Meet our team members!
The Media & Migration Lab is directed by Dr. Chrysalis Wright. Dr. Wright is a Developmental Psychologist who focuses on lifespan development. Dr. Wright earned her B.S. in Psychology (2003) and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology (2006) from Middle Tennessee State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (2010) from Florida International University. Dr. Wright’s 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.
Her work has been presented at numerous psychological conferences, including the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Research in Child Development, and has been published in such journals as the Marriage & Family Review.
Dr. Wright is currently an active member of Division 46 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Media Psychology & Technology). She is the current chair of the Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music which formed as a result of findings from Music and Media Committee (also chaired by Dr. Wright), which was affiliated with the Entertainment Psychology Tasks Force of Division 46. She was recently awarded a Presidential Citation from the Division for her efforts.
Presently, Dr. Wright’s research includes a collaborative effort with Dr. Mark Rubin of the University of Newcastle in Australia. Their research is examining social class and social integration in higher education institutions. Findings from their work suggest that students’ age accounts for differences in social inclusion based on social class.
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 recently recognized by the APA’s Division for the Psychology of Women for her accomplishment of successfully balancing family and graduate school responsibilities.
Dr. Wright is 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 incorporates applied, hands-on research projects in her face to face methodology courses, providing students with research experience early in their academics. Dr. Wright served as the Honors in the Major Coordinator for the Western Region from 2012-2016 and will begin coordinating the program for the psychology department in Fall 2016. She serves on the Undergraduate Research Council at UCF and has 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 is 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 recently discussed in a recent issue of Illuminations.
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 courses and the Psychology of Women.