Courtney Wright

Courtney Wright

Dr Wright’s research has focused on four major streams: (1) consumer priorities and preferences, particularly in relation to housing; (2) housing, homelessness, and social and emotional wellbeing of First Peoples with neurocognitive and severe/profound disability; (3) culturally safe and appropriate research methods; and (4) evidence-based practice. Her research has informed policy development around the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) in Queensland, practice guidelines for inclusive housing, and several Commonwealth Government Inquiry submissions. Her work has been widely published in international journals, and presented at a number of national and international conferences. Dr Wright has a strong track record in knowledge translation with an innovative mobile platform that has implications for roughly 1.4 million Australians with severe/profound disability currently in development.  She has advanced the profile of Griffith University by attracting almost $500,000 in research, translation, and industry grants in the last two years.


  1. Townsend, C., White, P., Cullen, J., Wright, C. J., & Zeeman, H. (in press).  Making every Australian count: Challenges for the NDIS and the equal inclusion of homeless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with neurocognitive disability.  Australian Health Review (IF 0.730), accepted 12 January 2016.
  2. Wright, C. J., Lenette, C., Lewis-Driver, S., & Larmar, S. (in press).  The revised ‘Common Time’ program as a strategy for student engagement and retention at university.  Student Success (IF 0.59), accepted 25 November 2016.
  3. Wright, C. J., Zeeman, H., & Biezaitis, V. (2016).  Holistic practice in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: Perspectives of health practitioners.Plos One (IF 3.234), 11(6), e0156826. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156826
  4. Wright, C. J., Zeeman, H., & Whitty, J. A. (2016). Design principles in housing for people with complex physical and cognitive disability: towards an integrated framework for practice.  Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (IF 0.810), e-pub before print.  doi:10.1007/s10901-016-9517-2
  5. Zeeman, H., Kendall, E., Whitty, J. A., Wright, C. J., Townsend, C., Smith, D., ... Kennerley, S. (2016). Study protocol: Developing a decision system for inclusive housing: Applying a systematic, mixed-method quasi-experimental design.  BMC Public Health (IF 2.264), 16(1), 261-270. doi:10.1186/s12889-016-2936-x
  6. Zeeman, H., Wright, C. J., & Hellyer, T. (2016).  Developing design guidelines for inclusive housing: A multi-stakeholder approach using a Delphi method.  Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (IF 0.810), 31(4), 761-772. doi:10.1007/s10901-016-9499-0 
  7. Wright, C. J., Muenchberger, H., & Whitty, J. A. (2015).  The choice agenda in the Australian supported housing context: A timely reflection.  Disability & Society (IF 1.190), 30(6), 834-848.  doi:10.1080/09687599.2015.1038336
(hoping 3 more will be accepted in the coming weeks - the revised manuscripts are currently under review)
International conferences: 
  1. Wright, C. J., Zeeman, H., & Whitty, J. (2017).  Using consumer voices to inform housing innovation for people with neurological disability.  The Environmental Design Research Association EDRA48 Conference: Voices of Place (Speaker presentation).  Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 31 May – 3 June, 2017.
  2. Wright, C. J., & Zeeman, H. (2016). Build, Buy, Modify: An innovative online housing resource for people with disability. The 3rd Biennial Australasian Implementation Conference (Invited Speaker: Science Development Workshop). Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, 4 October 2016.
  3. Wright, C. J., Muenchberger, H., & Whitty, J. (2013).  Identifying the housing preferences of younger adults with complex health conditions: An innovative approach using a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) (poster presentation).  Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition 2013, 10-14 July.  Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 
National conferences: 
  1. Townsend, C., White, P., Cullen, J., Wright, C., & Lakhani, A. (2017).  Promoting the equal inclusion of Australia’s marginalised Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Group speaker presentation).  2017 AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference, 21-23 March 2017.  Hotel Realm, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
  2. Wright, C., Muenchberger, H., & Whitty, J. (2015).  Using consumer preferences to guide innovative supportive housing design and development (Speaker presentation).  Second National Complex Needs Conference, 17-18 November 2015.  Canberra Rex Hotel, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.  
  3. Wright, C., Muenchberger, H., & Whitty, J. (2014).  Understanding the housing preferences of younger adults with complex physical and psychological disabilities (Speaker presentation).  Centre for Applied Disability Research: Research to Action Conference, 26-27 May 2014.  Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 
  4. Wright, C., Muenchberger, H., & Whitty, J. (2013).  Understanding the housing preferences of young adults with complex physical and psychological disabilities: Likes, dislikes and must-haves (Speaker presentation).  Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURi) National Housing Conference 2013: A new way home, 30 October – 1 November, 2013.  Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
  5. Wright, C., & Muenchberger, H. (2012).  Holistic practice in brain injury (BI) rehabilitation: Perspectives of health practitioners (Poster presentation:  Shortlisted for ‘Best Poster Presentation Award’).  2012 Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference, 29-30 November 2012.  QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 
Government Inquiry Submissions: 
  1. Wright, C. (2016). “Near enough is not good enough”: An exploratory study into the housing experiences and preferences of younger adults with complex disability in Australia (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).  Inquiry into a suitable model for the implementation of the National Injury Insurance Scheme.  Parliamentary Public Hearing and Briefing; 2 March 2016.
  2. Wright, C. (2015).  Housing preferences of young adults with complex conditions: A systematic synthesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).  A Senate Inquiry into the adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia.  Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 


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