Faculty and Staff Profiles

SARA K. BRIDGES, Ph.D.
Assoc Professor, Counsel Educations Psych Research
Email: sbridges@memphis.edu
Office Location: 304C Ball Hall
Office Hours: Monday, 11:00-1:00, and by appointment
Profile

Sara Klapper Bridges, Ph.D., The University of Memphis (1999). Interests include Coherence Therapy, Constructivist Psychology theory and practice, Humanistic Psychology, Human Sexuality and Sexual Satisfaction, and Couples and Family Therapy.  

Additional Information

See my personal website here.      

Education
  • B.A. Psychology - Indiana University - 1990
  • M.S. Marital and Family Therapy - Butler University - 1995
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology - The University of Memphis - 1999
  • Licensed Psychologist (New York Lic. - No. 017294) - 2007

Work Experience

  • Assistant Director Of Counseling Services, Counseling and Student Development Center - Rhodes College - 8/97 - 7/98
  • Predoctoral Psychology Intern, University Counseling Center - Colorado State University - 8/98 - 8/99
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology - Humboldt State University - 8/99 - 7/01
  • Director, Davis House Psychology Clinic - Humboldt State University - 5/00 - 7/01
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research - The University of Memphis - 9/01 - 8/06
  • Associate Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research - The University of Memphis - 8/06 to Present
  • Co-Director,   - Coherence Psychology Institute - 2007 - Present
Honors/Awards
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring - College of Education, The University of Memphis - 2007
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Service - College of Education, The University of Memphis - 2006
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching - College of Education, The University of Memphis - 2005
Service
  • Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 32) - Treasurer - 8/04 - 4/9
  • Constructivist Psychology Network - President - 7/06 - 7/10
  • Society for Humanistic Psychology - Division 32 of the American Psychological Association - President - 2009 - 2010
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Raskin, J. R., & Bridges, S. K. (Eds.). (2002). Studies in meaning: Exploring constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University.
  • Raskin, J. D., & Bridges, S. K. (Eds.). (2004). Studies in meaning 2: Bridging the personal and social in constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University.
  • Raskin, J. D.  & Bridges, S. K. (Eds). (2008).  Studies in meaning 3: Constructivist Psychotherapy in the “Real World”. New York: Pace University.

  • Raskin, J. D., Bridges, S. K., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2010).  Studies in meaning 4: Constructivist perspectives on theory, practice, and social justice.  
Journal Articles
  • Phillipsen, L. C., Bridges, S. K. (1997). Variations in the quality of children's artwork by peer group acceptance and gender. Child Study Journal, 27(3), 221-236.
  • Phillipsen, L. C., Bridges, S. K., McLemore, T. G., & Saponaro, L. A. (1999). Perceptions of social behavior and peer acceptance in kindergarten. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 14(1), 68-77.
  • Zumaya, M., Bridges, S. K., & Rubio, E. (1999). Constructivist couple sex therapy. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 12(4), 185-201
  • Zumaya, M., Rubio, E., Valasco, C. T., & Bridges, S. K. (1999). Psicoterapia sexual holonica de pareja: Una propuesta de integracion constructivista. Revista de Psicoterapia, 10(38/39), 87-112.
  • Neimeyer, R. A. & Bridges, S. K. (2000). Personal construct psychology. In W. E. Craighead & C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.) The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 4 Volume Set (3rd ed., pp.1171-2). New York: Wiley.
  • Bridges, S. K. (2002). Now what? The personal and professional in constructivist thought. In J. R. Raskin and Bridges, S. K. (Eds.). Studies in meaning: Exploring constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University.
  • Bridges, S. K., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2003). Exploring and negotiating sexual meanings. In J. S. Whitman, & C. J. Boyd (Eds.). The Therapist's Notebook for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy. New York: Hawthorn Press.
  • Bridges, S. K., Selvidge, M. M. D., & Matthews, C. H. (2003). Lesbian women of color: Therapeutic issues and challenges. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 31, 113-130.
  • Neimeyer, R. A., & Bridges, S. K. (2003). Postmodern approaches to psychotherapy. In A. S. Gurman, & S. B. Messer (Eds.) Essential Psychotherapies: Contemporary Theory and Practice, Second Edition.
  • Bridges, S. K. (2004). Personal and social responses to tragedy: A case for "both/and" constructivism. In J. D. Raskin and Bridges, S. K. (Eds.). (2004). Studies in meaning 2: Bridging the personal and social in constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University.
  • Bridges, S. K., Lease, S. H., & Ellison, C. R. (2004). Predicting sexual satisfaction in women: Implications for counselor education and training. Journal of Counseling and Development, 82, 158-166.
  • Neimeyer, R. A., & Bridges, S. K. (2004). Personal construct theory. In W. E. Craighead & C. B. Nemeroff (Eds.) Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Third Edition. New York: Wiley
  • Bridges, S. K. (2005).  A constructivist approach to infertility: Loss and meaning reconstruction.  Contemporary Sexuality, 39, 10-13.

  • Uruk, A. C., Bridges, S. K., & Cogdal, P. (2005).  Changes in family composition: Coping, coherence and symptomatology in a college population.  Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 20, 53-65 
  • Calvert, E. Z., & Bridges, S. K. (2006).  Mandated premarital counseling and early marital adjustment:  Implications for counseling.  Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5, 23-41.

  • Bridges, S. K. (2006) Music and mirrors: Dance as a construction of self.  Creative Construing - Personal Constructs in the Arts.  J. Scheer & K. Sewell (Eds.). Giessen: Psychosozial-Verlag.

  • Bridges, S. K., & Horne, S. G. (2007).  Sexual satisfaction and desire discrepancy in women’s same sex relationships.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 33, 41-53.

  • Levitt, H., & Bridges, S. K. (2007).  Gender expression in bisexual individuals: Therapeutic issues and considerations, in B. Firestein (Ed.). Becoming Visible: Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Bridges, S. K.  & Raskin, J. D. (2008).  Constructivist psychotherapy in the real world. In J. D. Raskin and Bridges, S. K. (Eds.).  (2008). Studies in meaning 3 : Constructivist Psychotherapy in the “Real World”.  New York: Pace University.
  • Neimeyer, R. A. & Bridges, S.K. (2008).  Personal construct theory.  In I. Weiner and E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini’s encyclopedia of psychology (4th edition).  Hoboken, NJ:  Wiley.  
  • Selvidge, M. M. D., Matthews, C. R., & Bridges, S. K. (2008).  The relationship of minority stress and flexible coping to psychosocial well-being in lesbian and bisexual women.  The Journal of Homosexuality, 55,  450-470.

  • Bridges, S. K., & Goddard, M. S. (2009).  Normative Issues.  Encyclopedia of Counseling Psychology.  Sage Publications  
  • Wertz, F. J. & Bridges, S. K.(2009).  Humanistic Psychology.  Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.  Blackwell Publishers. 
  • Bridges, S. K. & Wertz, F. J. (2009).  Abraham Maslow.  Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.  Blackwell Publishers. 
  • Daniel, S., & Bridges, S. K. (2010). The drive for muscularity in men: Media influences and objectification theory. Body Image, 7, 32-38  
  • Bridges, S. K  (2010).  Constructivist mentoring as social justice. In J. D. Raskin , S. K. Bridges, & R. A. Neimeyer  (Eds.). Studies in meaning 4 : Constructivist Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Social Justice. New York: Pace University. 
  • Mueller, C. E., Bridges, S. K., & Goddard, M. S. (2011). Sleep and Parent-Family Connectedness: Links, Relationships and Implications for Adolescent Depression. Journal of Family Studies, 17 (1), 2-16. 
Presentations
  •                                                SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

     
  • *Bridges, S. K., & Frances-Fischer, J. E. (2006, March).  Infertility and grief: A feminist/constructivist approach.  Paper to be presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • *Bridges, S. K., Rofkahr, C., Campbell, M., & Deaton, A. (2006, March). In search of balance: Managing feminist identity within a multiple identity world.  Paper to be presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, Ypsilanti, MI. 
  • *Ovrebo, E., Bridges, S. K., & Hiestand, K. R. (2006, March).  African American and Caucasian women’s hooking up experiences: The impact of religion and race on hooking up, pluralistic ignorance, condom use and affective outcomes.  Paper to be presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • *Frances-Fischer, J. E., & Bridges, S. K. (2006, March).  A multicultural feminist perspective on gestational and nongestational mothers after infertility: Therapeutic considerations.  Paper to be presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, Ypsilanti, MI. 
  • *Bridges, S. K., Laurie, A., & Calvert, E. Z. (2006, March).  A feminist/constructivist approach to mentoring in academia.  Paper to be presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, Ypsilanti, MI. 
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2006, July).  A Constructivist Approach to Infertility: Grief, Sexuality and Meaning Reconstruction.  Paper to be presented at the 12th Biennial Constructivist Psychology Network Conference, San Marcos, CA. 
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2006, July).  A Constructivist, Feminist, Phenomenologist?  Is it Possible? Paper to be presented as part of a symposium titled How Far May One Go/Not Go and Still Be a Constructivist? at the 12th annual Constructivist Psychology Network Conference, San Marcos, CA.

  • *Thompson, D. A., Bridges, S. K., & Calvert, E. Z. (2006, August).  Working with Social Inequality: Counselor Comfort, Knowledge and Willingness.  Paper to be presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • *Calvert, E. Z., Bridges, S. K., & Thompson, D. A. (2006, August).  Counselor Comfort and Empathy in Client Situations Involving Sexuality: Implications for Training Paper to be presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • *Bridges, S. K., & Levitt, H. (2007, March).  Gender Expression in Bisexual Women: Therapeutic Issues and Considerations.  Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, San Francisco, CA.  
  • *Bridges, S. K., & Haskins, S. C. (2007, March).  Sexuality and Spirituality: In Search of a Balance.  Paper presented at the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, San Francisco, CA. 
  • *Bridges, S. K., (Chair), Raskin, J. R., Watts, R. E., & Holmes, T.  (2007, August).  Evolution, Epistemology and Constructivist Psychology.  Chair and discussant for the symposium presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA..  
  • *Thompson, D. A., & Bridges, S. K. (2007, August).  Social Justice in the Therapy Session.  Paper presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA.  
  • *Bridges, S.K. (Chair), Raskin, J. R., Watts, R. E., & Zamarripa, M. X. (2008, June).  Evolution, Culture, and Religion in Constructivist Psychology.  Chair and discussant for they symposium presented at the Constructivist Psychology Network Biennial Conference, Victoria, BC.  
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2008, August). Constructivist Mentoring as Social Justice.  Paper presented as part of a symposium titled Constructivism, Feminism, and Social Justice in Humanistic Psychology (Brent D. Robbins, chair), at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA.  
  • *Bridges, S. K., & Ecker, B. (2008, August). The Cessation of Chronic Symptoms: Humanizing Therapeutic Change.  Paper presented as part of a symposium titled Construing Symptoms Humanistically: Coherence Therapy as a Humanizing Change Agent (R. A. Chair), at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA.  
  • *Danial, S. M., & Bridges, S. K. (2008, August).  Does Self-Objectification Mediate Media Influences on Male Drive for Muscularity? Paper presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA. 
  • *Danial, S. M., Davis, A. G. & Bridges, S. K. (2008, August).  The Relationship Between Body Image and Sexual Satisfaction in Men. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA. 
  • *Davis, A. G. & Bridges, S. K. (2008, August).  Life and Sexual Satisfaction in Men: The Impact of Body Image and Sociocultural Attitudes Toward Appearance. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA.  
  • *Ecker, B., & Bridges, S. K. (2008, August).  Profound Change in Psychotherapy: Clinical and Neuropsychological Processes.  CE Workshop presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Boston, MA.  
  • *Daniel, S., & Bridges, S. K. (2009, August).  Defined by my body: Muscularity and self-0bjectification in men. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.  
  • *Reeves, T., Daniel, S. A., Baggett, L. R., & Bridges, S. K.  (2009, August).  Ambivalent sexism:  Gender roles, self-esteem, and drive for muscularity in men. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.  
  • *Baggett, L. R., Bridges, S. K., Daniel, S. A., & Reeves, T. (2009, August).  Sexualizing the body: Men, muscularity, and interpersonal sexual objectification.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada. 
  • *Mueller, C. E., Bridges, S. K., & Goddard, M. S. (2009, August).  Who needs sleep?  Adolescent Depression, Family Factors, and Sleep.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada. 
  • *Bridges, S. K., Shult, E., & Nash, T.  (2009, August).  Everyday gratitude: Restoring humanity and civility in a global society.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.  
  • *Bridges, S. K., Baggett, L. R., & Stone, K.  (2009, August).  Women's subjective sexual satisfaction:  Current and adolescent peer influence.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.  
  • *Ecker, B., & Bridges, S. K. (2009, August).  Unlocking the Emotional Brain.  CE Workshop presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.   
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2010, July). Constructivist Mentoring as Social Justice.  Paper presented as part of a symposium titled Constructivism Perspectives on Social Justice (Jay S. Efran, chair, at the Constructivist Psychology Network Biennial Conference, Niagara Falls, NY.  
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2010, July). Heroes of Humanity. Constructivist Psychology Network Presidential Address presented at the Constructivist Psychology Network Biennial Conference, Niagara Falls, NY.
  • *Bridges, S. K. (2010, August). Gratitude: The Heroes of Humanity. Division 32 Presidential Address presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • *Aycock, R. A., Allen, B., Baggett, L. R., Bridges, S. K., & Daniel, S. A. (2010, August). Women with sexual pain: Body image, self-esteem, and sexual satisfaction. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA. 
  • *Baggett, L. R. & Bridges, S. K. (2010, August). Body image and sexuality among sexually active college women: An investigation. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • *Baggett, L. R. & Bridges, S. K. (2010, August). Gender and the consequences of sexual objectification by others. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention,San Diego, CA.
  • *Brooksby, J., Laskowski, V., Nash, T., Baggett, L. R., Bridges, S. K., & Daniel, S. A. (2010, August). Sexual and relationship satisfaction as predicted by perceived interpersonal competence. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • *Goddard, M. S., Bridges, S. K., & Mueller, C. E., (2010, August). Sleep technostress, and maladaptive use of technology predictors of depression among college students. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA. 
  • *Nash, T. M., Stolz, E. P., & Bridges, S. K. (2010, August). Buffering Neuroticism: The impacts of empathy, perspective taking and gratitude. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.