Dr. Bridget McConnell is a Senior Lecturer of psychology at the Singapore campus of James Cook University. Dr. McConnell specializes in the field of learning and behavior and experimental psychopathology. Her research focuses on associative learning theory and application to human health. Dr. McConnell also has experience in animal behavior. Currently, she is conducting a meta-analysis on the benefits of human-animal interactions for therapeutic purposes. She is also doing research on Retrieval-Induced Forgetting, anxiety and learning, and the use of virtual reality for experimental psychopathology studies.

Dr. McConnell actively supervises students in the Bachelor of Psychology, Masters of Psychology, and Doctor of Clinical Psychology programs. She teaches primarily into the undergraduate learning and behavior class and basic and advanced statistics and research methodology classes.

Dr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude; 2006) from Texas Lutheran University (Texas, USA)  with a double major in Psychology and International Studies, a Masters of Science (2008), and a Doctor of Philosophy from Binghamton University (2011; New York, USA). She completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium).

Prior post-graduate supervision experience not otherwise stated includes:

  • 2016 Lau Check Hwee, Doctor of Psychology (level 9), "Disentangling emotional and cognitive empathy in relation to self-reported autistic and alexithymia traits".
  • 2015 Linda Henderson, Doctor of Psychology (level 9), "Outcomes of a well-being improvement for nurses (WIN) intervention in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A randomised controlled trial".


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  • PY2111: Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance (Level 2; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Experimental Psychopathology
  • Animal Assisted Interventions
  • Memory
  • Learning and Behavior
  • Basic Statistics and Research Methodology
  • Advanced Statistics and Research Methodology
  • 2013 to present - lecturer, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2011 to 2013 - post-doctoral research fellow, KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Psychonomic Society Member Select-Speaker
  • 2011 to 2013 - FWO Post-doctoral Research Fellow

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  • McConnell B (2015) Failure to observe extinction cue effect in humans. Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology. In: CBP 2015: 4th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology, 9-10 February 2015, Singapore
  • McConnell B and Miller R (2010) Pavlovian Conditioning. In: The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA, pp. 1171-1173

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  • Does the Schema Model explain developmental origins and maintaining factors of depression? (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Etiology of Phobias: Acquisition Across Multiple Contexts Using Virtual Reality Technology (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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