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Aidan Wright, PhD

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Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology and the Phil F. Jenkins Research Professor of Depression. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Pennsylvania State University after completing clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He started at the University of Michigan in 2023. Dr. Wright’s program of research focuses on the relationship between personality and psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on quantitative modeling of psychopathology, social/interpersonal processes and mental illness, and studying individuals in the natural settings of their daily life using ambulatory assessment (e.g., smartphone surveys and sensors). His work has been recognized by early career awards from the American Psychological Association, Society for Research in Psychopathology, and the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, among others. Dr. Wright is a founding member and currently sits on the executive committee of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology Consortium. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science (formerly Journal of Abnormal Psychology). 


Psychobiology of Suicidal Behavior in Borderline Personality Disorder (R01 MH048463), Using Smartphone Assessments for Personalized Prediction of Problematic Alcohol Use (R01 AA026879)

University Affiliation(s)

Eisenberg Family Depression Center

Research Area(s)

Clinical research | Mathematical modeling & statistical analysis | Mood | Sensors and Wearables | mental health


  • Principal investigator of: A multiverse analysis of the affect-alcohol use association
  • Co-investigator of: A Semantic Platform for Next Generation Deep Phenotyping in Mental Health and Its Applications
  • Principal investigator of: Close Relationships and Alcohol Use Disorder Risk
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