The Media & Migration Lab is directed by Dr. Chrysalis Wright, an Associate Lecturer in the Psychology department at UCF. Dr. Wright is an award winning faculty member, having won several awards for undergraduate teaching and involvement in undergraduate research. Awards include:
- Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology and Technology (2021)
- Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award (2018)
- Teaching Incentive Program award (2017)
- Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award (2017)
- APA Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists (2017)
- Distinguished Early Career Professional Contributions to Media Psychology & Technology (2017)
- Presidential Citation from Division 46 (2016)
- Women of Distinction Award: Excellence in Mentoring (2013)
Dr. Wright is very involved in her field at the national level, having held various leadership roles such as
- Member at Large, Board of Directors, Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (2020-current)
- Membership and Governance Outreach Representative for the Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) of the American Psychological Association (2018-2020)
- Program Chair for the CECP (2019, 2020)
- Secretary for Division 46 of the APA (2017-current)
- Membership Committee Chair for Division 46 of the APA (2018-2020)
- Ethics Committee Chair for Division 46 of the APA (2020)
- Member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Division 46 of the APA (2020)
- Chair for the Division 46 Task Force on the Sexualization of Popular Music (2016-current)
Dr. Wright’s role as Membership and Governance Outreach Representative for the CECP has provided the opportunity for her to advocate for early career psychologists and psychology students in a number of avenues, including advocating for the Higher Education Act at the nation’s capital.
Dr. Wright is an advocate for undergraduate education and research at the University of Central Florida. As such she holds the following roles with the department of psychology
- Honors Undergraduate Liaison (2016-current)
- SONA Systems Director (2016-current)
Previously, Dr. Wright held the following roles at the University of Central Florida
- University Honors Committee of the Faculty Senate: Member (2015-2019)
- Judge: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (2013, 2016, 2017)
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 enjoys teaching large lecture classes and online classes. She primarily teaches General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methodology courses in Psychology (Statistical Methods in Psychology, Research Methods, & Psychological Testing). She also enjoys teaching the Psychology of Diversity and the Psychology of Women.