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Carissa Broadbridge

Title:Assoc Prof / Prog Dir
Office:Warde Academic Center
Department: Psychology


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, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.

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.


Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology
Wayne State University

Areas of Specialization

Cognition, Autobiographical Memory, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Aging

Courses Taught

  • PSYCH 102: Psych Science and Careers Seminar
  • PSYCH 199: Lifespan Development
  • PSYCH 224: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • PSYCH 301: Research Methods
  • PSYCH 312: Perception
  • PSYCH 313: Learning and Memory
  • PSYCH 315: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 391: Directed Research
  • PSYCH 399: Independent Study

Selected Publications (*SXU student or alumnus)

*Audiffred, J. & Broadbridge C. L. (2020). An examination of the influence of serial position on false recall and recognition. Accepted for publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research (February, 2020).

Broadbridge, C. L. (2018). Is centralization of potentially traumatic events always negative?: An expansion of the centrality of events scale. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32(3), 315-325.

LeMaster, J. W., Broadbridge, C. L., Arnetz, J. E., Arfken, C., Fetters, M. D., Jamil, H., Lumley, M. A., Pole, N., & Arnetz, B. B. (2018). Acculturation and post-migration psychological symptoms among Iraqi refugees: A path analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(1), 38-47.

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 (1st ed.; pp. 246-266).

Selected Presentations

Broadbridge, C. L. (April, 2018). Later autobiographical memory onset in Hispanics: Interdependent self-construals not responsible. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

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.