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Mindy S. Bridges, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Portrait of Mindy Bridges
Associate Professor, Hearing and Speech

Professional Background

An associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech, Mindy Sittner Bridges, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 2017. She teaches courses related to reading development and disorders as well as evidence-based practice.

Bridges received her bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology and linguistics from the University of Iowa and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She spent the next seven years working as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings, with a particular emphasis on pediatric language and reading development and disorders.

Bridges completed her doctorate at the University of Kansas in 2009. Prior to joining the faculty at KU Medical Center, Bridges held a research position affiliated with the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.



Bridges has pursued two primary lines of research. One broad area involves the early identification of students at risk for reading disabilities. This research includes longitudinal work examining early predictors of later reading comprehension as well as the development of early identification assessments.

The second area of research includes the development and efficacy testing of reading intervention provided in a classroom setting for preschool and elementary students. Both lines of research come directly from an interest in the relationship between language and reading development as well as previous work as a speech-language pathologist.

To learn more about Bridges' research, please visit the Reading, Language, and Learning Laboratory.