Amy Conley Wright

Associate Professor and Director, Institute of Open Adoption Studies, University of Sydney

Amy Conley Wright is Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies at the University of Sydney. The Institute’s strategic vision is to pursue an applied research agenda that will focus primarily on understanding open adoption practice and building the evidence about children and their best interests. A key focus for the Institute research agenda is the active exchange of research findings into policy and practice. Amy previously held academic positions in social work at University of Wollongong, where she is Honorary Senior Fellow at Early Start Research Institute, and in child and adolescent development at San Francisco State University. Her teaching, research, and practice experiences are in the areas of child advocacy, child and family policy, family support, and child maltreatment prevention, within Australia and internationally. She has served as a board member and has provided consulting on child and family services for a number of government and non-government organisations.


  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor and Director, Institute of Open Adoption Studies , University of Sydney
  • 2014–2017
    Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Member, Early Start Research Institute, University of Wollongong


  • 2008 
    UC Berkeley, PhD in Social Welfare