Mary J. Wright was a pioneering female academic and an inspiration to us all. She was appointed chair of Western’s Department of Psychology in 1960 and became the first woman to chair a major academic department at Western, and a major psychology department in Canada.
A lifelong advocate for the well-being of children, the late Dr. Wright founded the Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School at Western in 1973. Her original vision for the school involved conducting psychological and educational research and teaching demonstration projects intended to help children from a diversity of socio-economic backgrounds succeed at school, and elsewhere in their lives.
When the Lab School closed in 2015, Western’s Faculty of Education carried on Dr. Wright’s vision through the development of the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount. Within the context of current research and education, the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre s proud to be carrying on her vision of nurturing children and helping them to thrive and flourish.