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Dr. Bridget L. McConnell

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Dr. Bridget L. McConnell

Lecturer, Psychology


Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, KU Leuven 2011 – 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Binghamton University 2008 – 2011
  • Master of Science (MS), Binghamton University 2006 – 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Texas Lutheran University, Majors: Psychology, International studies 2002–2006

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Biography

Bridget earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree with highest honors at Texas Lutheran University, USA. Afterwards, she completed her Master's of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Binghamton University in New York, USA. Her primary focus was on using models of learning to study associative and non-associative learning and behavior. The title of her dissertation is "Extinction with Multiple Excitors". Upon completion, Bridget moved to Leuven, Belgium to begin a postdoctoral fellowship on the topic of extinction cues (i.e., a type of memory retrieval cue) and how those cues can be used to reduce recovery from extinction. This work has both theoretical significance and clinical significance for reducing relapse from exposure therapy for individuals with anxiety disorders. Bridget is now a lecturer at James Cook University in Singapore.

Grants obtained

Competitive research fellowship from the Research Foundation of SUNY (2010);
Honorary postdoctoral research fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) (2011);
Competitive 1-year F+ postdoctoral research fellowship from KU Leuven (2011);
Competitive 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship from the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO) (2011)

Teaching experience

Learning & Behavior; General Psychology; Statistics; Evolution & Behavior; Cognition

Research Interests

Associative and non-associative learning; Associative learning models; Comparative psychology; Learning and behavior; Memory; Psychopathology