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

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’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

    Taylor, J.L., Drazich, B.F., Roberts, L., Okoye, S., Rivers, E., Wenzel, J., Wright, R. Beach, MC., & Szanton, S.L. (2020) Pain in low income older women with disabilities: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal of Women and Aging. [E-pub 2nd June 2020, DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2020.1763895].

    Williams, M. T., Kozachik, S. L., Karlekar, M., & Wright, R. (2020). Advance Care Planning in Chronically Ill Persons Diagnosed With Heart Failure or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: An Integrative Review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

    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.

    Baptiste, D.L., Li, Q., Milesky, J., & Wright, R. (2019). Advancing cardiovascular care through nursing research, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice. Shanghai Chest, 3(13), 1-6 doi: 10.21037/shc.2019.02.01.

    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

    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.