Matthew Wright, Ph.D.

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Director of Neuropsychology Services & Training
Director of the Neurocognitive Equipotentiality, Recovery & Development (NERD) Research Program

Educational Background

B.A.                             Psychology, California State University, Fresno
M.A.                            Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fresno
Ph.D.                          Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology, Washington State University, Pullman
Internship                   Clinical Psychology, Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles Healthcare Center
Fellowship                   Clinical Neuropsychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Wright is a clinical and cognitive neuropsychologist with interests in the cognitive sequelae of traumatic brain injury, models of memory, HIV-associated cognitive impairment, and neurocognitive predictors of functional outcome. The primary focus of his research is on understanding and optimizing cognitive recovery following brain injury. In addition to research, Dr. Wright directs neuropsychology services and training at Harbor-UCLA. In this capacity, he oversees delivery of neuropsychological assessment services to adults suffering from a wide variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders, in addition to providing training in clinical neuropsychology to graduate and postdoctoral students (see & Dr. Wright also mentors undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in research and professional development.

Selected Publications

Thames, A. D., Foley, J. M., Wright, M. J., Panos, S. E., Ettenhofer, M., Ramezani, A., Patel, Streiff, V., El-Saden, S., Goodwin, S., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Hinkin, C. H. (in press). Basal ganglia differentially contribute to verbal fluency among HIV-infected adults. Neuropsychologia.

Wright, M. J., Bachman, P., & Woo, E. (In Press). Working memory in the service of verbal episodic encoding: A cognitive neuropsychological perspective. In E. S. Levin (Ed.). Working Memory: Capacity, Developments and Improvement Techniques. Hauppauge, NY, Nova Publishers.

Wright, M. J., Woo, E., Foley, J., Ettenhofer, M. L., Cottingham, M. E., Gooding, A. L., Jang, J., Kim, M. S., Castellon, S. A., Miller, E. N., & Hinkin, C. H. (2011). Antiretroviral adherence and the nature of HIV-associated verbal memory impairment. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 23, 324-331.

Wright, M. J., & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2011). The impact of verbal memory encoding and consolidation deficits during recovery from moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26,182-191.

Wright, M. J., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Woo, E. (2010). Verbal memory impairment in severe closed-head injury: The role of encoding and consolidation. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 728-736.

Wright, M. J., Woo, E., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Hinkin, C. H., Miller, E. N., & Gooding, A. L. (2009). The Item-Specific Deficit Approach (ISDA) to evaluating verbal memory dysfunction: Rationale, psychometrics, and application. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 31, 790-802.

Wright, M. J., Woo, E., Barclay, T. R., & Hinkin, C. H. (2009). The functional impact of HIV-associated neuropsychological decline. In R. Paul, N. Sactor, K. Tashima, & V. Valcour (Eds.). HIV and the Brain: New Challenges in the Modern Era. (pp. 233-248). New York, NY, Humana Press.

Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Wright, M. J. (2004). Event-based prospective memory following severe closed-head injury. Neuropsychology, 18, 353-361.

Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Marks, W., Wright, M. J., & Ventura, M. (2004). Retrieval inhibition in directed forgetting following severe closed-head injury. Neuropsychology, 18, 104-114.

Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Wright, M. J. (2003). Content memory and temporal order memory for performed activities after severe closed-head injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 25, 933-948.