Faculty and Staff: Gregg Wright

Personal Information

I have three great sons: an engineer in Melbourne, AU, a puppeteer in New York City , and an emergency medicine resident in Cleveland. I am married to Janice Lawrence, an accounting professor at UNL. My personal long-term goal is to beat Tom Lane's Master's Swimming World Record of 2:02.52 for the 50-meter backstroke in the 100 to 104 year-old age group. It is time to start training.

Education

  • B.A., California Institute of Technology in Biology (1969)
  • M.D., Case Western Reserve-University Medical School (1974)
  • M.Ed. University of Massachusetts Amherst (1972)
  • Fellowship in School Health and Child Development, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (1976-1978)

Areas of Interest

  • Child Disability
  • Parent Support and Advocacy
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Drug Endangered Children
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Societal Issues of the Human Genome Initiative

Professional Activities & Community Service

  • Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Healthcare Safety Net 2009
  • Member Medical and Environmental Work Group, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
  • Nebraska Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC) Board member.
  • NADEC Protocol Subcommittee
  • Clerk of the Church Council, First Plymouth Congregational Church.
  • Founder and Selection Committee Co-Chairman, McAuliffe Prize Committee for Courage and Excellence in Education

CCFL Projects

  • Child Protection and Safety Training: Development and delivery of training in areas related to children, youth, and families including maltreatment, development, attachment, cultural awareness, special education, health issues, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
  • Guardian ad Litem Training: Part of the NE Supreme Court mandated training for all Nebraska GALs.
  • Member of Curriculum Review Oversight Committee (CROC)
  • Peer-to-Peer coordinator for Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center (MCWIC) Project
  • Logo and Mnemonic Development

Work Experience

  • 1991 - present, Research Associate Professor, Center on Children, Families, and the Law, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • 1983 - 1991 Director, Nebraska Department of Health.
  • 1983 Acting Director School Health Programs, UTMB Galveston.
  • 1978 - 1983 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Grants

  • Project Director for IDEAS: The Partnership Connection, a TIIAP grant from the U.S.Department of Commerce; Amount: $361,441 with $511,200 local matching funds, October 1, 1996 - September 30, 1998;
  • Cooper Foundation Grant to organize two conferences:
    • Preparing Schools for the Genetic Revolution, 1994 Lincoln
    • Preparing Schools for the Genetic Revolution, 1996 Lincoln
    • U.S. Department of Energy and Nebraska Humanities Council Grants
  • Preparing Schools for the Genetic Revolution, April, 2000 Lincoln
    • Principal Investigator and Project Co-director
    • Family Empowerment and Care Coordination on the Information
    • Superhighway. A health reform grant from the Maternal and Child
    • Health Bureau, October 1994 - June 30, 1997. Amount: $112,500
  • Principal Investigator, Measuring Attention in School Age Children. A three year grant from W.T. Grant Foundation; March 1, 1981 to February 29, 1984. Amount: $200,000

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Mental and Physical Conditions Encountered in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, 2007 Edition, prepared for Nebraska DHHS Pre-service Protection and Safety Worker Training.
  • The Methamphetamine Challenge, Gregg F. Wright, M.D., M.Ed, in Nebraska Medicine, Winter 2007, Volume 6, Number 1, Page 5, Journal of the Nebraska Medical Association
  • The CHEM-L Protocol, Gregg F. Wright, M.D., M.Ed, in Nebraska Medicine, Winter 2007, Volume 6, Number 1, Page 6
  • Behind the Drug: The Child Victims of Meth Labs, Barbara Sturgis and Gregg Wright, co-authors, in vol. 15, Number 2, 2002 of UPDATE, a publication of the American Prosecutors Research Institute's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
  • Weisz, Ph.D., Mental and Physical Conditions Encountered in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, 2001, a booklet for Protection and Safety Workers and Judges
  • Shank, N., Laible, D., Murphy-Berman, V., & Wright, G (1999) Internet based information and support: use by parents of children with disabilities. New Technology in the Human Services, 12(1 & 2), 7-19.
  • Shank, Roesch, Murphy-Berman and Wright, The Use of the Internet for At-risk Families Receiving Services Co-ordination in Dreams and Realities: Information Technology in the Human Services, Papers from the HUSITA 4 Conference 1996, Edited by Bryan Glastonbury, STAKES, Helsinki, Finland
Photo of Gregg Wright.