The Media & Migration Lab is directed by Dr. Chrysalis Wright, an Associate Lecturer in the Psychology department at UCF. Dr. Wright is a developmental psychologist whose dissertation work, which examined parental separation due to serial migration on the academic achievement of immigrant students, was awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship Award in 2010 from the University Graduate School at Florida International University and was published in the Journal of Family Issues.
Dr. Wright has won several awards for undergraduate teaching and involvement in undergraduate research. She was awarded one of the competitive Teaching Incentive Program awards (TIP) and won the College of Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award in 2017.
Dr. Wright was also awarded the APA Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists and the Distinguished Early Career Professional Contributions to Media Psychology & Technology from Division 46 of the APA in 2017.
Dr. Wright is currently the Secretary of Division 46 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Media Psychology & Technology). She is also the current chair of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music which formed as a result of findings from the Music and Media Committee (also chaired by Dr. Wright), which was affiliated with the Entertainment Psychology Tasks Force of Division 46. She was awarded a Presidential Citation in 2016 from the Division for her efforts.
Dr. Wright was the 2013 recipient of the Women of Distinction Award: Excellence in Mentoring from the Center for Success of Women Faculty at UCF for her efforts to provide research opportunities for undergraduate psychology students. She is currently the Honors in the Major Coordinator for the psychology department and member of the University Honors Committee of the Faculty Senate. She has also served as a judge for the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. Dr. Wright is an advocate for open access publishing and has been recognized as an Open Access Champion by the UCF Library. Additionally, through the initiative of Dr. Wright, the Western Region held the Western Region Undergraduate Showcase for four consecutive years where regional campus students had the opportunity to present their research to the campus community. Dr. Wright was also the founding Faculty Adviser for the Western Region Psychology Club and served as a mentor for the Western Region’s Knights L.I.G.H.T.S. mentoring program while she was a resident faculty at the South Lake regional campus. Dr. Wright has been acknowledged several times in the Regional Campus Newsletter for her contributions to undergraduate research and education in the Western Region. Her efforts were also discussed in a recent issue of Illuminations.
Dr. Wright has given several presentations on how to balance family life and the responsibilities of higher education. She has published articles on the topic and was invited to speak about it at the 2011 annual convention of the APS. Dr. Wright was also recognized by the APA’s Division for the Psychology of Women for her accomplishment of successfully balancing family and graduate school responsibilities.
Dr. Wright’s research interests include social, media and technological influences in development and behavior; gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes and differences in development; immigration and acculturation; academic achievement; life span development; and relationship formation behaviors. All of these research topics are included as a part of the MM Lab.
Dr. Wright teaches primarily General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Methodology courses in Psychology (Statistical Methods in Psychology & Research Methods). She also enjoys teaching Social Psychology, the Psychology of Diversity, and the Psychology of Women.