Galaxina G. Wright, Ph.D. is a registered mental health counseling intern (RMHCI; FL), and a national certified counselor (NCC). Dr. Wright’s primary research focus is exploring career development barriers among historically marginalized populations (e.g., BIPOC populations, low socioeconomic status communities, individuals living with disabilities, LGTBQ+ populations, etc.). Currently, she serves as the primary investigator for an empirical research study evaluating the impact of Project P.A.T.H. (Paving Access to Hope), where her research team partnered with the FLITE Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is providing a job search curriculum to unemployed youth transitioning from the foster care system. Dr. Wright’s secondary interest surrounds school-based mental health counseling interventions and their impact on children overtime. Dr. Wright’s research interests are inspired by common barriers she’s observed individuals enduring while working as a former social worker and career counselor. Her work has been published in several journals including the Career Development Quarterly, the Professional School Counselor, and the Journal of Child & Adolescent Counseling.
Regarding her clinical experience, Dr. Wright has practiced counseling in a variety of settings including college career counseling centers, non-profit career counseling, private practice, and after-school programs. Currently, with her earned master’s degree in Marriage, Couple & Family Therapy, she primarily works with children and adolescents within communities of color utilizing narrative therapy techniques. Dr. Wright also carries a background providing clinical supervision and conducting research for school-based mental health therapy interventions within elementary schools.
Finally, in terms of service, Dr. Wright has served in many leadership roles within the counseling profession and continually works on developing her leadership skills. She currently serves as the 2023-2024 President of the Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) and 2023-2024 Co-Chair of the Career Interest Network (CIN), a subcommittee of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES). She is also an active member of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) and National Career Development Association (NCDA). Dr. Wright was selected to NCDA’s 2023 Counselor Educator Academy (CEA) cohort, a program targeted to develop lead educators in the career course. She was also selected for the 2023-2024 ACES Leadership Academy cohort, a program designed to develop and equip counselor educators for national leadership positions.