Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Professor, Family And Consumer Studies


Research Summary

My primary research focuses on creativity and the social emotional development.

Research Statement

Cheryl Wright's current research centers on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) focused on students with autism and their families. She is the co-founder of NeuroVersity - a technology based educational program for students with autism and related disorders. The program leverages 3D design software to enhance the social, personal and vocational skills of participating students. The program is strength-based (visual-spatial skills) and interest focused. The NeuroVersity research team has published 10 papers (since 2011) focusing on the student, parent, sibling and grandparent involvement in the program. The long-range goal of the program is employment since individuals with autism have some of the highest rates on unemployment, underemployment and mal-employment. The program that started in Salt Lake City has been replicated in 4 states and South Africa.



Research Keywords

  • Early Childhood or Pre-School Education; Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; , Interest Level: 5
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and technology, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • iSTAR, Research Professor. Family and Consumer Studies. 02/10/2009 - present.
  • SketchUp, Faculty Intern. FCS. 02/18/2010 - present. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Inter-interdisciplinary Grant.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • SketchUp. PI: Cheryl Wright. Co-PI(s): Diener, Dunn and Wright. University of Utah Interdisciplinary Grant, 01/12/2010 - 12/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $12,000.00