Annie Wright

Executive Director

Annie Wright

Center on Research and Evaluation


Ph.D., University of South Carolina


Expressway Tower
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dallas 75206
Box 511



Dr. Annie Wright is the Executive Director for Southern Methodist University’s Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE). She is a Clinical Community psychologist and a program evaluator. Her expertise is in the planning, implementation and evaluation of K-12 educational programming. She works with a range of educational settings, including districts, schools, and out of school time non-profits. She has a particular interest in the work of community coalitions focused on educational reform and systems level change.

Dr. Wright pays particular attention to both community and implementation science principles in order to inform effective programming. Within educational settings, her content expertise covers social & emotional learning, technology as a pedagogical tool, afterschool and STEM programming, pre-kindergarten programs, and programming within museums and other informal learning settings. Related content areas Dr. Wright has worked on include adolescent pregnancy and underage drinking prevention. 

Her responsibilities as the Executive Director include ensuring the quality and rigor of all CORE projects and facilitating smooth collaboration with program staff, funders, and other evaluation partners. Dr. Wright is also responsible for developing complex, yet feasible, process and outcome evaluation plans, multiple forms of data collection, management, analysis, report writing and presentations, in addition to coordinating CORE’s evaluation team.

Prior to joining CORE, Dr. Wright ran an independent consulting business, providing evaluation consultation and educational research services to a wide range of clients.

Dr. Wright received her Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She earned a BA degree in Psychology and Urban Studies from Rhodes College.

Dr. Wright’s professional affiliations include the Society for Community Research and Action, and the American Evaluation Association.

Selected Publictions

Wright, A., Lamont, A., Wandersman, A., & Osher, D. (2014) Getting to outcomes and social and emotional learning programs. In, Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning, CASEL, Chicago, IL

Markle, R. S., Wright, A., Lamont, A. E., Abraczinskas, M., & Wandersman, A. (submitted for publication). Evaluating professional development for a district-wide one-to-one computing initiative: How do quality and quantity of professional development affect instructional quality? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Wright, A., Lamont, A., Wandersman, A., & Osher, D. (book chapter under review) Getting to outcomes and social and emotional learning programs. In, Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning, CASEL,Chicago,IL.

Lamont, A., Wright, A., Wandersman, A., Hamm. D. (2014). An empowerment evaluation approach to implementing with quality at scale: The Quality implementation process and tools. In, Empowerment Evaluation, 2nd Edition, D. Fetterman, S, Kaftarian & A. Wandersman, Eds.

Wright, A. Duffy, J., Kershner, S. (2015, in press) New opportunities in teen pregnancy prevention: Identifying individual and environmental differences between youth who abstain, use contraception and use no contraception. American Journal of Evaluation

Wright, A. & Davis, A.A. (2008). Adolescent pregnancy through educators’ eyes: Perceptions of worries and provision of support, Urban Education, 43, 6

Wright, A. & Kloos, B. (2006). Housing environment and mental health outcomes: A levels of analysis perspective. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27, 1, 79-89.

Townley, G., Kloos, B., & Wright, A. (2008). Understanding the experience of place: Expanding methods to conceptualize and measure community integration of persons with serious mental illness. Health & Place, 15,2 , 520-531.

Myers, D.C., Katz, J, Chein, V. Wandersman, A., Scaccia, J.P., & Wright, A. (2012). A synthesis and translation of implementation frameworks: Development and piloting of the quality implementation tool. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50, 3, 481-496.

Chinman M, Ebener P, Malone PS, Imm P, Osilla K, Paddock SM, Wright PA, Burkhart Q. (2013). The carrot and the stick: A cross-sectional study of the influences on responsible merchant practices to reduce underage drinking. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 463-470.

Chinman M, Ebener P, Burkhart Q, Osilla KC, Imm P, Paddock SM, Wright PA (In Press). Evaluating the impact of Getting To Outcomes-Underage Drinking on prevention capacity and alcohol merchant attitudes and selling behaviors. Prevention Science

Ebener P, Fan C, Imm P, Osilla KC, Paddock SM, Wright PA (2011). The Premises is the Premise: Understanding Off- and On-Premises Alcohol Sales Outlets to Improve Environmental Alcohol Prevention Strategies. Prevention Science, 12, 181-191.