Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright
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376 Newton Hall
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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 Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management, and Complex Care. She also holds a faculty position at Ohio State’s Discovery Themes: Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Brain Injury Institute. Dr. Wright is the Chair of the Community Outreach Committee for The Ohio State University ARCOE (Alzheimer's Research Center of Excellence). The goal of the ARCOE is to leverage existing basic, translational and clinical research strengths across the university and together build a more integrated, robust approach to the prevention, detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Wright’s interprofessional team is an example of the successful collaborations that the ARCOE has formed across communities and the institution. 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.

Dr. Wright's research on blood pressure self-management was featured by Ohio State in a special "Minute Professor" video in July 2020. She is also a member of the Monroe Lab.

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February 22, 2024

College ranks 6th among public institutions

For the first time in its history, The Ohio State University College of Nursing vaulted into the nation’s top 10 colleges of nursing in funding support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

February 21, 2024

by Dr. Mary Beth Happ and Dr. Karen Rose

Claire* contacted the College of Nursing looking for help. Her husband’s dementia had progressed to the point where he could not be left alone, and she was his primary caregiver.