Davene R. Wright, PhD

Davene R. Wright, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I am passionate about studying how we can supply cost-effective care to families of children with obesity, and researching how we can encourage families to adopt healthy behaviors to reduce obesity and support healthy living. I am thankful to work at Seattle Childrens, where I can apply innovative quantitative methods in an interdisciplinary research environment to tackle challenging problems that plague childrens health."

  • Dr. Wright is an Acting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and an Investigator within the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is also an affiliate of the Program in Health Economics and Outcomes Methodology at the University of Washington.

    Dr. Wright received her PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and is trained in health economics and decision science research methodologies. Her primary research focuses on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of childhood obesity interventions. She is generally interested in evaluating the cost and efficiency of service use in pediatric medical care settings.


Research Description

Davene is a decision scientist, interested in how stakeholders (be they patients, providers, or healthcare payers) make decisions about the use and allocation of healthcare resources and how they can make better decisions in the presence of uncertainty, complexity, and competing values. This field draws upon health economics, psychology, and epidemiology, among other disciplines. Her research focuses on the supply and demand of effective and efficient healthcare for children with obesity.