Beatrice Wright, PhD

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  • Author of Physical Disability: A Psychosocial Approach, the premier text in the field of rehabilitation psychology
  • 1968: 66 field professionals rated her text “the outstanding contribution in its field” out of an evaluation of 76 significant works
  • Barred from being on the KU faculty until 1963 and not made a full professor until 1967 because she was a woman
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Iowa
  • 1984: received the Irvin Youngberg Award for Achievement in Applied Sciences
  • Pledged $50,000 to the Beatrice A Wright Scholarship in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology named in her honor
  • 1996: Beatrice A Wright Faculty Scholar in Clinical Psychology professorship established in her honor