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Department of Psychological Science
216 Memorial Hall, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479.575.4256
Fax: 479.575.3219

Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
Copyright © 2012

Department Handbook

Ana Bridges

        Ana Bridges

Clinical Training Program


Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2007
M.S., Illinois State University, 2001
B.S., University of Illinois, 1997

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My research interests comprise three broad areas: pornography's effects on relationships and sexual behavior; Latino mental health and service utilization; and integrated behavioral health care.

Pornography's Effects on Relationships and Sexual Behavior
I have been exploring the effects of pornography on romantic relationships, attitudes, and sexual behavior.  Some of the research questions I have been asking  include: How do women interpret their male partner's pornography use?   How do couples use sexually explicit materials, and how does this use relate to dyadic and sexual satisfaction?  Is pornography linked to violence against women?  If so, how?  How common is compulsive  pornography use?  What therapeutic strategies can psychologists use to  assist couples who present as distressed over such use?

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?

Representative Publications

Villalobos, B.T., & Bridges, A.J. (in press). Testing an attribution model of caregiving in a Latino sample: The roles of familismo and the caregiver-care recipient relationship. Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Anastasia, E., & Bridges, A.J. (in press). Understanding service utilization disparities and depression in Latinos: The role of fatalismo. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Bridges, A.J., Gregus, S.J., Hernandez Rodriguez, J., Andrews III, A.R., Villalobos, B.T., Pastrana, F.A., & Cavell, T.A. (in press). Diagnoses, intervention strategies, and rates of functional improvement in integrated behavioral health care patients. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Sun, C.F., Bridges, A.J., Johnson, J.A., & Ezzell, M.B. (in press). Pornography and the male sexual script: An analysis of consumption and sexual relations. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Gomez, D., Bridges, A.J., Andrews III, A.R., Cavell, T.A., Pastrana, F.A., Gregus, S.J., & Ojeda, C.A. (2014). Delivering parent management training in an integrated primary care setting: Description and preliminary outcome data. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 296-309.

Bridges, A.J., Andrews III, A.R., Pastrana, F.A., Villalobos, B.T., Cavell, T.A , & Gomez, D. (2014). Does integrated behavioral health care reduce mental health disparities for Hispanics?  Initial findings. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 2, 37-53.

Bridges, A.J., & Cooper, T. (2013). Conducting research with Latino participants: Blending community and science. The Behavior Therapist, 36, 108-112.

Bridges, A.J., & Anton, C.M. (2013). Pornography and violence against women. In J.A. Sigel & F.L. Denmark (Eds.), Violence Against Girls and Women: International Perspectives (pp. 183-206). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

Bridges, A.J., Senn, C.Y., & Andrews III, A.R. (2013). Erotica, pornography, and women’s sexuality. In D. Castañeda (Ed.), An Essential Handbook of Women’s Sexuality (pp. 253-272). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

McGahan Pyle, T., & Bridges, A.J. (2012). Perceptions of relationship satisfaction and addictive behavior: Comparing pornography and marijuana use. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 1, 171-179.

Bridges, A.J., *Andrews III, A.R, & *Deen, T. (2012). Mental health needs and utilization of helping services in Hispanic immigrants residing in mid-southern United States. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 23, 359-368.

Bridges, A.J., & Morokoff, P.J. (2011). Sexual media use and relational satisfaction in heterosexual couples. Personal Relationships, 18, 562-585.

Bridges, A.J., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (2010). Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women, 16, 1065-1085.