Phyllis P. Wright DNP, MSN, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office of Academic Advancement

Areas of Expertise

Health Systems Improvement; Public Health Policy; Geriatrics

  • Clinical: Adult-Geriatric NP specializing in Chronic Disease Management, specifically Endocrine and Urology and Women’s Health
  • Research: Complex Self -management; Family-focused Care; Treatment Adherence; Quality of Life in Advanced Decision Making; Incontinence Management in Males and Females
  • Teaching: Undergraduate and Graduate Mentoring; Care of Persons with Chronic Conditions; Digital Education Initiatives with Advanced Rigor and Evidence Based Practice; Finance and Economics for Nursing Leadership; Health System Consulting Related to Systems; Implementation; Public Policy MPH
  • Clinical: Clinical VA practice; FQHC practice in USVI

Phone: 404.727.6417


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University

1520 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322-4027

Room: 319


Phyllis Wright joined the School of Nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor in September 2012. Dr. Wright  is a seasoned health systems consultant specializing in operations, public policy, reimbursement initiatives, process management, finance, and economics.  She is a pioneer for the development of online graduate nursing education at Emory incorporating didactic engagement, evidence based practice and integrative technology for her online students. As an board certified Adult Geriatric NP with a Post Masters Adult certificate, her clinical specialty is chronic disease management and integration of preventative care methodologies in a population based health setting, including the Veterans Administration and the Caribbean.  She holds dual practice privileges in both the mainland United States and the Virgin Islands.


Dr. Wright's primary research interest is Health Systems Leadership and Improvement-specifically as it involves chronic disease prevention and women’s health, currently with an emphasis in the Caribbean population. Current initiatives include readmission prevention, diabetes recognition and simplification of personal health management techniques for healthy aging. Developing an ongoing interest in digital education, she is currently an active member for Emory’s digital scholarship initiatives.

Clinical Practice

Wright's clinical practice specialty includes  those over age 12, both in primary, acute and community settings. Developing  and expanding culturally appropriate acute and primary care practice settings  for accelerated MSN students, Dr. Wight is currently augmenting her work as a clinician in the Caribbean.  She teaches health systems leadership and financial management to the DNP students in Emory’s initial hybrid/online education program.