Regina Sims Wright

Associate Professorsims-wright
School of Nursing
331 McDowell

Biopsychosocial Health and Cognition Lab 



Research Interests

  • Influence of cardiovascular risk factors on cognitive function in older adults
  • African American cognitive aging
  • Psychosocial predictors of inflammation, immunity, cardiovascular function, and renal function in African Americans


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University (Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development)
  • Ph.D., Howard University (Neuropsychology)
  • M.S., Villanova University (Experimental Psychology)
  • B.A., University of Delaware (Psychology)

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Nomination, 2014 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award, University of Delaware
  • 2014 Nomination, 2014 College of Health Sciences Research Excellence Award, University of Delaware
  • 2014 National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK)/Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) 12th Annual Workshop Travel Award
  • 2013 National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK)/Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) 11th Annual Workshop Travel Award
  • 2012 National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development Faculty Success Boot Camp-Competitive award from the UD President’s Diversity Initiative ($3,250)
  • 2011 American Psychosomatic Society Citation Poster Award
  • 2010 International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) Merit Poster selection
  • 2009 – 2011 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program: Health Disparities Research-NIH-funded school loan repayment benefit for junior scholars engaged in 50% or more research ($40,000)
  • 2009 Acceptance, National Institute on Aging Summer Institute on Aging, Queenstown, MD
  • 2009 Acceptance, Summer Training Workshop on African American Aging, Wayne State University
  • 2009 American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Minority Initiative Travel Scholarship
  • 2008 Acceptance, RAND Summer Institute: Mini Medical School for Social Scientists and Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging Conference, Santa Monica, CA


  • University of Delaware
    • NURS 814: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Nursing Science
    • NURS 835: Nurse Scientist Special Topics Seminar III
    • NURS 362: Research Concepts in Healthcare
    • HLTH 367: College of Health Sciences Honors Seminar
    • NURS 366: Independent Study/Health Disparities Seminar
  • Howard University
    • PSYC 063: Research Methods & Statistics I (undergraduate)
    • PSYC 051: Experimental Psychology (undergraduate)
    • PSYC 241: Seminar in Personality: Trends in Personality and Aging (graduate)
    • PSYC 241: Seminar in Personality: Research Methods in Personality and Aging (graduate)


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