Kathrine Wright

Kathrine E. Wright, Ph.D., MPH

Ph.D. Alumna - Social and Behavioral Health


Kathrine E. Wright earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno, in August 2020.  Her research focuses on food insecurity and food inequity and the role these two constructs have in creating health disparities. Wright utilizes a CBPR approach to address cultural level factors that may alleviate food insecurity and associated poor health outcomes. Her dissertation research incorporated anthropological theories and concepts through a public health lens to understand how cultural food security impacts cultural identity and well-being. She believes that a multi-disciplinary approach that combines public health and anthropology is needed to tackle particular food insecurity aspects not widely addressed.

Faculty mentors

  • Dr. Julie E. Lucero
  • Dr. Eric Crosbie


  • 2017 Public Health Doctoral Student of the Year, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno

Selected publications

Wright, K.E., Lucero, J.E., Ferguson, J.K., Granner, M.L., Devereux, P.G., Pearson, J.L., & Crosbie, E.. (2021). The impact that cultural food security has on identity and well-being in the second-generation U.S. American minority college students. Food Security. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12571-020-01140-w

Wright, K.E., Lucero, J.E., Ferguson, J.K., Granner, M.L., Devereux, P.G., Pearson, J.L., & Crosbie, E. (2021). The influence of cultural food security on cultural identity and well-being: a qualitative comparison between second-generation American and international students in the United States. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1-27.   https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2021.1875455

Crosbie, E., Pomeranz, J.L., Wright, K.E., Hoeper, S., & Schmidt, L. (2021). State preemption: An emerging threat to local sugar-sweetened beverage taxationAmerican Journal of Public Health. 111(4), 677-686. http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.306062

Wright, K. E., Lucero, J. E., & Crosbie, E. (2019). “It’s nice to have a little bit of home, even if it’s just on your plate”–Perceived barriers for Latinos accessing food pantries. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2019.1664963


2020 Ph.D. in Public Health with specialization in Social and Behavioral Health

2016 MPH with an emphasis in Public Health Nutrition, Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine

2013 B.S. in Kinesiology with a specialization in Health Promotion & Fitness Leadership, Michigan State University