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Ana Julia Bridges

Ana Julia Bridges

Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(PSYC)-Psychological Science

Phone: 479-575-5818

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Broadly speaking, my research focuses on scientifically-informed clinical practice that aims to reduce health disparities. Although I have done work in the area of romantic relationships and sexually explicit media use, my research over time has focused increasingly on examining the interplay between culture, mental health, and service utilization. As a whole, my goal is to understand and ameliorate factors that interfere with vulnerable and underserved diverse groups initiating help seeking, remaining in treatment, and obtaining benefits from therapy. I have worked to establish ties with local agencies in Northwest Arkansas who serve some of the most vulnerable groups in society, including people living in poverty, recent immigrants, victims of domestic violence, and prisoners. These ties have been mutually beneficial; they simultaneously enhance my research program and create opportunities for clinical training, outreach, and service. Below I detail the two primary arms of my research program.

Latino mental health and service utilization
Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. However, they underutilize medical and psychological health services,  despite similar rates of psychiatric problems and stressors.  I have  been interested in understanding factors that interfere with initial  service utilization, remaining in treatment, and obtaining positive  outcomes.  Research questions I ask in this domain include: What barriers do Latinos face when seeking help for mental health concerns?  What roles due cultural values and acculturation play in help-seeking attitudes and behaviors?  Are barriers primarily intrinsic (e.g., stigma, negative attitudes towards help-seeking, mental health illiteracy) or structural (e.g., lack of Spanish speaking providers, lack of health insurance, difficulties with transportation)?

Integrated Behavioral Health Care
My interest in reaching out to the Latino community to increase access to care led to a third research area: integrated behavioral health care.  Because many people, especially Latinos, tend to seek help for mental health and other behavioral problems from primary care medical providers, including mental health personnel in the primary health care team makes a great deal of sense.  I have partnered with a local federally qualified health center, Community Clinic, to conduct research and supervise graduate students providing interventions to primary care patients with behavioral health needs.  Research questions we have been asking include: Are integrated behavioral health services efficacious?  What sorts of evidence-based treatments are most suitable for primary care?  Does integrated care help address and reduce health disparities?

Undergraduate:

PSYC 3023: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3923H: Interprofessional Collaborations for Healthcare

PSYC 4053: Psychological Testing

Graduate:

PSYC 5043: Assessment of Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities

PSYC 607V: Assessment Practicum

PSYC 6343: Multivariate Statistics

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

M.S., Illinois State University

B.S., University of Illinois

Sample publications over the past few years. * Denotes graduate student co-author. ** Denotes undergraduate student co-author.

Karlsson, M., Zielinski, M. J., & Bridges, A. J. (in press). Replicating outcomes of SHARE: A brief exposure-based group treatment for incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Bridges, A. J., Ledesma, R. J., Dueweke, A. R., Hernandez Rodriguez, J., Anastasia, E. A., & Rojas, S. M. (in press). A retrospective examination of symptom improvements in primary care patients receiving behavior therapy with and without concurrent pharmacotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

Johnson, J.A., Ezzell, M.B., Bridges, A.J., & Sun, C.F. (in press). To watch or not to watch: Exploring the complex relationship between women and pornography. Journal of Women’s Health.

*Baker, D., Edmonds, K. A., *Calvert, M., **Sanders, S. M., Bridges, A. J., Rhea, M. A., & Kosloff, S. (in press). Predicting attrition in long-term residential substance use disorder treatment: A modifiable risk factors perspective. Psychological Services.

Ham, L. S., Wiersma-Mosley, J. D., Wolkowicz, N., Jozkowski, K. N., Bridges, A. J., & Melkonian, A. (in press). The effect of alcohol intoxication on bystander intervention in a vignette depiction of sexual assault. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Bridges, A. J., **Pacl, H. T., *Gomez, D., & *Dueweke, A. R. (in press). Beliefs about causes of mental illness predict provider referrals to behavioral health. Journal of Behavioral Health.

Bridges, A. J., *Dueweke, A. R., *Anastasia, E. A., & *Hernandez Rodriguez, J. (in press). The positive predictive value of the PHQ-2 as a screener for depression in Spanish-speaking Latino, English-speaking Latino, and non-Latino primary care patients. Journal of Latina/o Psychology.

*Dueweke, A. R., & Bridges, A. J. (2018). Suicide interventions in primary care: A selective review of the evidence. Families, Systems, & Health, 36, 289-302.

*Dueweke, A. R., **Marin, M. S., *Sparkman, D. J., & Bridges, A. J. (2018). Inadequacy of the PHQ-2 depression screener for identifying suicidal primary care patients. Families, Systems, & Health, 36, 281-288.

Dopp, A. R., *Dueweke, A. R., *Smith, A. B., & Bridges, A. J. (2018). Economic impact of integrated behavioral health in pediatric care settings: Implications for provider agencies and training programs. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6, 129-139.

*Bilsky, S., *Dueweke, A. R., & Bridges, A. J. (in press). Health care utilization among Hispanic and non-Hispanic anxious youth. Journal of Health Psychology.

Wright, P. J., Bridges, A. J., Sun, C., Ezzell, M. B., & Johnson, J. A. (2018). Personal pornography viewing and sexual satisfaction: A quadratic analysis. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44, 308-315.

Bridges, A.J., Karlsson, M., **Jackson, J. C., *Andrews III, A. R., & *Villalobos, B. T. (2018). Barriers to and methods of help seeking for domestic violence victimization: A comparison of Hispanic and non-Hispanic women residing in the U.S. Violence Against Women, 24, 1810-1829.

*Villalobos, B. T., & Bridges, A. J. (2018). Prevalence of substance use disorders among Latinos in the United States: An empirical review update. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6, 204-219.