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Ana Bridges, Ph.D.

Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Ana Bridge's research focuses on scientifically-informed clinical practice that aims to reduce health disparities. Although she has done work in the area of romantic relationships and sexually explicit media use, her research over time has focused increasingly on examining the interplay between culture, mental health, and service utilization. Her 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. She has 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. 

She has published with colleagues and students in numerous scientific journals, including Journal of Consulting and Clinical PsychologyFamilies, Systems, and HealthJournal of Immigrant and Minority HealthPsychological Services, and Journal of Latina/o Psychology. Her work has also been funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Verizon Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bridges' recent publications include: