As the epidemiology technical assistance provider for the CAPT Southeast Resource Team, Bridgett provides training and technical assistance to the region’s 12 States, Tribes, and Jurisdictions, particularly State epidemiological workgroups. These efforts include the identification of data sources and application of quality indicators to support the estimation of substance abuse consumption and consequences reported in epidemiological profiles, strategic plans, and the development of data products essential to communicating data findings to stakeholder groups. This work allows her the opportunity to collaborate with SAMHSA prevention grantees to cultivate, strengthen, and sustain the capacity for data-rich environments to inform and validate the prioritization of substance abuse problems and alignment of evidence-based strategies used to produce measurable change towards healthy behaviors.
Bridgett brings 20 years of teaching in higher education and direct project experience to the CAPT from her previous work with the National Cross-Site Evaluation of the original State Incentive Grants (SIGs) and SPF SIG; the state-level evaluation of Tennessee’s SPF SIG; and, as a CAPT Service to Science TA Provider and principal investigator of a Service to Science Enhancement Evaluation Capacity grant. Bridgett earned a B.A. with majors in psychology, sociology, and criminology and a M.A. in sociology from Western Kentucky University, and completed her doctoral studies in criminology and criminal Justice (ABD) at the University of Maryland. She is a certified criminal justice and addictions counselor and prevention specialist and is committed to the prevention of substance abuse and safety on college campuses.