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 (MU). She began her graduate studies at MU 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 Dr. Van Hecke, co-leading the PEERS’ parent group. She hopes to conduct her Master’s Thesis on in vivo social interactions of teens with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) pre and post receiving the PEERS intervention. Bridget also works as a research assistant for Dr. John Grych.
Outside of Cramer Hall, Bridget enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying all Milwaukee has to offer.