Psychology Faculty

Carissa BroadbridgeCarissa Broadbridge

Associate Professor


Areas of Specialization

Cognition, Autobiographical Memory, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Aging


Dr. Carissa Broadbridge earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in 2013 at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. While in graduate school, she earned the Steven A. Lewis Memorial Research Award for her master's thesis examining the role of memory in posttraumatic stress disorder. She began her teaching career at Kentucky Wesleyan College in August 2013. In March 2014, she earned the Early Career Research Award from the Southeastern Psychological Association for a paper examining the effects of rumination on event centralization and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Dr. Broadbridge joined the Psychology Department at Saint Xavier University in August 2015.

In the classroom, Dr. Broadbridge aims to (1) assist students in understanding and applying psychological concepts, (2) provide students with opportunities to develop their communication skills, and (3) teach students to think critically about psychological research. She also enjoys mentoring students outside the classroom in a research setting. Dr. Broadbridge's current research is focused on examining deviations from traditional memory retention. Two consistent deviations from retention include childhood amnesia and the reminiscence bump. Dr. Broadbridge is focused on the cultural influences in childhood amnesia and the role of emotion and the self-narrative in the reminiscence bump. Students interested in conducting research with Dr. Broadbridge should email her at to schedule a meeting.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Wright, A. M., Talia, Y. R., Aldhalimi, A., Broadbridge, C. L., Jamil, H., Lumley, M. A., Pole, N., Arnetz, B. B., & Arnetz, J. E. (in press) Kidnapping and mental health in Iraqi refugees: The role of resilience. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (December 2015).

Fitzgerald, J. M., Berntsen, D., & Broadbridge, C. L. (2016). The influences of event centrality in memory models of PTSD. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 10-21.

Arnetz, B. B., Broadbridge, C. L., Jamil, H., Lumley, M. A., Pole, N., Barkho, E., Fakhouri, M., Rofa Talia, Y., & Arnetz, J. E. (2014). Specific trauma subtypes improve the predictive validity of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire in Iraqi refugees. Journal of Immigration and Minority Health, 16(6), 1055-61.

Fitzgerald, J. M. & Broadbridge, C. L. (2013) Latent Constructs of Autobiographical Memory Ratings: A Recollection-Belief Model of Memory Experience. Memory, 21(2), 230-248.

Fitzgerald, J. M. & Broadbridge, C. L. (2012). Theory and research in autobiographical memory: A life-span developmental perspective. In Berntsen, D. & Rubin, D. C. (Ed.) Understanding Autobiographical Memory: Theories and Approaches (1 st ed.; pp. 246-266).

Selected Presentations

Broadbridge, C. L. (November 2016). The effect of mood and elicitation technique on autobiographical memory ratings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Broadbridge, C. L. (March 2014). Differential posttraumatic outcomes following positive versus negative event centralization. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

Broadbridge, C. L. (May, 2013). Expanding the Conceptualization and Measurement of Event Centralization: The Effect of Valence. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Broadbridge, C. L. & Fitzgerald, J. M. (June, 2010). An examination of the role of the A1/A2 criteria and memory in posttraumatic stress disorder. Poster presented at the Theoretical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory Conference, Aarhus, Denmark.

Fitzgerald, J. M., Broadbridge, C. L., Berntsen, D., & Soucie, K. M. (November, 2009). Textual analysis of written accounts of trauma, identification with trauma, and PTSD symptoms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.