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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

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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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University of Arkansas Graduate Psychology Education Training

My research interests comprise three broad areas: pornography's  effects on relationship satisfaction; Latino mental health and service  utilization; and improved clinical decision-making through improved  assessment methodology.

Pornography's effects on relationship satisfaction
I have been exploring the effects of pornography on romantic  relationships.  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?  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.  Once these barriers  are more fully understood, I intend to  use this knowledge to increase appropriate, culturally-sensitive, and  timely access to services for this population.

Assessment methodology
Assessment is one of the benchmark activities of clinical  psychologists.  However, assessment instruments and methods of data  collection, combination, and interpretation are psychometrically  flawed, often profoundly so.  I have been working on identifying  factors that relate to the evaluation of assessment tools for clinical  use and the interpretation of assessment data, with the goal of  offering a series of decision-making tools for clinical use.

Representative Publications

Bridges, A.J., & Morokoff, P.J. (in press). Sexual media use and relational satisfaction in heterosexual couples. Personal Relationships.

Bridges, A.J., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (in press). Aggression and sexualbehavior in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women.

Bridges, A.J., de Arellano, M.A., Rheingold, A.A., Danielson, C.K., & Silcott, L. (2010). Trauma exposure, mental health, and service utilization rates among immigrant and United States-born Hispanic youth: Results from the Hispanic Family Study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2, 40-48.

Faust, D., Ahern, D.C., & Bridges, A.J. (in press). Neuropsychological (brain damage) assessment. In D. Faust & J. Ziskin (Eds.), Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony.

Bridges, A.J., & Holler, K.A. (2007). How many is enough? Determining optimal sample sizes for normative studies in pediatric neuropsychology. Child Neuropsychology, 13, 528-538