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Travis Wright, PhD.

Dr. Travis Wright is an Assistant Professor of Education at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD). At GSEHD, Dr. Wright is the Founder/Director of The Resilience Project, a multi-disciplinary team of faculty implementing advanced training and research to investigate the relationship between risk and resilience in the lives of children and adolescents. His own work is primarily focused on the impact of poverty and trauma on the development of young children and their families. As well, he is currently leading a project to investigate the effects of involvement in commercial sexual exploitation on adolescent development. Dr. Wright is also working to launch the New Legacy School, an innovate preschool serving children ages 0-3 year in Washington, DC.

He completed both his doctorate in human development and psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in June 2006. Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Wright served as Manager of Youth and Education Outreach for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC. A former teacher, Wright taught sixth grade in Washington, DC Public Schools and worked as the service learning teacher at the Eagle Rock School, an alternative high school in Estes Park, Colorado, that is dedicated to developing innovative teaching strategies aimed at keeping young people in school. He served as Manager of Youth and Education Outreach for the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service (1994-95) while taking a year off from his studies at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville.

For his service related efforts, Wright received Youth Service America’s National New Generation Leadership Award, a Harry S. Truman Public Service Fellowship, and named to the first class of Point Foundation Scholars.

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