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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Bruce Wright

Clinical Associate Professor

M.D. University of Utah School of Medicine

Contact Information

Email: wrightbr@wsu.edu
Office: Johnson Tower 326
Phone: (509) 592-0631

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 533: Adult Psychopathology
  • Psychology 534: Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology 544: Clinical Health and Primary Care Psychology
  • Psychology 547: Clinical Health and Primary Care Psychology Practicum

 

Research Interests

  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Biological mechanisms connecting psychosocial factors to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Predictors of adherence to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

My research interests have predominantly involved investigating inflammatory and metabolic mechanisms linking psychosocial factors like stress to increased risk for cardiovascular disease. More recently we have examined the potential role of psychosocial factors like psychological flexibility and depression as potential predictors of adherence to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Graduate students in my lab have also recently  investigated the psychometric properties of a protective behavioral strategies survey for cannabis use. They have also examined whether whether negative attitudes to mental health treatment may be related to higher levels of cannabis use and whether this relationship is mediated by coping motives.

Selected Publications

Boyd, B., Wright B.R., Caffrey K. (2018). Psychological flexibility and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation completion. Psychosomatic Medicine. 80 (3) A – 14.

Caffrey K. , Wright B., Maarhuis P. (2018). Harm reduction for cannabis: Factor analysis of a protective behavioral strategies survey. (2018). Journal of American College Health. 66 (3)194-201.

Fanale C., Maarhuis P., Wright B,R. (2017). The effect of attitudinal behaviors to mental health treatment on cannabis use and mediation through coping motives. Addictive Behaviors. 69 (6) 35 -41.

Eldridge D., Wright B.R., Fanale C. (2017). The relationship between anger, cardiovascular disease, and law enforcement officers. Psychosomatic Medicine. 79 (3) A-81.

Barbosa-Leiker, C. Roper, V., McPherson, S., Ming, L., Wright, B.R., Hoekstra, T., Kostick, M. (2013). Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Relationships between Perceived Stress and Co-Reactive Protein in Men and Women. Stress and Health. 30 (2) 158-65

Fanale, C., Eldridge, D., Wright, B.R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Warren, L., Banasik, J., Dyck, D. (2012). Preliminary Results: High Density Lipoprotein is Predictive of Superior Cognitive Function in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74 (3) A-71.

Fanale, C., Eldridge, D., Wright, B.R., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Warren, L., Banasik, J., Dyck, D. (2012). Preliminary Results for the Effects of a Psychoeducational Intervention upon Physiological Markers Associated with Cognitive Impairment. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74 (3) A-101.

Howard, J.T., Wright, B.R., Blank, S. (2012). Associations Between Systemic Inflammation and Cognitive Impairment in a Multiple Sclerosis Sample. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73 (3) A-65.

Stevenson, J.E., Wright, B.R., Boydstun, A.S. (2012). The Metabolic Syndrome and Coronary Artery Disease: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach Suggestive of a Common Underlying Pathophysiology. Metabolism, 61 (11), 1582-8.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Kostick, M., Lei, M., McPherson, S., Roper, V., Hoekstra, T., Wright, B.R. (2012). Measurement Invariance of the Perceived Stress Scale and Latent Mean Differences across Gender and Time. Stress Health, doi: 10.1002/smi.2463.

 

Bruce Wright

Washington State University