Bridget is interested in physiological and biological indicators of stress and emotion regulation in early childhood, influences of classroom quality, and the teacher-child relationship.
Bridget teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the Human Development and Family Sciences program and is affiliated with the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families Early Childhood Core. Her research focuses on relationships and interactions that young children experience with parents and early care and education teachers. Specifically, she is interested in how these impact children’s biology and behavior.
She is currently the Principal Investigator on two research projects. The first is aimed at understanding how parenting education classes in Oregon are associated with changes in mother-child interactions, child behavior and mother’s activity in the HPA axis. The second investigates links between children’s activity in the HPA axis and behavior with relationships with peers and teachers in the classroom, focusing on children with aggressive and shy/withdrawn behaviors. Finally, Bridget collaborates with Head Start programs in Oregon and Washington and early care and education professionals in many Oregon counties (e.g., Deschutes, Benton) to support the translation of research to practice.
Bridget came to Oregon State from the University of Virginia, where she served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. She’s also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a consultant and trainer at Teachstone Inc. She received a master’s degree in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.