Assistant Professor
Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation
Fulbright Award Recipient 2012-13, Fulbright U.K-Scotland 2012-2013 Visiting Professor, Glasgow Urban Laboratory, The Macintosh School of Architecture.
The Best 2010 Conference Paper Award given by The Urban Affairs Association for “Linking Perceptions to Activity Patterns of Low-Income Teenagers”, March 18, 2011.
The Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award given by The Heart of Texas Chapter of WTS - Women's Transportation Seminar, April 8, 2011.

Dr. McCray is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in transportation planning for the transportation disadvantaged population. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the Urban Technological and Environmental Planning Program. During her time as a graduate student, she was an Eisenhower and Eno Fellow. Her dissertation work modeled prenatal care and transportation access challenges in rural South Africa. Dr. McCray began her career as an electrical engineer and worked several years with AT&T Bell Laboratories in digital signal processing. She is a proud graduate of Bennett College (B.S. in mathematics) and North Carolina A&T State University (B.S. in electrical engineering), and continues to be connected to her alma mater by serving on the Board of Trustees at Bennett College. She also holds a M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. In September of 2003, Dr. McCray won a Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Laval in Quebec City, where she directed a study on the accessibility needs of low-income women, primarily dependent on public transportation. From June 2006 – September 2007, Dr. McCray directed a large interdisciplinary research and outreach project, funded by the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center, that addressed the activity and travel patterns of low-income teenagers in Providence, RI. Dr. McCray has written several articles and papers addressing perceptions of violence and the use of space by urban youth, developing methodology to address the transportation needs of disadvantaged populations, and analyzing the effects of culture on healthcare access.


  • B.S. in Mathematics, Bennett College
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Urban Technological and Environmental Planning,University of Michigan.


McCray, T. & Mora, S. (2011). Linking Perceptions of Safety to Activity Patterns of Low-income Teenagers, Journal of Urban Affairs, 33(5):511-528. [PDF]

McCray, T. (2009) Engaging disadvantaged populations in transport studies: Linking modal use and perceptions of safety to activity patterns. Research in Transport Economics, 25(1): 3-7. [PDF]

McCray, T. & Brais, N. (2007) Exploring the role of transportation in social exclusion through the use of GIS to support qualitative data. Networks and Spatial Economics (NETS), 7(4), 397-412. [PDF]

McCray, T.M. (2004) An issue of culture: the effects of daily activities on prenatal care utilization patterns in rural South Africa. Social Science and Medicine 59, 1843-1855. [PDF]

McCray, T.M. (February/May 2000) Delivering Healthy Babies: Transportation and Healthcare Access. Planning, Practice and Research, 15(1/2): 17-29. [PDF]

photo of Talia McCray
  • Transportation Policy and Planning
  • Healthcare Access
  • Quantitative and GIS methods
  • Sustainable Transportation.
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