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July 3, 2012 / Lindsay Tan

Congratulations to Scott Wright — Past-President of SHE


June 27, 2012 – Scott Wright, PhD, associate professor, University of Utah College of Nursing, has been elected a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Wright was selected for the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section, one of GSA’s four membership sections.

Fellowship represents the highest class of membership in the society, which is the nation’s oldest interdisciplinary organization dedicated to research, education and practice in the field of aging. The status of fellow is an acknowledgement of Wright’s outstanding and continuing work in gerontology “research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization.” He will be inducted during the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 14-18, in San Diego, Calif.

Wright has more than 30 years of experience in human development and life course theories with emphasis in gerontology. His scholarly pursuits are focused on technology in an aging society; grandparenting issues; intergenerational relationships; and autism spectrum disorders in adulthood and aging. He also has interests in adult development and aging, and retirement hot spots in the United States, particularly the Intermountain West.

At the College of Nursing he teaches several gerontology courses in the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and from 2007 to 2011 directed the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and has served on the executive board of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) since 1989.

Wright holds a doctoral degree in human development with an emphasis in gerontology and a master’s degree in education, both from Oregon State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science/wildlife management from McNeese State University.

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