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Rebecca J. Wright, PhD, BSc (Hons), RN

Assistant Professor
Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Rebecca Wright
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Disparities
  • End of Life
  • Equity
  • Family
  • Palliative Care
  • Research Design
  • Statistics/Qualitative Research


Rebecca Wright’s research focuses on principles of justice and equity within palliative care and development and application of participatory methodologies within a diverse range of settings such as the emergency department and ICU, and with vulnerable populations. She was a nurse at St. Christopher's Hospice in London and a research assistant at King's College London on local, national, and international projects, including the award-wining "Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa (WEB)." Dr. Wright earned her doctoral degree in nursing research and her bachelor's degree from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. Her doctoral research demonstrated the potential for including older people with palliative care needs in service design research using the methodology Experience-based Co-design (EBCD). Dr. Wright works with national and international interprofessional and transdisciplinary teams from schools of nursing, medicine, and public health, and local Baltimore community members to advance participatory, co-design approaches to improve experiences of access and delivery to palliative and end-of-life care. Her current research applies this focus to Black populations, the patient, family, clinical and non-clinical health care worker relationships, the impact of COVID-19, and emergency care. Dr. Wright has worked in health care since 2004.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Aaronson, E. L., Wright, R. J., Ritchie, C. S., Grudzen, C. R., Ankuda, C. K., Bowman, J. K., Kuntz, J. G., Ouchi, K., George, N., Jubanyik, K., Bright, L. E., Bickel, K., Isaacs, E., Petrillo, L. A., Carpenter, C., Goett, R., LaPointe, L., Owens, D., Manfredi, R., & Quest, T. (2022). Mapping the Future for Research in Emergency Medicine Palliative Care: A Research Roadmap. Academic Emergency Medicine: official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 10.1111/acem.14496. Advance online publication.

    Drazich BF, Jenkins E, Nkimbeng M, Abshire Saylor M, Szanton SL, Wright R, Beach MC and Taylor JL. (2022). Exploring the Experiences of Co-morbid Pain and Depression in Older African American Women and Their Preferred Management Strategies. Front Pain Res. 3:845513. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2022.845513.

    Bright, L., Zink, K., Klein, E., Wright, R., Kelen, G. (2022). A missed opportunity in the ED: Palliative care consult delays during inpatient admission. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 51, 325–330.

    Wright, R., Lowton, K., Hanson, B., & Grocott, P. (2021). Older adult and family caregiver preferences for emergency department based-palliative care: An experience-based co-design study. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances. 3, 100016.

    Nelson, K. E., Wright, R., Peeler, A., Brockie, T., & Davidson, P. M. (2021). Sociodemographic Disparities in Access to Hospice and Palliative Care: An Integrative Review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. doi: 10.1177/1049909120985419.

    Wright, R., Bodrick, M., Ferguson, C., Jackson, D., Balkhy, H., & Davidson, P. (2020) Social media & drug resistance in nursing training. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Online First: January 16. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15185. 

    Wright, R., Hayward, B., Dickson, V., Kestler, E., & Grudzen, C. (2019) “That was a game changer”: Clinical Impact of an Emergency Department-based Palliative Care Communication Skills Training Workshop. Emergency Medicine Journal. Online First: 26 July 2019.  doi: 10.1136/emermed-2019-208567.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020  Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Diversity Award, Baltimore, USA

    2020  Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Excellent in Teaching Award, Baltimore, USA.

    2020  Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Isabel Hampton Robb Fellowship, Baltimore, USA.

    2019  American Journal of Nursing, 2019 Book of the Year: Ferrell, B.R., & Paice, J., A.(Eds.), (2019) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. New York: Oxford University Press USA. ISBN: 978-0-19-086237-4. Chapter contribution to the textbook: Wright, R. & Roberts B., Palliative care in the emergency department (chapter 53).

    2013  Guardian University Award for Outstanding Research Impact; Woundcare for Epidermolysis Bullosa (WEB) Project. London, United Kingdom.