Dr. Bridget McConnell is a Senior Lecturer of psychology at the Singapore campus of James Cook University. Bridget specializes in the field of learning and behavior and experimental psychopathology. Her research focuses on associative learning theory and application to human health. Bridget 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. Bridget conducts and supervies research that incorporates statistical mediation, moderation, and structural equation modeling. She is passionate about doing research that is innovative and has real world applications.

Bridget 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).

Bridget actively supervises students in the Bachelor of Psychology, Masters of Psychology, and Doctor of Clinical Psychology programs. To date, she has supervised to completion over 30 undergraduate theses, 5 Masters of Clinical Psychology theses, and 2 Doctor of Psychology (AQF level 9) theses. She is the primary supervisor for 2 Doctor of Psychology (AQF level 10) students. She teaches primarily into the undergraduate learning and behavior class and basic and advanced statistics and research methodology classes.

Bridget is seeking doctoral students interested in the following projects:

  • Reducing generalization of fear of pain-related movements
  • Meta-analysis of the effectiveness of extinction cues

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  • PY2111: Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance (Level 2; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • PY3101: Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation (Level 3; SIN)
  • 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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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Treatment Effectiveness of an Outpatient Dialectical Behavior Skills Group (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Acquisition and Extinction across Multiple Virtual Reality Contexts: Implications for Specific Phobias and Current Treatment Methods (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Exploring mechanisms of the acquisition in multiple contexts effect (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Does the Young Schema Model explain the developmental origins and mechanisms of depressive symptoms? (2019, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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