Dr. Amy Wright’s program of research seeks to understand the experiences of parents with young infants and toddlers, with a focus on Indigenous parenting and cultural safety. Recent work includes how Indigenous mothers experience using health care services to meet the health needs of their infants and demonstrates an urgent need for cultural safety and TVIC training for everyone working in health care. Other community-engaged projects aim to address the needs of Indigenous fathers caring for infants, and to understand the strengths and service needs of gender-diverse Indigenous parents. Dr. Wright has experience in community-based approaches to research, collaborating with Indigenous communities to meet their research goals. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Wright also works clinically as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children’s hospital.
Dr. Wright is the President of the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN), which provides education and networking opportunities for neonatal nurses in Canada, as well as the Past-Chair of the Nursing Research Interest Group (NRIG) through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). She was named one of 150 Nurses for Canada by the Canadian Nurses’ Association in 2017.
While completing her Ph.D. of Nursing at McMaster University, Dr. Wright held the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship in Research in First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit Health.
2019—PhD, McMaster University
2010—MScN, McMaster University
2009—Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, McMaster University
2006—BScN, McMaster University