Matara Wright, PsyD is an Assistant Professor in the McGovern Medical School Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  As a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in the department, her primary duties include conducting competency to stand trial evaluations, and providing evidence-based treatment at Dunn Behavioral Health Center and Harris County Psychiatric Center.

Dr. Wright has experience in providing therapy, assessment, and forensic services to adolescent and adult patients in community mental health, inpatient hospitals, juvenile detention, county jail, and transitional settings. She has also conducted forensic evaluations for county and state criminal, juvenile justice, and family courts. Her clinical and research interests include forensic psychology, trauma, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and mental health disparities.

Dr. Wright is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as Division 41 (American Psychology and Law).


Masters Degree
M.S. Juvenile Forensic Psychology, Prairie View A&M University
Master Degree
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Adler University
Doctoral Degree
Clinical Psychology, Adler University

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Forensic Psychology/Psychiatry
  • Adolescent Psychology/Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychology/Psychiatry

Research Interests

  • Disparities in mental health
  • Barriers to treatment and effective treatment strategies for competency restoration
  • Effects of the death penalty