Stephen L. Wright


Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training – Counseling Psychology
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
  • Practicum in Supervision of Counseling
  • Professional Development Seminar in Counseling Psychology

Research Areas/Interests

  • Adult Attachment
  • Career Development
  • Gifted Adults
  • Work-Family Interface
  • Scale Development
  • College Students

Theoretical Orientation

  • Interpersonal/Psychodynamic

Sample of Publications

Wright, S. L., Firsick, D. M., Kacmarski, J. A., & Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A. (in press). Effects of attachment on coping efficacy, career decision self-efficacy, and life satisfaction. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Wright, S. L. (in press). Attachment and self-efficacy of career search activities: A structural model. The Career Development Quarterly.

Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Vaughan, A., & Wright, S. L. (2015). Development of a self-determination measure for college students: Validity evidence for the Basic Needs Satisfaction at College Scale. Measurement and Evaluation of Counseling and Development, 48, 266-284. doi: 10.1177/0748175615578737

Wright, S. L., & Díaz, F. (2014). Neuroscience research on aging and implications for counseling psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 534-540. doi: 10.1037/cou0000024 (Invited manuscript for the special section on Neuroscience and Counseling Psychology).

Wright, S. L., Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Boo, J, & Vannatter, A. (2014). Influential factors in academic and career self-efficacy: Attachment, supports, and career barriers. Journal of Counseling and Development, 92, 36-46. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00128.x

Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Wright, S. L., Howell, D. S., & Barnum, E. (2014). The Gendered Context of Career Values. In M. Pope, L.Y. Flores, & P.J. Rottinghaus (Eds.). The role of values in careers. Greensboro, NC: Information Age Publishing (non-refereed book chapter).

Perrone-McGovern, K. M., Wright, S. L., K. M., Howell, D. S., & Barnum, E. (2014). Contextual influences on work and family roles: Gender, culture, and socioeconomic factors. The Career Development Quarterly, 62, 21-28. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2014.00067.x

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 Development, 40, 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

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. doi: 10.1037/a0030277

Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Wright, S. L., & Johnson, B. (2013). The interrelationships among attachment style, personality traits, interpersonal competency, and Facebook use. Psychology of Popular Media and Culture, 2, 117-131. doi: 10.1037/a0030946