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Bridget Bailey, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor

Bridget Bailey, PhD, LICSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry at West Virginia University. She graduated with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University College of Social Work in 2020 and a MSW in 2010. She graduated with a Bachelors of Philosophy in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Dr. Bailey currently holds licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker under the West Virginia Board of Social Work Licensure. Dr. Bailey has ten years of clinical experience in the field of mental health (inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and school-based) and specializes in the use of evidence-based psychotherapy for youth and adults with mood disorders, complex trauma and at high risk of suicide. The overarching goal of Dr. Bailey’s interdisciplinary clinical intervention and implementation research is to increase access to evidence-based psychotherapies and preventative interventions for high-risk, underserved youth using community engaged and mix-methods approaches. Dr. Bailey was recently awarded a pilot grant from the Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation to examine the feasibility, acceptability, fidelity, and preliminary effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy skills training for emotional problem solving for adolescents (DBT-STEPS-A), a universal school-based preventative and early intervention social emotional learning curriculum, in a rural middle school in southern West Virginia.


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University College of Social Work 2020
  • MSW, Ohio State University 2010
  • B.Phil in Social Work, University of Pittsburgh 2009


  • Adolescent and adult behavioral health
  • School-based mental health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Bipolar/mood disorders
  • Trauma
  • Underserved and diverse populations
  • Evidenced based treatments (i.e. dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal social rhythms therapy; Attachment Regulation and Competency Framework)
  • Intervention, prevention and implementation research
  • Community engaged research


  • Evidence based Practice
  • Children’s mental health
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Field
  • Advanced Integrated Practice


Past Service in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psyc hiatry:
  • Service Committee
  • Ambulatory Committee
  • Healthy Healers Committee
  • Resident Psychotherapy Training Committee


  • Society for Social Work Research
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • International Society for Bipolar Disorders
  • International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness