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Rebecca J. Wright, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Assistant Professor
Rebecca Wright
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Disparities
  • End of Life
  • Family
  • Gerontological / Geriatric
  • Gerontology
  • Palliative Care


Rebecca Wright, who has worked in health care since 2004, 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)." Her research is based on the clinical challenges she has witnessed among patients, families, and emergency staff. 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's work continues on improving the delivery and experiences of palliative and end-of-life care, with a focus on older people, family caregivers, emergency care, and dementia.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    *Wright, R. Lowton, K. Robert, G. Grudzen, C. Grocott, P. (2017) Emergency department staff priorities for improving palliative care provision for older people: A qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, doi:

    *Wright nèe Blackwell, R., Lowton, K., Robert, G., Grudzen, C., & Grocott, P. (2017). Using Experience-based Co-design with older patients, their families and staff to improve palliative care experiences in the Emergency Department: A reflective critique on the process and outcomes. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 68, 83-94. doi:  

    *Wright Née Blackwell, R., Carden, D.L., Hess, E.P., Booker-Vaughns, J., Dunn, P., Kizzie-Gillett, C., Vaughan, W., Weingarten, G.,Williams, P.,Young-Brinn, A., Grudzen, C. (2016). Adapting conceptual frameworks for patient engagement in emergency department research. Academic Emergency Medicine, 23(12), 1332-1336. doi: 10.111/acem.13066

  • Awards/Honors

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