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

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Professor Travis Wright

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Professor Travis Wright

Associate Professor
Counseling Psychology (CP)

302 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

travis.wright@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 Adjustment and Mental Health Counseling
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

EDD, Human Development and Psychology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

M Ed, Human Development and Psychology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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


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; ; .
  • 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., Nankin, I., Boonstra, K., & Blair, E.L. (2019). Changing through relationships and reflection: An exploratory investigation of pre-service teachers’ perceptions of young children experiencing homelessness. Early Childhood Education Journal. 47(3), 297-308.
  • Wright, T. (2018). Beauty in the struggle: Poetry found in the lives of mothers experiencing homelessness. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. 49(4), 462-468.
  • Wright, T. (2018). Contesting hegemony: Re-imagining masculinities for early childhood education. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 19(2), 117-130.
  • Wright, T. (2016). On coming out in practicum: An autoethnography of (non) disclosure. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. 37(3), 189-202.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Too scared to learn: Teaching young children who have experienced trauma. Young Children. 69(5), 88-93.
  • Wright, T. (2013). “I keep me safe.” Risk and resilience in children with messy lives. Phi Delta Kappan. 95(2), 39-43.
  • Wright, T. (2011). Countering the politics of class, race, gender, and geography in early childhood education. Educational Policy. 25(1), 240-261.
  • Wright, T. (2010). Learning to laugh: A portrait of risk and resilience in early childhood. Harvard Educational Review. 80(4), 444-463.
  • Wright, T. (2007). On Jorge becoming a boy: A counselor’s perspective. Harvard Educational Review. 75(2), 164-186.
  • Wright, T., Ochrach, C., Blaydes, M., & Fetter, A. (in press). Pursuing the promise of preschool: An exploratory investigation of the perceptions of parents experiencing homelessness. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Presentations

  • Wright, T. (2018). Critical emotional praxis: Encountering teachers’ fears of supporting children experiencing homelessness, International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Wright, T. (2018). Building BASES (Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports) for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Wright, T., & Shumpert, J. (2018). “It Hurts Too Much to Care”: Teachers’ Fears as Barriers to Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Wright, T. (2016). Teaching Young Children with Challenging Lives; Reframing Resilience, North American Montessori Association Annual Conference, North American Montessori Association, Long Beach, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2016). The Role of School Leaders in Developing Support Structures for Young Children with Challenging Lives, National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Baltimore, MD.
  • Wright, T., & Shumpert, J. (2016). Teaching from hope: The transformation of early childhood educators’ perceptions of young homeless children, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T., Boonstra, K., & Blair, E. (2016). Too Afraid to Teach: Fear and the teaching lives of preservice teachers supporting young homeless children, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Wright, T. (2015). Leading Development of School-Based Supports for Young Children with Challenging Lives, National Association of Elementary School Principals National Conference, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Long Beach, CA.
  • Wright, T. (2015). I keep me safe: A portrait of (dis)respect in early childhood, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Contested Masculinities in the Toddler Classroom, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Wright, T. (2014). Too Afraid to Learn: Supporting Young Children with Challenging Lives, United Kingdom National Baby Room Conference, London, England.
  • 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). Meeting the Challenge: Teaching in Urban Environments, National Youth Leadership Conference, 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. (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.

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

  • 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. Period of Service: 2009 - Pres.

  • Science Education
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer. Period of Service: 2012 - Pres.

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.

  • 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

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): June 2017
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): August 2016
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): September 2014
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): August 2014
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): June 2012
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