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Annie Wright

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Annie is the post-doctoral research scholar for the Rudd Adoption Program. Her research interests broadly focus on the risk and resilience among children who have been separated from their parents. More specifically, Annie is interested in fostering positive development among children who have experienced institutional care, domestically and abroad. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, where she began her interest in studying parenting dynamics and the effects on child outcomes. While completing her Clinical Psychology MS and PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University, she conducted clinical and research work with youth in foster care, youth in institutional care, and incarcerated parents who are actively involved in parenting, though separated from their children. Her dissertation illuminated the patterns of adjustment among children in institutional care in Ghana and compared patterns to youth in two-parent-homes in the same region. Additionally, the project included qualitative data collected from caregivers and teachers to help explain findings within the cultural context of Ghana. Looking forward, Annie hopes to apply her research to policy and intervention work in order to ensure the best care and outcomes for youth who experience parental separation.