospital Center, where he was the coordinator for juvenile forensic services. His particular role involved coordination with the court system to accelerate placement of youth into proper custodial and mental health services as mandated by the Juvenile Court. Dr. Dale also testified as expert witness for MHA, as well as facilitated the placement of transition age youth (18 and above) who were in danger of being charged as an adult. During this time at MHA, he was also part of a Maryland legislative task force dealing with services and reentry issues throughout the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Dr. Dale was employed as a medical/psychologist consultant for Social Security with the Maryland State Department of Education Disability Determination Service for more than 7 years until 2013.

Dr. Dale has specialized training as an American Red Cross mental health disaster worker, has been a regional trainer for the American Psychological Association on HIV disease, and is certified in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive substance use disorders by the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians. Very active in his professional community, Dr. Dale was past president of the Baltimore Psychological Association, president of the Maryland Psychological Association from 2007-2008, and is a Fellow of the Association. He is currently a member of the governing body of the American Psychological Association (Council of Representatives) that sets policy for the Association. Dr. Dale was the recipient of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Outstanding Contributions in Service to the Public Award in 2004, and the prestigious Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent of Institutional Practice in the Private Sector by the American Psychological Association in 2008 for his 25 years of promoting and coordinating community service activities that highlighted the finding of relevant solutions to problems among marginalized populations in the Baltimore area. Dr. Dale is also a member of the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) where he has presented nationally over the years on health/mental health related matters germane to the transportation industry.

He has received honors for his civic works including the Maryland Volunteer Award for Baltimore (1993), along with his wife Helen the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Maryland Chapter award for services to children (1995), the John L. Middleton Service to Youth Award from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (1995), and was selected as a Community Hero as part of the Torch Relay through Maryland to the Atlanta Olympic Games (1996).

Dr. Dale has for many years had a very high active interest in community service. Through the not-for-profit American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies of which he is president, he has convened numerous community based advocacy programs and seminars which focus on the wellbeing of disadvantaged persons in the Baltimore region and beyond.

The author of numerous publications, Dr. Dale co-edited a textbook on foster care practice and policy issues, published by the University of Nebraska Press in association with the Child Welfare League of America in 1999. Dr. Dale concurrently has an abiding interest in children who have been impacted by abuse, neglect, and incarceration of parents.

Dr. Dale and his wife Helen live, worship, and serve in Baltimore, Maryland.

Revised December, 2013.