Quantitative psychologist with expertise in child and adolescent development. Recent empirical work has focused on (1) social and systemic factors contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline and (2) children's perceptions of discrimination.
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Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)
- First African American woman to receive a PhD in Developmental Psychology from UT Austin
- Awarded the American Psychological Foundation's Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant for dissertation study: “Racial Mistrust, Perceptions of Discrimination, and Academic Achievement Among African American Children” (2013)
B.A., Psychology, Stanford University (2007)
Professional Experience and Service
Data & Policy Specialist, Crime and Justice Institute (2017 to Present)
Director of Research, Texas Appleseed (2015 - 2017)
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Texas State University (2014)
Instructor, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
Program Manager, The SURE Program (2011 - 2013)
Laboratory Manager, Stanford Mood & Anxiety Disorders Laboratory (2007 - 2009)
Barbarin, O. A., Chinn, L., & Wright, Y. F. (2014). Creating developmentally auspicious school environments for African American boys. In L. Liben & R. S. Bigler (Eds.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior (pp. 75-106). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.
Bigler, R. S., & Wright. Y. F. (2014). Reading, writing, arithmetic, and racism? Risks and benefits to teaching children about intergroup biases. Child Development Perspectives, 8, 18-23.
Bigler, R. S., & Wright, Y. F. (2012). Should stereotype consciousness be taught to children? A discussion informed by Bogan and Slaughter-Defoe’s Through the Eyes of a Child. In D. T. Slaughter-Defoe (Ed.), Race and Child Development (pp. 20-23). Basel, Switzerland: Karger Press.
LeMoult, J., Joormann, J., Sherdell, L., Wright, Y., & Gotlib, I. H. (2009). Identification of emotional facial expressions following recovery from depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 828-833.
Craven, M. & Wright, Y., (2015, July). Implicit Bias and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Presented as part of the University of Texas' Principalship Training Program (Austin, TX).
Craven, M. & Wright, Y., (2015, July). Implicit Bias and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Presented as part of Huston-Tillotson University's Teacher Training Program (Austin, TX).
Craven, M. & Wright, Y., (2015, June). Implicit Bias and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Presented as part of Teach for America's 2014 Cohort Training Program (Dallas, TX).
Conference Presentations and Posters
Wright, Y., Craven, M., & Bigler, R. S. (2016, July). School Police and the Criminalization of Black and Latino Youth. Presentation at the American Psychological Society's Division 45 Research Conference in Stanford, CA.
Wright, Y., & Bigler, R. S. (2015, March). Student-Teacher Relationships, Perceptions of Discrimination, and Academic Outcomes Among African American Youth. Poster at the Society for Research on Child Development Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Wright, Y., & Bigler, R. S. (2014, October). Gender similarities in African American children’s perceptions of racial discrimination. Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Wright, Y. & Bigler, R. S. (2013, May). Effects of expected racial favoritism on student-teacher relationships and achievement in kindergarten. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, DC.
Steingut, R. R., Flannigan, A. & Wright, Y. (2013, March). Assessing the effectiveness of a psychological intervention with pre-service teachers: Towards disciplinary equity in diverse classrooms. Roundtable presentation at the Consortium for Research in Teacher Education Conference in Austin, TX.
Wright, Y. F. & Bigler, R.S. (2012, April). The feminization of the teaching force and the boy crisis in education: Do gender differences in student-teacher relationship quality play a role? Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Wright, Y. F., Pahlke, E., Hayes, A.R., & Bigler, R. S. (2010, April). Exploring relations among gender identity, gender attitudes, and leadership orientation for early adolescent girls. Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Wright, Y. F., Joormann, J., & Gotlib, I. H. (2008, August). Sex differences in emotion recognition among individuals with social phobia. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Psychopathology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Sherdell, L., Wright, Y. F., & Joormann, J. (2008, November). Cognitive biases in women with recurrent depression. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference in Orlando, FL.
Thomason, M. E., Yoo, D. J., Wright, Y. F., & Gotlib, I. H. (2008, November). Modulation of brain resting-state networks by anxiety levels in adolescence. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in Washington, DC.
Honors and Awards
2014: Emerging Diversity Scholar. Source: National Center for Institutional Diversity
2013: Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Award ($10,000). Source: American Psychological Foundation
2011: Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention. Source: National Science Foundation