Kathy Wright


Kathy Wright, PhD, MSN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FGNLA, completed her doctorate in 2013 from the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Excellence Distance Education Program, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her doctoral dissertation focused on testing a conceptual framework for understanding social inequalities in physical function and emotional well-being among African American and Caucasian elders through a descriptive casual analysis. She was a John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar from 2010 to 2012. Numerous variables of interest were explored by applying the House Model (2002) to both groups. The result of this study could be used to test interventions that tackle the biopsychosocial needs of vulnerable African American and Caucasian older adults.

Dr. Wright is a double certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Her background in mental health and chronic illness has helped to develop and fine tune her clinical acumen in the complexities of transitional care among elders. At the Summa Health System in Akron Ohio, she has worked as a co-investigator for a study that was designed to test the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary care management intervention that integrated medical and psychosocial care to improve the overall health and well-being for frail, low income older adults (After Discharge Management of Low Income Frail Elderly {AD-LIFE} R01 HS014539-02). Ms. Wright is a Fellow in the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is married and has one daughter.

Dr. Wright is currently Assistant Professor and the Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.