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Bridget Sweeney Blakely, PhD

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Assistant Clinical Professor

Bridget Sweeney Blakely, PhD

Education

Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University
M.Ed. in School Psychology from Temple University
B.S. in Psychology from DeSales University

Program Affiliation

MS in Applied Behavior Analysis

Presentations

  • Connell, J.E., & Blakely, B. (2016) Why can’t I catch up? A story of the academically and economically disadvantaged. Presented within symposium: Overcoming the Odds: Elucidating urban risk and protective factors among young children in poverty. Symposium presented at European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Sweeney Blakely, B. & Connell, J.E. (2015) SES, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity Bias on Curriculum-Based Measurement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.
  • Sweeney Blakely, B. & Connell, J.E. (2014). School Psychologists as Expert Consultants: Driving Change from Outside. Round table discussion presented at the American Psychological Association conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Sweeney Blakely, B. & Connell, J.E. (2014). Finding our way through maze: Revisiting Parker et al., 1992. Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Sweeney, B., Connell, J.E., & Larocco, A. (2013). A better maze: Advancements in comprehension CBM. Presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Convention, Seattle, WA.

  • Consultation; Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Response to Intervention (RtI)
  • Systems-level change; Performance feedback
  • A.J. Drexel Autism Institute; 2012-2017; School Psychologist/Project Coordinator – Consultation Services
  • Father Judge High School (Archdiocese of Philadelphia); 2008-2011; Director, Father Brisson Center for Academic Excellence
  • Elwyn Inc., Nonpublic Schools Program; 2007-2008; Certified School Psychologist

Bridget S. Sweeney Blakely is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) within the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum in the School of Education at Drexel University. She received her B.S. from DeSales University and continued to Temple University to complete her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology. As a certified school psychologist, she worked with Elwyn, Inc. in the Nonpublic School Program. Dr. Sweeney Blakely continued her work with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at Father Judge High School where she served as the first Director of the then-newly created Father Brisson Center for Academic Excellence, supporting students with learning challenges.

Dr. Sweeney Blakely completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Mental Health Policy and Service. There she supported systems-level change at a local school district, as they began the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks.

Most recently, Dr. Sweeney Blakely has worked as a School Psychologist and the Projector Coordinator of Consultation Services at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. She continued to support individual schools and school districts in their pursuit of systems-level change and to assist the needs of individual students. In addition, she supported numerous research projects investigating the complexities of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Sweeney Blakely’s research interests include Consultation, specifically, the use of Performance Feedback, as well as the role of the consultant in the implementation and fidelity of systems-level frameworks within schools, specifically Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

In her leisure time, she enjoys taking adventures with her husband and dog. She fills her time with reading, cycling, golfing, volunteering, and spending time with her family.