Meet Professor Eric Wright, who joined the GSU Sociology Department and the School of Public Health faculty this past academic year. Dr. Wright is also a Second Century Initiative (2CI)Faculty in the Atlanta Census Research Data – Health Policy and Risky Behaviors Cluster.
According to his departmental profile, “his research interests center on public policy and social responses to health and illness, particularly mental health and illness, substance use, sexual health, and sexually transmitted diseases,” and he is currently “involved in several projects exploring the social determinants and responses to prescription drug abuse and efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the mental and sexual health of adults with serious mental illness.” He is quite a prolific researcher, having been “the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $8 million dollars in externally funded research and evaluation projects,” resulting in publications of “numerous policy briefs, technical reports, and peer-reviewed scientific papers.” And, even with such deep involvement in research, he is an award-winning teacher. Professor Wright also is an award winner teacher and deeply committed to involving students in research and service learning projects to make learn
Below is a selection of Dr. Wright’s recent publications:
- Wright, E.R., Greene, M., & Kooreman, H. (2013). The consumption and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs in Indiana: A state epidemiological profile 2012. Indianapolis, IN: Center for Health Policy. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
- Greene, M.S., & Wright, E.R. (2013). Using data to identify substance abuse prevention needs—Development of a substance abuse priority index (SAPI). Indianapolis, IN: Center for Health Policy. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
- Wright, E.R., Kooreman, H.E., & Anderson, J.A. (2012). Service utilization, expenditures, and success in a well established system of care for young people with serious emotional disorders. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 1-14.
- Fisher, C.M., Reece, M., Wright, E.R., Dodge, B., Sherwood-Laughlin, C., & Baldwin, K. (2012). The role of community-based organizations in adolescent sexual health promotion. Health Promotion Practice 13(4), 544-552.
- Wright, E.R., & Perry, B.L. (2010). Medical sociology and health services research: Past accomplishments and future policy challenges. Journal of Health and Social Behavior Extra Issue, 51, S107-S119.
Welcome to GSU, Dr. Wright!