Areas of Expertise
Food insecurity, HIV disease, program outcomes research, international nutrition.
Dr. Lauri Wright received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University. She completed the coordinated master’s degree/dietetic internship at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland VA Hospital and her PhD from USF
Dr. Wright worked as a clinical dietitian at the Tampa VA Hospital for more than 15 years, specializing in infectious disease. She began and directed the dietetic internship at Bay Pines VA Hospital. After completing her doctorate degree, Dr. Wright directed the master's/dietetic internship program at the University of North Florida. While at UNF, her work with HIV moved to the community and food insecurity. Dr. Wright then joined the faculty of the College of Public Health at University of South Florida as an assistant professor where her research focused on food insecurity and its health impact, HIV nutrition and global nutrition. Dr. Wright is an Academy Media Spokesperson, Delegate to the Academy House, and a past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.