Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright
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Assistant Professor
376 Newton Hall
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1585 Neil Avenue
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Kathy D. Wright joins the college as assistant professor. She also holds a faculty position in The Ohio State University Discovery Themes-Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Brain Injury Institute.

Dr. Wright comes to us from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing with a major in psychology from Youngstown State University, Master’s in geriatric health and minority mental health from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU, and PhD from The University of Utah. Dr. Wright’s research centers on improving mental health and blood pressure self-management in African American older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, cognitive impairment and hypertension. Her work has been disseminated through scholarly journals and media outlets including National Public Radio. Dr. Wright’s goal is to mentor others and inspire solutions to address health disparities and inequities across the lifespan.

Dr. Wright's research on blood pressure self-management was featured by Ohio State in a special "Minute Professor" video in July 2020.

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August 05, 2020

The need for human touch is universal among critical care patients and is an important component of the nurse–patient relationship. However, multiple barriers to human touch exist in the critical care environment. With little research to guide practice, we argue for the importance of human touch in the provision of holistic nursing care.

July 20, 2020

The five-year, $3.13 million grant will deploy social-assistive robots at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber and Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton near Canton for an eight-week trial. The study is aimed at curbing loneliness and apathy in older adults, especially for those with dementia.