Virginia Elizabeth Nuckolls Bray, 84, a retired clinical psychologist, died Thursday at the Fairfax Nursing Center. She went to live there on Nov. 12 after suffering a stroke and undergoing brain tumor surgery.

A resident of Fellowship House in Reston for the past 10 years, she was coordinator there for a series of courses given by the Countinuing Education Division of Northern Virginia Community College.

Mrs. Bray came here from Harrisburg, Pa., where she had been a clinical psychologist with the state Department of Welfare, the Child Guidance Center and Harrisburg State Hospital.

Before that she had taught psychology at Richmond Professional Institute in Richmond, and Wesminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Mrs. Bray was born in Dillon, Mont. A graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., she held a master's degee from Teacher's College of Columbia University. She also studied at the University of Montana and Temple, John Hopkins and Western Reserve universities.

She was author of several books dealing with psychology and wrote humorous essays, poetry and short stories.

Mrs. Bray was an active member of Fairfax Unitarian Church.

Her husband, Archie Wilmot Bray, a professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechic Institute in Tory, died there in 1942.

She is survived by four daughters, Mary Schatzkamer of Brewster, Mass., Gertrude Riesz of Bethesda, Constance LaFerriere, of Hagerstown, Md., and Jayne Turet of Cleveland; a son, Richard, of Los Angeles, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Archie W. Bray Memorial Fund at Rensselaer or the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee at Fairfax Unitarian Church.