EdD, University of Cincinnati; MA, Xavier University; BA, University of Cincinnati
Mental health issues related to chronic pain, gender, class, and substance abuse; women’s issues; treatment of mental health disorders ecologically; pedagogy; online education, gender and relationship building; professional orientation and counselor identity
Dr. Bridges, a national certified counselor and licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, has experience counseling adults and youth. She has worked with underprivileged community members at the organization Integration of Knowledge and Resources for Occupational Needs (IKRON) in Cincinnati. Her work involved both individual and group counseling related to substance abuse and women’s issues. Dr. Bridges also provided educational and academic assistance to transitional youth and developed a psycho-educational group program designed specifically for urban youth at IKRON. Further, she has counseling experience in private practice, specializing in the adult chronic pain population and injured workers. Dr. Bridges has served as the vice president of the Chi Sigma Iota Upsilon Chi Chi Chapter and as a board member for the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association. She has taught quantitative and qualitative research methods to graduate students in the psychology department at Mansfield University and in the substance abuse counseling program at the University of Cincinnati, where she was nominated for the George Barbour Award for Good Faculty–Student Relations. Dr. Bridges is an advocate for community engagement and social change and served as a committee member for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Colorectal Family Advisory Council. Currently, Dr. Bridges serves as a Board Member for the Hirschsprung Disease Research Collaborative. Dr. Bridges became a contributing faculty member in Walden’s School of Counseling in 2014.