Assistant Professor, Children, Youth & Families
Linnie Green Wright, PhD, joined the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor in the Children, Youth, and Families concentration. Previously, Dr.Wright worked as a community-based researcher in New York City. Beginning with her work in New York City and throughout her transition to the Boston area, Dr. Wright's research has focused on a commitment to identifying and supporting neighborhood, school, and family strengths in low-income, ethnic-minority communities using empirically-sound research methods. This work has been demonstrated in her development of an innovative parent-child play intervention, called the Mommy and Me Play Program (MMPP). Preliminary research on the MMPP, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has revealed that parent participants developed improved play skills and child participants demonstrated reduced angry and aggressive classroom behaviors. This culturally-sensitive model, developed with low-income, African American families, is currently being adapted for recent immigrant, Latino families in the Boston area through a partnership with Catholic Charities.
In addition to her commitment to developing culturally-sensitive, community-based intervention programming to support parent-child relationships and children’s school readiness outcomes, Dr. Wright is also working to test the validity of a measure of parental social support and the connection between social support and parent and child outcomes with a sample of African American and Afro-Caribbean Head Start families. Crucial to assessing important parent-child outcomes in low-income, ethnic minority communities is the use of valid and reliable measures. This work will further inform how researchers assess and understand the strengths and needs of these complex communities. Additional ongoing research projects include: 1) an examination of the relationship between parent involvement variables and school readiness outcomes with Head Start programs serving two Dorchester neighborhoods, and 2) the development and validation of two measures of positive parenting for ethnically diverse Black families through a partnership with colleagues at Tufts University and New York University.