Kathy Wright

PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC , Doctoral (Alumni)

Kathy Wright’s goal is to save brains, one blood pressure at a time.

Dr. Wright serves as an assistant professor (tenure-track) at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and holds a faculty position at Ohio State’s Discovery Themes: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Brain Injury Institute. Her research portfolio focuses on hypertension and its contributions to the development of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in older African American populations. She and her team examine how self-care lifestyle behavior changes – including nutrition, stress management and practicing mindfulness – can impact blood pressure and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment.

Dr. Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing with a major in psychology from Youngstown State University. She then completed her master’s in geriatric health and minority mental health at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University before earning her PhD from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is a sought-after mentor and manuscript reviewer, and her work has been shared in scholarly journals and through media outlets including National Public Radio. She and her husband, James J. Wright, Jr., are parents to Kathleen J. Wright.

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