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A. Jordan Wright

Clinical Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology


A. Jordan Wright is a Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of the combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology PhD program in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, as well as a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology (ABAP) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) ,and the American Academy for Assessment Psychology (AAAP). 

Jordan’s scholarship centers on two main areas, social justice/LGBTQIA+ psychology (including LGBTQ+ microaggressions) and psychological assessment. He has authored multiple widely-used books on psychological assessment, including Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners (2nd ed.; Wiley, 2020); Essentials of Psychological Tele-Assessment (with Susie Raiford; Wiley, 2021); Essentials of Psychological Assessment Supervision (Wiley, 2019); and, with Gary Groth-Marnat, the sixth edition of the Handbook of Psychological Assessment (Wiley, 2016), the most widely used text in graduate training on assessment. His next book will be out in fall 2024, Essentials of Culture in Psychological Assessment, and he is working on the next edition of the Handbook of Psychological Assessment.

Jordan is the founding director of the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing (CCCW), the training clinic in NYU's Clinical/Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program, as well as coordinating and teaching the psychological assessment curriculum for the doctoral program.

Prior to joining NYU, Jordan spent five years on faculty in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he coordinated and ran the psychological assessment training. He then spent six years on faculty at Empire State College, State University of New York, where he coordinated the statewide online psychology curriculum and served as Department Chair of Psychology statewide. He also previously ran the mental health department for The HOPE Program, a workforce development program for chronically under- and unemployed adults in Brooklyn.

Selected Publications

  • Wright, A. J. (Ed.). (2024). Essentials of culture in psychological assessment. Wiley Publishers.
  • Wright, A. J., Williams, N. J., Starling, T., Reynolds, A., & Garcia-Lavin, B. (2023). Deep-structure course and curriculum liberation for social responsiveness. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 17(1), 22- 30.
  • Wright, A. J., Vardanian, M. M., & Constantine, K. (2023). The Wright-Constantine Structured Cultural Interview (WCSCI) and integration of culture into case conceptualization. The Counseling Psychologist, 51(1), 36-61.
  • Wright, A. J., Pade, H., Gottfried, E., Arbisi, P. A., McCord, D. M., & Wygant, D. B. (2022). Evidence-based clinical psychological assessment (EBCPA): Review of current state of the literature and best practices. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 53(4), 372–386.
  • Wright, A. J. (2022). Deliberate context-driven conceptualization in psychological assessment. Journal of Personality Assessment, 104(5), 700-709.
  • Wright, A. J. (2022). A practical application of self psychology in psychotherapy. Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision, 14(4), 13.
  • Wright, A. J. (2021). Psychological and neuropsychological underpinnings of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessment. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 26(3), 783-794.
  • Wright, A. J. (2021). Master's-level psychological assessment competencies and training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 16(3), 272-279.
  • Wright, A. J., & Raiford, S. (2021). Essentials of psychological tele-assessment. Wiley Publishers.
  • Wright, A. J., Chavez, L., Edelstein, B., Grus, C., Krishnamurthy, R., Lieb, R., Mihura, J. L., Pincus, A. L., and Wilson, M. (2020). Education and training guidelines for psychological assessment in health service psychology. American Psychologist. Online first:
  • Wright, A. J. (2020). Conducting psychological assessment: A guide for practitioners (2nd ed.). Wiley Publishers.
  • Wright, A. J. (2020). Equivalence of remote, digital administration and traditional, in-person administration of the WISC-V. Psychological Assessment, 32(9), 809-817.
  • Wright, A. J., Mihura, J. L., Pade, H., & McCord, D. M. (2020). Guidance on psychological tele-assessment during the COVID-19 crisis. American Psychological Association.
  • COVID-19 Task Force to Support Personality Assessment [Lead Author]. (2020). Tele-assessment of personality and psychopathology. Society for Personality Assessment.
  • Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Education and Training Guidelines for Psychological Assessment in Health Service Psychology [Chair]. (2020). APA guidelines for education and training in psychological assessment in health service psychology.
  • Wright, A. J. (Ed.) (2019). Essentials of psychological assessment supervision. Wiley Publishers.
  • Wright, A. J. (2018). Equivalence of remote, online administration and traditional, face-to-face administration of the Woodcock-Johnson IV cognitive and achievement tests. Archives of Assessment Psychology, 8(1), 23-35.
  • Stern, S., & Wright, A. J. (2018). Discrete effects of religiosity and spirituality on gay identity and self-esteem. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(8), 1071-1092.
  • Wright, A. J. (2018). Comprehensive assessment of substance abuse and addiction risk in adolescence. In A. Sisselman-Borgia & T. MacMillan (Eds.), New Directions in Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 25-55). Springer Publishing.
  • Groth-Marnat, G., & Wright, A. J. (2016). Handbook of psychological assessment (6th ed.). Wiley Publishers.
  • Wegner, R. T., & Wright, A. J. (2016). A psychometric evaluation of the Homonegative Microaggressions Scale. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 20(4), 299-318.
  • Wright, A. J., & Stern, S. (2016). The role of spirituality in sexual minority identity. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(1), 71-79.
  • Sarno, E., & Wright, A. J. (2013). Homonegative microaggressions and identity in bisexual men and women. Journal of Bisexuality, 13, 63-81.
  • Wright, A. J., & Wegner, R. T. (2012). Homonegative microaggressions and their impact on LGB individuals: A measure validity study. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6, 34-54.


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