Dr. Bridges earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. She earned her Master of Science in Educational Psychology (2007) and her Doctor of Philosophy (2012) from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Bridges was an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University for the spring and summer semesters of 2013. She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education Research at Oklahoma State University in 2012-13 and from 2008 to 2011 she served as a Graduate Teaching/Research Associate at Oklahoma State University. During this same period she was an Instructor of record and Team Leader providing leadership for other part time instructors in educational psychology. She taught undergraduate and graduate level courses during her time at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Bridges is co-author of four professional publications and one book chapter, and has several articles in press or under peer review. She has made twenty-two peer-reviewed presentations. In addition, Dr. Bridges has been active in writing grants.