Social Sciences


Amy Conley Wright

Current Positions:

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong
Member, Early Start Research Institute


Dr Amy Conley Wright is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Member of the Early Start Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. Her research contributes to building the evidence base on family support by community organizations working with families of young children with disabilities and families at risk of child maltreatment. She is also studies effective advocacy for creating social change on behalf of individual children, communities and social policy. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of child maltreatment prevention, parent peer support, social investment, and policy advocacy. She is co-author of Six Steps to Child Advocacy: Changing the World for Children (Sage Publications, 2013) and co-editor of Developmental Social Work: Investment Strategies and Professional Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010). Amy previously held positions as assistant professor of child and adolescent development at San Francisco State University and director of Romanian Childrens Relief, where she managed programs that promoted childrens healthy development in institutional settings and transition to foster care.

Research Interests:

Child advocacy, family support, child welfare, child & adolescent development, child and family policy, policy advocacy, program planning and development


California State University Quality Online Learning and Teaching Award (2013); Presidential Award for Professional Development of Probationary Faculty, San Francisco State University (2012); Center for Child & Youth Policy Doctoral Dissertation Award, UC Berkeley (2008); Society for Social Work Research Doctoral Dissertation Fellow Award (2007); Influencing State Policy Doctoral Dissertation Award (2006); Society of Women Geographers Fellowship (2004); UC Regents Intern Multi-year Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2002); Phi Beta Kappa & Summa cum Laude, Boston University (2000).

Research Students

  • Kristen Burriel : The Experience of Mothers Living with a Diagnosis of Mental Illness