Stephen L. Wright


Associate Professor
Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

200-A McKee Hall, Campus Box 131
501 20th Street
The University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1838
(970) 351-2625 (fax)

Vita (PDF)


  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology; Ball State University (APA-Accredited)
  • M.A. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health; Ball State University
  • B.A. in Psychology; Asbury College
  • Doctoral Internship; Indiana University (APA-Accredited)

Courses Taught

  • Assessment for Intervention: Personality and Behavior
  • Practicum in Group Facilitation
  • Practicum in Individual Counseling
  • Appraisal and Assessment
  • Career Theory, Counseling, and Assessment

Research Areas/Interests

  • Attachment Theory
  • Career Development
  • Gifted Adults
  • Work-Family Interface

Theoretical Orientation

  • Interpersonal/Psychodynamic

Sample of Publications

  • Wright, S.L.,Jenkins-Guarnieri, M.A., & Murdock, J. (in press). Student persistence and college self-efficacy. Journal of Career Development.
  • Wright, S. L., Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., & Murdock, J. L. (2013). Career development among first year college students: College self-efficacy, student persistence, and academic success. Journal of Career Development40, 292-310. doi: 10.1177/0894845312455509
  • Wright, S. L., Wright, D. A., & Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A. (2013). Development of the social efficacy and outcome expectations scale. Measurement and Evaluation of Counseling and Development, 46, 218-231. doi: 10.1177/0748175613484042
  • Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Wright, S. L., K. M., Howell, D. S., & Barnum, E. (in press). Contextual influences on work and family roles: Gender, culture, and socioeconomic factors. The Career Development Quarterly.
  • Wright, S. L., Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Boo, J, & Vannatter, A. (in press). Influential factors in academic and career self-efficacy: Attachment, supports, and career barriers. Journal of Counseling and Development.
  • Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Wright, S. L., & Johnson, B. (2013). The Interrelationships among attachment style, personality traits, interpersonal competency, and facebook. Psychology of Popular Media and Culture. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0030946
  • Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Wright, S. L., & Johnson, B. (2013). Development and validation of the Social Media Use Integration Scale. Psychology of Popular Media and Culture, 2, 38-50.
  • Wright, S. L., & Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A. (2012). Student evaluations of teaching: Combining the meta-analyses and demonstrating further evidence for effective use. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 37, 683-699. doi:10.1080/02602938.2011.563279
  • Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Wright, S. L., & Hudiburgh, L. M. (2012). The relationship between attachment style, personality traits, facebook use and interpersonal competency. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 294-301. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2012.08.00
  • Dreier, A. S., & Wright, S. L. (2011). Helping society’s outcast: The impact of counseling sex offenders. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 33, 359-376.
  • Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Ksiazak, T. M., Wright, S. L., Vannatter, A., Hyatt, C., & Shepler, D. (in press). Major Life Decisions of Gifted Adults in relation to Overall Life Satisfaction. Journal for the Education of the Gifted.
  • Wright, S. L., & Perrone, K. M. (2010). An examination of the role of attachment and efficacy in life satisfaction. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 796-823.
  • Jackson, Z. V., Wright, S. L., & Perrone, K. M. (2010). Work-family interface for men in nontraditional careers. The Journal of Employment Counseling, 47, 157-166.
  • Perrone, K. M., Ksiazak, T. M., Wright, S. L., Vannatter, A., Crane, A. L., & Tanney, A. (2010). Multigenerational giftedness: Perceptions of giftedness across three generations. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 33, 606-627.
  • Perrone, K. M., Wright, S. L., Ksiazak, T. M., Crane, A. L., & Vannatter, A. (2010). Looking back on lessons learned: Gifted adults reflect on their experiences in advanced classes. Roeper Review, 32, 127-139.
  • Perrone, K. M., Wright, S. L., & Jackson, Z. V. (2009). Traditional and nontraditional gender roles and work-family interface for men and women. Journal of Career Development, 36, 8-24.
  • Wright, S. L., & Perrone, K. M. (2008). The impact of attachment on career-related variables: A review of the literature and proposed theoretical framework to guide future research. Journal of Career Development, 35, 87-106.
  • Perrone, K. M., Jackson, V. J., Wright, S. L., Ksiazak, T. M., & Perrone, P. A. (2007). Perfectionism, achievement, life satisfaction, and attributions of success among gifted adults. Advanced Development Journal: A Journal on Adult Giftedness, 11, 106 – 123.
  • Perrone, K. M., Perrone, P. A., Ksiazak, T. M., Wright, S. L., & Jackson, V. (2007). Self perceptions of gifts and talents among adults in a longitudinal study of academically talented high school graduates. Roeper Review, 29, 259 – 264.
  • Perrone, K. M., Webb, L. K., Wright, S. L., Jackson, V., & Ksiazak, T. M. (2006). The relationship of spirituality to work and family roles and life satisfaction among gifted adults. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 28, 253 – 268.