Dr Gloria Wright

BEd(UWS), MEd(with Merit)(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)

Honorary Associate


Phone: +61 4 0990 5691

Fax: +61 2 9351 2606

Building.Room: A35.904

Professional biography

Dr Gloria Wright PhD, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Honorary Associate, and author of "The Medicalization Trap: a study of the labeling of children as ADHD" (2013), is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the global trend of ‘medicalizing’, human dilemmas, whereby a medical lens is applied to non-medical problems. 

Gloria Wright, a PhD graduate from The University of Sydney, delivers her high impact "beyond labels" message through speaking, teaching, advising and writing on the subject of "medicalization" and diversity. Her work and research aims to help researchers, parents, teachers, medical professionals and  policy makers go beyond restrictive “labels” to “reframe” social and education based problems as opportunities, rather than deficits.

Her experience covers UK Asia USA and throughout Australia ~ previous highlights include founding and first principal of an independent school ~ policy advisor to Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau and Hong Kong Institute of Education in education reform initiatives in school self evaluation: The Indicators for Inclusion; Advisor to the Hong Kong Institute of Teacher Education; Executive Director of a Non Government Charity, The Pathways Foundation for children with Learning Disabilities Hong Kong;  ~ founding and directing Learning Solutions Hong Kong in 2003 still current.

Current projects

  • Dr Gloria Sunnie Wright is transforming her PhD thesis titled 'The Medicalization of Behavior in children diagnosed as having ADHD" into a literary work under the mentorship of the Gordon Graham, one of Australia’s leading playwrights. Gloria has this to say about what is sure to be an exciting venture: "My qualitative study deeply probes contrasting perspectives influencing medicalising actions. My findings expose social tensions and complexities of femininity, masculinity and medical control, involved in the process of ‘achieving’ ADHD diagnoses. In my forthcoming literary work, which I plan to complete in 2013, I will draw on my research and my thirty years of experience in working directly with parents, health professionals and educators, to create, in literary form, a platform for debate concerning the process and impact of ‘medicalisation’. Gloria, further encouraged by her former supervisors Professors Trevor Parmenter and Barbara Fawcett, is delighted to be receiving direct advice and counsel from Gordon Graham, whose plays include Innocent Bystanders, Demolition Job, Hanging Together, Earl, and The Boys, which was the basis or the feature film of the same name. His first novel, Stuffed, was published in 2001, followed by Top Bloke and other notable works.