Jess Wright, M.D. is the Kolb Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Depression Center at the University of Louisville. He is the principal author of eight books and the first multimedia computer program for treatment of depression.
Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness, his five-star rated self-help book, has been called a “must-have for finding a way through the pain of depression.” And Good Days Ahead, his scientifically tested online program for depression and anxiety, has helped many thousands in their path to recovery.
A leading expert in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), Jess Wright is the first author of a trilogy of “hybrid” books from American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. which integrate text and video to help readers learn the key methods of this effective treatment. Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide is a standard text for training programs throughout the world and is now available in a Second Edition. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness, which presents advanced strategies for treating challenging conditions, was chosen as the “Mental Health Book of the Year” by the British Medical Association. High Yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief Sessions is designed to help clinicians blend the effective methods of CBT with pharmacotherapy in sessions that are shorter than the classic “fifty minute hour.”
His research is focused on developing and testing computer-assisted psychotherapy methods for improving the efficiency of treatment and enhancing the psychotherapeutic experience. Jess Wright’s investigations have been funded by multiple grants from the National Institute of Health, and he is currently serving as the Principal Investigator of an NIH sponsored study of computer-assisted CBT for depression in primary care.
He was the Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has received the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Louisville among other awards. An internationally recognized speaker, he has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, and the United states.
Jess Wright’s newest work is a novel that searches the depths of trauma, healing, and forgiveness. Set in 1944 to 1946, the book traces the postwar struggles of a battlefield surgeon who saw savage front-line action in France and Germany.