SCOTT D WRIGHT
  • Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, Con Nursing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Family And Consumer Studies
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing

Research Statement

Scott D. Wright, Ph.D., has a background in human development and life course theories with an emphasis in gerontology. He is currently working on a research project that examines autism spectrum disorders in adulthood and aging. He has investigated the roles of technology in an aging society (also known as "post aging.") He also has interests in adult development and aging, and retirement hot spots in the United States particularly the intermountain west. At the University of Utah he teaches several gerontology courses with an emphasis on distance learning.

Research Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and adulthood and aging
  • technology and aging
  • aging baby boomers
  • technology and intergenerational relationships
  • Environmental Hazards and Aging
  • Web-based (Online) curriculum
  • Retirement Trends for Older Adults
  • Human Ecology
  • Human Development
  • Gerontology
  • Environmental Attitudes and Concerns of Older Adults
  • Demographic patterns - Aging
  • Adult Education

Presentations

  • The Challenge and Promise of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adulthood and Aging: Implications for Post-Secondary Educational Systems and Occupational Development (ID:1409235) at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) - in St.Petersburg, FL. Feb. 2013. Poster, Accepted, 10/11/2012.
  • “Grandparents of Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Strengthening Relationships Through Technology Activities”, Valerie D’ Astous, Scott Wright, Cheryl Wright, Marissa Diener (2012). Presentation at the 65th Annual Scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Poster, Presented, 11/2012.
  • "The Challenge and Promise of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adulthood and Aging: A Systematic Review of the Literature (1990-2013) Scott Wright, Denise Brooks, VAl D'Astous, and Temple Grandin (2012). Presentation at the 65th Annual Scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Poster, Presented, 11/2012.
  • Dunn, L., Wright, C., Diener, M., Wright, S., Linnell, L., Newbold, K., & D’Astous, V. (2011, October). An unexpected Journey into the lives of families and Children with Asperger Syndrome: Using technology to facilitate social engagement. Paper presented at the 10th annual Society for Study of Occupation: USA conference, Park City, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Grandparents of Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Strengthening Relationships Through Technology Activities. at the Center on Aging - University of Utah 2012 - Research Retreat . Poster, Accepted, 02/15/2012.
  • 12/4 “The U.S and China: parallel Challenges in Health Care - Using GIS to Understand Environmental hazards in an Aging Society.” IPIA Program, Asia Center, University of Utah/ . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/04/2008.
  • "Aging in Place" to the Salt Lake City Council on April 2, 2012. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/12/2012.
  • Google Tech Talk: SketchUp - A technology tool to faciliate intergenerational relationships and social, creative and job skills in children on the autism spectrum. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2011.
  • "New Demography meets new Technology: Grandparents and their Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorder" Utah Aging Alliance Meeting and Conference (# 403), Scott Wright, Cheryl, Wright, Val D'Astous. Presentation, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Dunn, L., Wright, C., Diener, M., Wright, S., Linette, L., Newbold, K., & D’Astous, V. (2011, October). An unexpected Journey into the lives of families andcChildren with Asperger Syndrome: Using technology to facilitate social engagement. Paper presented at the 10th annual Society for Study of Occupation: USA conference, Park City, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 07/01/2011.
  • "Digital engagement: Using technology to facilitate prosocial and creative skills in children on the autism spectrum"; presented at the national Conference for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC 2011 Annual Conference & Expo November 2-5, Orlando, FL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 04/2011.
  • "Technology and Intergenerational Relationships Among Children with Autism". Poster presentation at the National Conference on Family Relations (NCFR), Orlando, FL. Poster, Presented, 11/2011.
  • "Technology and Intergenerational Relationships Among Children with Autism". Poster presentation at the National Conference on Family Relations (NCFR), Orlando, FL. November 19, 2011. # 417-22 EE. Poster, Accepted, 04/2011.
  • "New Demography meets new Technology: Grandparents and their Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorder" Utah Aging Alliance Meeting and Conference (# 403), Scott Wright, Cheryl, Wright, Val D'Astous, SLCC campus (The Miller Campus) Sandy, UT.Aug. 18th, 2011. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 05/2011.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intergenerational Issues. Poster presented at Utah Valley University 2011 Mental Health Symposium: Focus on Autism. April 17, 2011. Orem, Utah. Poster, Presented, 04/2011.
  • "Impact of Certificate in Gerontology - Geriatric Elective" at the American Geriatrics Society Annual meeting. Katherine Anderson, Scott Wright, Denise Brooks, and Mark Supiano. May 11 -14 in National Harbor, MD. Poster, Accepted, 01/2011.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intergenerational Issues. Poster presented at Utah Valley University 2011 Mental Health Symposium: Focus on Autism. April 17, 2011. Orem, Utah. Poster, Accepted, 02/2011.
  • 11/18 “Home Alone and other challenges of growing old.” Utah Commission on Aging, Salt Lake County Government Bldg. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/18/2008.
  • "Post-Aging: A New Typology" Katarina Felsted and Scott Wright; 2011 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging Date & Time: April 26 – April 30, 2011 Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. Poster, Accepted, 01/2011.
  • Toward Post Aging: Technology in an Aging Society. 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontology Society of America (GSA). Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 06/2010.
  • Philosophical Issues and post aging. Presented at the 2010 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 06/2010.
  • Toward Post Aging: Technology in an Aging Society. Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) . Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/2009.
  • Creating an Interdisciplinary Course in Aging: Planning and Processes. Workshop and paper presented at 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) in San Antonio, TX. Feb. 29, 2009. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/2008.
  • 10/08 “Current and projected educational and training needs in the field of aging.” Utah Aging Alliance, Zermatt Resort, Midway, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/08/2008.
  • "Autism Aging" XI Autism-Europe International Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 16-18, 2016 . Presentation, Accepted, 04/08/2016.
  • Wright, S. (2015). Aging and Autism: The Bioecological model as an Interdisciplinary Framework for Research, Services, and Programs. Podium presentation at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Gerontological Society of America. November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 11/10/2015.
  • Autism and Aging: Research, Community Services and Programs, and Policy Issues poster presentation accepted for poster presentation at The Gerontological Society of America's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place in Orlando, Florida from November 18 to 22, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 07/13/2015.
  • Tapping into Tech Talent: 3D Design for Youth on the Autism Spectrum; presented at Autism Society of Amercia’s 46th Annual Conference in Denver, CO. July 10, 2015 . Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 07/10/2015.
  • Invited Podium Presentation at Annual State Conference – Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) sponsored by University of Central Florida (UCF) Orlando Florida. January 2014. Developing Tech Talent in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum. Scott Wright and Cheryl Wright. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 01/17/2014.

Research Groups

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • The application of technologies for intergenerational support (grandparents and grandchildren) with children on the Autism Spectrum (AS) . PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Marissa Deiner, Scott Wright, Louise Dunn. University of Utah Interdisciplinary Research Grant Award, 01/2011 - present. Total project budget to date: $11,514.00
  • SketchUp: A technology Tool to Facilitate School Interaction for Children with Autism . PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Marissa Diener, Scott Wright, Louise Dunn. University of Utah Interdisciplinary Research Grant , 01/2011 - 01/2013. Total project budget to date: $11,413.00
  • SketchUp: A technology Tool to Facilitate School Interaction for Children with Autism. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Marissa Diener, Scott Wright, Louise Dunn. University of Utah Interdisciplinary Research grant Award, 01/2011 - 01/2012. Total project budget to date: $11,513.00 Nugget: WrightIDRlttr.pdf

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Community Research Grant (CBR) Using SketchUp as a technology tool to faciliate creative, social and compuer skills in children with autism. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Marissa Diener, Louise Dunn, Scott Wright. 12/2011 - present.
  • Using Google SketchUp for Strenghtening Social Engagement and Occupational Development for Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger's Syndrome. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Scott Wright, Marissa Diener, Louise Dunn. 12/2011 - present.
  • Autism Speaks. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Scott Wright, Marissa Diener, Louise Dunn. 12/2011 - present.
  • The Implementation and Assessment of a Progressive Digital Learning and Badging System of Technology Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. MacArthur Foundation - HASTAC. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Scott Wright, Marissa Diener, Louise Dunn. 12/2011 - present. Nugget: Budget and Budget Narrative for Research proposal.doc

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Publications

  • D'Astous, V. & Wright, S.D. et al Grandparents of Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Influences on Engagement - accepted for publication in Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. Published, 06/01/2013.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/153507...
  • Wright, S.D., Brooks, D., D'Astous, V. & Grandin, T. The Challenge and the Promise of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adulthood and Aging: A Systematic review of the Literature (1990-2013) (submission ID 11072) - accepted for publication in Autism Insights. Published, 03/15/2013.
    http://www.la-press.com/the-challenge-and-promise-...
  • Wright, S.D., & D' Astous, V. Grandparents and Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strengthening Relationships through Technology Activities" submitted to International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Published, 12/2012.
    http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=a...
  • Wright, C., Diener, M., Dunn, L., Wright, S. SketchUp: A Technology Tool to Facilitate Intergenerational Family Relationships for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2, December 2011 135–149 DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-3934.2011.02100.x. Published, 12/2011.
  • Rebecca L. Utz, Dale A. Lund, Michael S. Caserta, and Scott D. Wright The Benefits of Respite Time-Use: A Comparison of Employed and Nonemployed Caregivers Journal of Applied Gerontology 0733464810389607, first published on February 28, 2011 doi:10.1177/0733464810389607. Published, 02/28/2011.
    http://jag.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/02/28/07...
  • Dale A. Lund, Rebecca Utz, Michael S. Caserta, and Scott D. Wright (2009). Examining what caregivers do with respite time to make respite more effective. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28, 1: pp. 109-131., first published on October 1, 2008. Published, 10/01/2008.
    http://jag.sagepub.com/content/28/1
  • The Age Wave is Here: The Aging of the Baby Boom Cohort. Published, 11/2010.
  • Preternatural Aging. A Review Essay. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts. Wright, S. (2008). Life in the long lane. A review essay. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 2:298-313. Published, 10/01/2008.
  • Wright, S., Wright, C., D’Astous, V. & Wadswoth, A. (2016). Autism aging. Gerontology and Geriatric Education, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02701960.2016.1247073. Accepted, 10/15/2016.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/027019...
  • Scott D. Wright (Editor) - Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life Bringing together a wealth of professional and academic research, alongside personal insights into aging and autism, this edited sourcebook focusses on the challenges faced by individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and are middle aged or older. Including a range of personal, academic and clinical perspectives, the book considers historical and contemporary perspectives on autism, including diagnosis, developmental outcomes and life course issues. Attention is given to medical, care and psychological issues that arise as people with ASD age, such as declining cognitive function and speech and communication issues. Family, community support, housing, advocacy, and socio-cultural considerations for older adults with ASD are also given careful consideration, and there are chapters on relationship and sexuality issues and on environmental design. Published, 03/18/2016.
    http://www.jkp.com/usa/autism-spectrum-disorder-in...
  • Diener, M., Wright, C., Dunn, L. & Wright, S.D. A Creative 3D Design Programme: Building on Interests and Social Engagement for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - in International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. Accepted, 07/06/2015.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/hT2JMsU8BCImzwTM...
  • Dunn, L. Diener, M. L., Wright, C. A., Wright, S., Narumanchi, A. (2015). Social Engagement among boys with ASD: Building on interests through an extracurricular technology-focused program. Work, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 457-468, 2015. Submitted, 11/14/2014.
  • Book: Felsted, K & S. Wright (2014). Toward Post Aging: Technology in an Aging Society. Series: Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Vol. 1 New York; Springer Publishing. Published, 11/13/2014.
    http://www.springer.com/biomed/book/978-3-319-0905...
  • Diener, M.., Wright, C. A., Newbold, K., & Wright, S. (2014). Adapting a tool to assess visual-spatial creativity in children with autism by building on their strengths. Creativity Research Journal, 26(2), pages 328-337. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10400419.2014.929421#.VJRaWABCaA. Accepted, 11/12/2014.
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10400...
  • Book Chapter: Diener, M. L., Wright, C., Wright, D.S., & Linnell, L. (2014). Tapping into Tech Talent: Using Technology to Facilitate Personal, Social, and Vocational Skills in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To appear in T. Cardon (Ed.), Technology and Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Series Title: Autism and Child Psychopathology Series. Springer. Accepted, 11/06/2014.
  • Wright, C., Wright, S. Diener, M. Eaton, J. (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Applied Collaborative Approach: A Review of Community Based Participatory Research and Participatory Action Research, Journal of Autism, published online, http://www.hoajonline.com/autism/2054-992X/1/1. Accepted, 10/16/2014.
    http://www.hoajonline.com/autism/2054-992X/1/1
  • Wright, S. D. and Wadsworth A. (2014). Gray and green revisited: A multidisciplinary perspective of gardens, gardening and the aging process. Journal of Aging Research, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 283682, 13 pages, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/283682. Accepted, 07/17/2014.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/283682
  • Adams, B. Wright, C., Diener, M, and Wright, S.D. The Theory of Collective Memory and the 1953 Short Creek Arizona Polygamous Raid, Journal of Family History, Journal of Family History October 2013 vol. 38 no. 4 443-465 A key question in collective memory research is how such memories are created and shared over time. This study consisted of a qualitative content analysis of documentary artifacts to determine whether there is a collective memory of the 1953 Arizona Short Creek Raid and, if so, how it developed and contributes to an ongoing sense of identity for some Fundamentalist Mormons. The study found the 1953 Short Creek Raid is the basis for a collective memory. That memory was solidified during a “myth-making” period and is reinforced through family and community activities to perpetuate a common group identity among some present-day Fundamentalist Mormons. Published, 10/15/2013.
    http://jfh.sagepub.com/content/38/4/443.abstract

Copyrights

  • iSTAR Curriculum Plan . Cheryl Wright and Scott Wright, 09/01/2012. also seeking trademark (pending) with US Trademark office on iSTAR name.