Kelly Bridges, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Master's Program in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. Integrating both clinical and research experience in her pedagogy, Dr. Bridges teaches undergraduate students on campus and has developed four courses for and actively teaches master's students in the online modality of the MS program (Speech@NYU).
Specific areas of clinical and teaching interest include neuroanatomy and physiology, adult neurogenic communication disorders, anatomy and physiology of speech and swallowing, and dysphagia. Her research focuses on pragmatic communication in adults with psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. As a member of the Brain and Behavior Laboratory, her doctoral work investigated familiar phrases in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, with her dissertation examining formulaic language and prosody in people with treatment-resistant depression who underwent deep brain stimulation of the subcallosal cingulate.
As an ASHA-certified and licensed clinician in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Bridges remains clinically active through per diem work in skilled nursing facilities (subacute/short-term rehabilitation and long-term care), evaluating and treating adult and geriatric residents with communicative and swallowing impairments.
- Bridges, K. A. (2019). Aphasia and dysphagia in a skilled nursing facility resident. In R. Branski and S. Molfenter (Eds.) Speech-language pathology casebook. New York: Thieme.
- Van Lancker Sidtis, D., Cameron, K., Bridges, K. A.,Sidtis, J. J. (2015). The formulaic schema in the minds of two generations of native speakers. Ampersand, 2, 39-48.doi:10.1016/j.amper.2015.02.001
- Bridges, K. & Hoff, E. (2014). Older sibling influences on the language environment and language development of toddlers in bilingual homes. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 225-241. doi:10.1017/S0142716412000379
- Bridges, K., Van Lancker Sidtis, D., & Sidtis, J. J. (2013). The role of subcortical structures in recited speech: Studies in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26, 591-601. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2013.04.001
- Bridges, K.& Van Lancker Sidtis, D. (2013). Formulaic language in Alzheimer’s disease. Aphasiology, 27, 799-810. doi:10.1080/02687038.2012.757760
- Hoff, E., Laursen, B., & Bridges, K.(2012). Measurement and model building in studying the influence of socioeconomic status on child development. In L. C. Mayes & M. Lewis (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of environment in human development(pp. 590-606). New York: Cambridge University Press.