Bridget Dolan grew-up in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with a B.A. in Psychology and Corporate Communication from Marquette University. She began her graduate studies at Marquette in the fall of 2011 and is currently in Marquette's Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Bridget’s experience with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) began with working as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Amy Van Hecke for the Marquette Autism Project (MAP). Bridget participated in a research project investigating social communication in typically developing 18-36 month old children. She also served as a coach for the teen group for the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS).
As a doctoral student, Bridget continues to work under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Van Hecke. Bridget completed her Master’s thesis, titled “Assessment of Intervention Effects on In Vivo Peer Interactions in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in October 2013. Her Doctoral Qualifying Exam, titled “Neural Plasticity: A Model for Understanding Maintenance of Treatment Effects” was submitted August 2014. Bridget’s dissertation will examine the durability of the PEERS intervention in terms of adolescents’ maintenance of treatment effects, as assessed via electroencephalogram (EEG), following their participation in PEERS.
Bridget provides comprehensive autism evaluations in the Marquette Autism Clinic, as well as assessment and therapy services at Marquette’s Center for Psychological Services. She also served two years as a clinician in Marquette’s ADHD clinic, conducting ADHD assessments and providing behavioral parent training. In addition, Bridget has led both the adolescent and parent groups for the PEERS program. Bridget also is a clinical extern at Froedtert Hospital in the pediatric neuropsychology clinic and at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Gastroenterology clinic, working as a part of a multidisciplinary medical team.
During the 2014-2015 academic year Bridget will be teaching Psychological Measurement and Statistics as an adjunct lecturer. Outside of Cramer Hall, Bridget enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying all Milwaukee has to offer.