Dr. Elizabeth Quinn Wright

Assistant Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Quinn Wright
615 898-5935
Room 313, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 238, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Sam Houston State University (2004)
  • M.A., Sam Houston State University (2000)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1994)

Areas of Expertise

Victimology (general, repeat victimization, sexual assault); creating a holistic response to assist crime victims in recovery; stress management and vicarious trauma; police-community relations; disaster management and criminal justice; crime prevention

Experience with external funding agencies
None

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Wright is originally from Wisconsin, where she earned Bachelor�s degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare, with a certificate in Criminal Justice in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University in 2004. Her interests include: Victimology and victim's studies, females and criminal justice, juvenile justice and delinquency, police-community relations, stress management and vicarious trauma, and disaster respons...

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Dr. Elizabeth Wright is originally from Wisconsin, where she earned Bachelor�s degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare, with a certificate in Criminal Justice in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University in 2004. Her interests include: Victimology and victim's studies, females and criminal justice, juvenile justice and delinquency, police-community relations, stress management and vicarious trauma, and disaster response and criminal justice. Dr. Wright has worked as a corrections liaison with both incarcerated boys and girls and an HIV counselor. Additionally, she worked for a number of years as a rape crisis hotline counselor and support group facilitator and continued her victim advocacy work through the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County organization from 2007-2011. In addition to responding to crisis line calls and emergency room companion call, she served as a member of the Board of Directors for four years, including appointments as Board Treasurer and Board Secretary for 3 of those years, was a primary grant writer for the organization, and assisted with training and fundraising efforts.

Most recently, Dr. Wright has worked on projects exploring fear of crime and citizen satisfaction of police for the Fayetteville Police Department, exploring availability and utilization of victim services for domestic violence victims in four counties within North Carolina, evaluating a self-defense program for victims of sexual assault, and assessing teaching at the undergraduate level in criminal justice.

She has been published in Women & Criminal Justice, Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, Contemporary Justice Review, ACJS Assessment Forum, and Crime Prevention and Community Safety. She has also written four book chapters exploring different victimological and victims' rights issues and a technical report on the victimization experience presented to the Texas State Legislature. In 2015, Dr. Wright, along with Dr. Sara Brightman (Fayetteville State University), published a new textbook on crime victimization, (the second edition of which is coming out in 2018), offering students a broader look at burgeoning issues and working with victims overall.

Dr. Wright comes to MTSU with 11 years of experience of teaching/research/service at the University level. She previously worked at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she earned the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, and Assistant Department Chair and was actively engaged in numerous committees, including the Sexual Misconduct Task Force which was responsible for ensuring the University was meeting the standards of the Campus SAVE Act.

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