David Wright

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Associate Professor Emeritus

123 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Child and Family Development The University of Georgia 1985
M.A. Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Chapman College 1977
B.S. Mechanical Engineering California State Polytechnic, Pomona, CA 1971


Current program of research focuses on young adult intimate relationships and the development of young adult sexual and gender identity.


UGA currently teaches CHFD 3930, Development of Interpersonal Relationships, CHFD 2100, Introduction to Family Development, CHFD6800, Research Methods, and CHFD8710, Philosophy of Social Science.

Current Classes

Silva, L., Campbell, K., & Wright, D. W. (Revise and resubmit). Intercultural relationships: Entry, adjustment, and cultural negotiation. Contemporary Family Therapy
Campbell, K. & Wright, D. W. (In press). Marriage Today: Exploring the Incongruence Between Americans' Beliefsand Practices. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
Hutchings, J. B., Wright, D. W., Campbell, K., & Childs, N. (in press). Adolescents growing up in violent homes: A qualitative study. The Qualitative Report.
Silva, L. & Wright, D. W. (in press). Safety rituals: How women cope with the fear of sexual violence. The Qualitative Report.
Simmons, L. A., Braun, B., Charnigo, R. C., Havens, J. R. & Wright, D. W. (2008). Depression and poverty among rural women: A relationship of social causation or social selection? Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 292-298.
Wright, D. W., Simmons, L. A., & Campbell, K. (2007). Does a marriage ideal exist? Using Q-Sort methodology to compare young adults’ and therapists’ views on healthy marriages. Contemporary Family Therapy, 29(4), 223-236.
Simmons, L. A., Braun, B., Wright, D. W., & Miller, S. R. (2007). Human capital, social support, and long-term economic well-being among rural, low-income mothers: A latent growth curve analysis. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.
Higginbotham, B., Ketring, S., Wright, D., Hibbert, J., & Guarino, A. (2007). The association between adult attachment styles, religiosity, and courtship violence experienced by females. The Journal of Family Violence.
Murphy, M. J., & Wright, D. W. (2005). Supervisees’ Perspectives of Power Use in Supervision. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31(1), 283-295.
Simmons, L. A. & Wright, D. W. (2004). National practice guidelines for mental health care: A comparative policy analysis of the United Kingdom and the United States. Journal of Health and Social Policy, 19(2), 59-80.
Johnson, L. N., & Wright, D. W. (2002). Revisiting Bordin's theory on the therapeutic alliance: Implications for family therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 24(2), 371-384
Johnson, L. N., Wright, D. W., & Ketring, S. A. (2002). The therapeutic alliance in home-based family therapy: The influences on outcome. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(1), 93-102.
Nelson, B. S., Wright, D. W. & Vaughn, M. (2001). Sleeping Single in a Family Bed: Themes and Issues on Singlehood from NCFR Roundtable Discussion Groups. Family Science Review, 1(1), 112-139

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