UW Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Faculty - Travis Wright

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Counseling Psychology

School of Education
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Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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Professor Travis Wright

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Professor Travis Wright


Counseling Psychology (CP)

528D Teacher Education Building  binoculars icon
225 North Mills Street
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 608/263-4669
Fax: 608/263-9992

tswright2@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Dr. Travis Wright is the founder/director of the BASES Project, a school and community-based intervention for homeless preschool students, their families, and teachers. Dr. Wright is a nationally recognized expert on resilience and emotionally responsive teaching, especially for children developing in the midst of adversity. Previously, he worked as a school-based mental health counselor, public school teacher, and early childhood educator in Washington, D.D. and Boston Public Schools.


Education

CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study), School Mental Health Counseling
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

EDD, Human Development and Psychology, Risk and Prevention
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

M Ed, Human Development and Psychology, Risk and Prevention/ Gender Studies
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

BA, College Scholars, Community: Identity, Development, and Change, Summa cum laude
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN


 

 

Scheduled Teaching

  • Spring 2013 - Reframing Resilience
    Course Number: 975, Course Level: Graduate
     
  • Fall 2012 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    Course Number: 660, Course Level: Undergraduate
     

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 6/30/2014 - Amount: $37,000.00, ""determining How Homeless African-American Preschoolers And Their Teachers Perceive Relationships With Each Other"," Awarded By: UW Graduate School Research Competition, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Travis Wright, Principal.
  • 2011-2013 - Amount: $58,760.00, ""using Exergaming To Promote Physical Activity In Urban Pre-Schoolers"," Awarded By: National Institute of Health, Sponsor Type: Federal, Travis Wright, Supporting; ; .
  • 2011-2012 - Amount: $20,000.00, "Alexandria Citywide Playgroup Initiative (acpi): Supporting Culturally-Diverse Immigrant And Non-Immigrant Families With Young Children," Awarded By: The Women's Giving Circle of Alexandria, VA, Sponsor Type: Local, Travis Wright, Principal.
  • 2009-2012 - Amount: $45,000.00, "Gsehd Selective Excellence Incubator Grant: Pathways To Success: Developing Research For Selective Excellence In Risk, Resilience, And Urban Leadership," Brian Casemore; Karen McDonnell; Olga Acosta-Price; Sharon Lambert; Travis Wright, Principal.
  • Amount: $36,675.00, "Building Academic, Social, And Emotional Supports For Young Homeless Children," Travis Wright, Principal.
  • Amount: $118,723.00, "The Bases (building Academic, Social, And Emotional Supports) For Young Homeless Children," Travis Wright, Principal.
  • Amount: $4,000.00, "Raising Young Black Boys In Urban Poverty: Maternal Perceptions Of Masculinity," Awarded By: Department of Educational Leadership Research Initiative, Travis Wright, Co-Principal; Lionel Howard, Co-Principal.

Publications

  • Wright, T., Roach, V., & Yukins, B. (2012). Is that all there is? GLBTQ adolescent support in the best of circumstances: One family’s story. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 15(4), 105-114.
  • Wise, V., & Wright, T. (2012). Critical Absence in the Field of Educational Administration: Framing the (Missing) Discourse of Leadership in Early Childhood Settings. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. 7(2), 1-9.
    Abstract: Many studies have noted the strong and positive effect of educational leadership on student achievement, school culture, and other aspects of the educational environment. Current research also points unequivocally toward leadership as an important factor in the achievement of quality in most educational institutions. Leadership has been cited as second only to classroom instruction in its contribution to achievement. Despite the fact that the importance of leadership has been established in the field of education in general, research on leadership in early childhood settings has been lacking. Further, the research in this area is dominated by only a few researchers, with most of the studies being conducted as dissertations. The purpose of this article is to (a) highlight this critical absence in the field of educational administration; (b) critically examine the reasons underlying this missing discourse; (c) present the pertinent existing literature; and (d) articulate the potential implications of continued scholarship in this area. Previous findings suggest that continued efforts in the area of leadership in early childhood settings have implications for educational practice and theory.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Tell me lies: Confronting the preschool closet. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. 14(2), 1-7.
    Abstract: This case explores the impact of being closeted on a gay, male preschool educator and the ways in which homophobic culture is fostered in one early learning center. Although sometimes protective, being challenged to hide one’s sexual orientation most always has negative consequences for the individual and society. Internalized homophobia silences and devalues individuals, and maintains a dominant homophobic culture. The complicated relationships between sexual orientation, race, class, and gender are also illuminated. This case encourages education administration students to consider the impact of homophobia on individual staff members and to imagine possibilities for advocacy and adequate staff support.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Countering the politics of class, race, gender, and geography in early childhood education. Educational Policy. 25(1), 240-261.
  • Brown, C., & Wright, T. (2011). The rush towards universal public pre-k: A media analysis. Educational Policy. 25(1), 115-133.
  • Wright, T. (2010). On Jorge becoming a boy: A counselor’s perspective. In Brion-Meisels, G., Cooper, K., Deckman, S., Dobbs, C., Francois, C., Nikundiwe, T., & Shalaby, C. (Eds.), Humanizing Education: Critical Alternatives to Reform, (pp. 267-288). Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Learning to laugh: A portrait of risk and resilience in early childhood. Harvard Educational Review. 80, 444-463.
  • Wright, T. (2007). On Jorge becoming a boy: A counselor’s perspective. Harvard Educational Review. 75(2), 164-186.
  • Wright, T. (in press). Making it vs. satisfaction: How women raising young children in poverty assess how well they are doing. Journal of Social Service Research.

Presentations

  • Wright, T. (2015). National Association of Elementary School Principals National Conference, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Long Beach, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Canterbury Christ Church University Address, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Teaching Young Children Developing in the Mist of Trauma, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Wright, T. (2014). The Children Together Conference, Alexandria, VA.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Contested Masculinities in the Toddler Classroom, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Wright, T. (2013). Tackling the Opportunity Gap for Young Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Meeting, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2013). Symposium on Early Childhood Special Education, The GWU Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2013). Teaching from Hope: Reframing Resilience for Young Children with Messy Lives, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2013). Critical Perspectives on Resilience for Young Children Navigating the Demands of Challenging, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2013). Rethinking Resilience for Maltreated Children in the Preschool Environment, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Emma, L., Wright, T., & Spencer, K. (2013). Teachers’ Beliefs Related to Physical Activity Play in the Preschool Setting, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2012). Contested Masculinities In The Toddler Room: The Risk (And Resilience) Of Relationship, International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Conference, State College, PA.
  • Wright, T. (2012). Teaching from Hope: Reframing Resilience for Young Children with Messy Lives, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2012). Jesus, Dolly Parton, and Solid Gold: Risk and Resilience in a Southern Gay Childhood, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Guiding and Supporting Families in the Twenty-First Century, GWU Special Education Summer Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Teaching for Change, National Youth Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2011). The Race to Nowhere, The GWU Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Messy Lives: Supporting Young Children in Navigating the Demands of Challenging Environments, International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Conference, London, England.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Social Dimensions of Urban Environments: Understanding Risk and Protection to Inform Prevention/ Impact of Low-Income Mothers’ Social Support Networks on Parenting and Self-Efficacy, Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Goddess: A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wright, T. (2011). The Politics of Race, Class, Gender, and Geography in Early Childhood Education, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Fostering the Resilience of Young Children and Families Living in Poverty, GWU Special Education Summer Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Teaching from Fear, Friendship Public Charter Schools Staff Development Series, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Making it vs. Satisfaction: Risk and Resilience in the Lives of Women Raising Young Children in Poverty, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Meeting the Challenge: Teaching in Urban Environments, National Youth Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). How Women Raising Young Children In Low-Income Environments Think About Their Own Success, Urban Institute- Stepping Stones Policy Briefing, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Confronting the Pre-School Closet: An In-Depth Case Study of One Teacher’s Experiences, American Educational Research Association Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Wright, S. (2010). Risk and Resilience in the Social Ecologies of Women Raising Young Children in Urban Poverty, American Educational Research Association Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Clark, M., Goldstein, D., & Wright, T. (2010). On Becoming Communities: Teachers Reflective Narratives of Teachers Creating Communities, George Washington University Student Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Qualitative Research for Social and Policy Change, George Washington University Student Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2009). Understanding Alternative Pathways to Development, DC Council for Exceptional Children Membership Meeting, DC Council for Exceptional Children Membership, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2009). Supporting Preschoolers in Poverty, DC AppleTree Learning Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Emma, L., Jarrett, M., & Wright, T. (2009). Culture’s Influence on Play of Latino Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children Meeting, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T., & Ryan, P. (2009). Working with Families Using a Competency-Based Model: How Respectful Relationships Impact the Parent-Child Bond and Identity Formation, National Association for the Education of Young Children Meeting, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T., Burns, J., Lastica, J., & Lombard, M. (2009). Matters of Interpretation: Teaching a Hermeneutic Approach for Researching Practice, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  • Wright, T. (2009). “Just a Thang”: The Relational Lives of 17 Women Raising Children in an Urban Housing Development, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
  • Wright, T. (2009). Discursive Formations and the Social Studies Curriculum: Collective Subjectivity, Control, and Normalization, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2009). Risk and Resilience in the Gay South: Examining the Intersection of Faith, Religion, and Sexuality, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2009). Symbolizing Contested and Changing Teacher Identities: On the Autobiographical Demands of Teacher Education, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2009). The Autobiographic Demands of Place: Confronting the South, Bergamo Conference/ Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Dayton, OH.
  • Wright, T. (2008). Fostering Friendship Among Children with Special Needs, The River School, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2008). Tell Me Lies, Confronting the Pre-School Closet, American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, New York, NY.
  • Burns, J., & Wright, T. (2008). Deriving Meaning from Community Service Learning: Education, Community, and Democracy, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Wright, T., & Brown, C. (2008). The Rush Towards Universal Public Pre-K: Is it Research-based or Political Spectacle?, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Wright, T. (2008). “Making It” vs. Satisfaction: Well-Being and the Lives of Women Raising Young Children in Poverty, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Wright, T. (2008). Knowing Places: Narrating School as Place, George Washington University Student Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T., Ayoub, C., & Hong, K. (2005). The Impact of Different Types and Combinations of Abuse on the Developmental Pathways of Young Adolescent Girls, Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
  • Wright, T. (2005, February 16). Community Service as a Means for Youth Development and Social Transformation, Case Western Reserve University- Mandel Center for Non-profit Management Conference on Youth Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University- Mandel Center, Cleveland, OH.
  • Hong, K., Ayoub, C., & Wright, T. (2004). Maltreated Adolescent Girls: Exploring the Differences in Their Self-Perceptions and Psychiatric Diagnoses, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Ayoub, C., Fischer, K., Noam, G., Wright, T., & Hong, K. (2004). Exploring the Cognitive, Relational, and Social Impacts of Maltreatment in the Lives of Sexually Abused Adolescent Girls, Society for Research in Adolescence Annual Meeting, Society for Research in Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.
  • Wright, T. (2003). Exploring the Relational Lives of Five Gay Men, Harvard University Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA.
  • Wright, T. (2002, October 24). Youth Development and Social Change: The Roles of Young People and Society, New Hampshire Statewide AmeriCorps Statewide Conference.
  • Wright, T. (2002, October 1). The Role of Young People in Civil Society: Civic Engagement as Social and Youth Development, Nebraska State Conference on National and Community Service.
  • Wright, T. (2002, April 23). Youth Development and Social Change: The Roles of Young People and Society, Risky Business Conference, Iowa Youth and Shelter Services.
  • Machoian, L., & Wright, T. (2002). The Role of Close Relationships in the Lives of Suicidal Adolescents, Harvard University Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Departmental Service

  • Research Methods Lab and Supervise GRA
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.
  • Coordinator.

  • Dissertation Outline section of the GSEHD Doctoral Student Handbook
  • Writer.

  • Search Committee

School Service

  • GSEHD NCATE Accreditation Task Force
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.
  • Task Force Member.

  • Facilitated Dissertation Support Group
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2010
  • Member.

  • GSEHD Re-Structuring Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2010
  • Ad-Hoc Member.

  • GSEHD- Curriculum Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2010
  • Chair.

  • GSEHD Post-Masters Appeals Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2009
  • Member.

  • GSEHD- Post-Masters Appeals Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2009
  • Chair.

  • GSEHD- Curriculum Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - 2008
  • Member.

  • GSEHD SWAT Team- Development and National Advisory Council
  • Member.

  • Search Committee
  • Early Childhood Special Education Position.

  • GSEHD School-wide Committee on Research
  • Member.

Public Service

  • AERA- Division B- Curriculum Studies- Conference Program Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - 2015
  • Officer, Other Officer.

  • Young Children
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.

  • AERA- Early Childhood Education and Child Development SIG- Executive Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - 2014
  • Member.

  • Aspen Institute- ASCEND Working Group on Two-Generation Approaches to Moving Families Out of Poverty
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - Pres.
  • Member.

  • The Journal of Educational Research
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer.

  • AERA- Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education SIG- Conference Proposal Reviewer and Conference
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2011
  • Officer, Other Officer.

  • AERA- Early Childhood Education and Child Development SIG- Conference
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2010
  • Proposal Reviewer.

  • AERA- Qualitative Research Methods SIG- Conference
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2010
  • Officer, Other Officer.

  • Science Education
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer.

  • Dissertation Award Selection Committee
  • Member.

Public Service

  • Bright Beginnings
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: A preschool serving homeless children (ages 0-5) and their families in Washington, DC.

  • DC Action for Children/ Ann E. Case Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.

  • The Point Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: Scholarship organization supporting LGBT students.

  • DC Public Schools Head Start
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.

  • FAIR Fund
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: International NGO focused on issues of human trafficking.

  • Friendship Public Charter Schools
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - 2011

  • Friendship Public Charter School System
    Dates of Membership: March 2008 - June 2011

  • Washington, DC Public Schools
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - Pres.

  • Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Early Childhood Development
    Dates of Membership: Sep. 2007 - Nov. 2009

  • Truman Scholar Alumni Association
    Dates of Membership: Jan. 2006 - March 2007

  • Points of Light Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 2004 - 2007

  • Massachusetts Families for Kids
    Dates of Membership: Aug. 2004 - June 2006

  • Juvenile Justice Partners
    Dates of Membership: Sep. 2002 - June 2006

  • Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service
    Dates of Membership: Oct. 1995 - Aug. 1998

  • PBS KIDS Go! Writing Contest

Awards and Honors

  • The Beiber Invited Lecture on Education
    Organization: Bank Street College
    Date(s): 2016
  • The Mithoff Family Invited Lecture on Early Childhood Education
    Organization: University of Texas, Austin
    Date(s): 2014
  • AERA Early Career Award- Early Childhood Education and Child Development (2011)
    Organization: American Educational Research Association- Early Childhood Education and Child Development SIG
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2008 - 2014
  • Martin King Jr. Award for Leadership and Service
    Organization: The George Washington University
    Date(s): 2013
  • Honored for Distinguished Achievement in Storytelling
    Organization: Speakeasy DC
    Date(s): 2010
  • University of Tennessee Torchbearer- Highest Honor Awarded at University
    Date(s): 1998
  • USA Today Academic All-American First Team
    Date(s): 1998
  • Vic Davis Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership
    Organization: UTK
    Date(s): 1998
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Date(s): 1997
  • National New Generation Leadership Award
    Organization: Youth Service America
    Date(s): 1996
  • General Motors Volunteer Spirit Award
    Date(s): 1994
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission Community Service Award
    Date(s): 1994
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