Eric R. Wright is Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Georgia State University and a Second Century Initiative (2CI) Faculty in the Atlanta Census Research Data - Health Policy and Risky Behaviors Cluster.
He holds a BA in sociology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and an MA and PhD in sociology from Indiana University Bloomington.
As a medical sociologist, his research interests center on public policy and social responses to health and illness, particularly mental health and illness, substance use, sexual health, and sexually transmitted diseases. Currently, he is involved in several projects exploring the social determinants and responses to prescription drug abuse and efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the mental and sexual health of adults with serious mental illness.
He enjoys working with community organizations and local and state government to better understand community health needs and improve the effectiveness of health-related programs and policies. He is or has been the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $8 million dollars in externally funded research and evaluation projects and has published numerous policy briefs, technical reports, and peer-reviewed scientific papers which have appeared in medical sociology as well as interdisciplinary health, psychiatric, and health policy journals.
Professor Wright also is an award winner teacher and deeply committed to involving students in research and service learning projects to make learning more relevant and to build stronger bridges between the academy and the community.
Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University, Dr. Wright was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Health Policy in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).