Dr. Wright is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and Nebraska who works in private practice as a telepsychologist. She obtained her graduate training in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University specializing in child and family treatment. She worked for nearly a decade in community mental health in southeastern Kansas as outpatient therapist. She is currently an operations manager for two community mental health center offices. Through her experience in community mental health, Dr. Wright is acutely aware of the impact of the shortage of mental health providers in underserved, rural areas, and she sees the promise of utilizing telehealth as a medium for providing mental health services to this population.
In 2011, Dr. Wright completed a comprehensive telemental health certificate training program through the TeleMental Health Institute and initiated a private practice providing telepsychology services to residents of rural nursing facilities. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and the Kansas Psychological Association (KPA).
Dr. Wright has a keen interest in working within these associations to develop standards, training, and resources to assist psychologist who are interested in telepsychology careers. She is a member of the steering committee for APA’s proposed Society for Technology and Psychology with aspirations of sharing her professional experience and needs to help advance a professional resource for telepsychologists.
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