Faculty

Dee Bridgewater

Continuing Lecturer

Contact Information

Email    DBRIDGE@SPEECH.UCLA.EDU
Office  2332 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-206-8429

The age-old tradition of storytelling forms the underlying, pervasive basis of my professional life as a teacher of public discourse and as a psychotherapist.  In both professional pursuits, I have encouraged individuals to engage in a process of introspective self-discovery by honing their skills in assessing and articulating their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs while simultaneously honing their ability to empathically assess those of others.  This dialectic process allows an individual to forge a personalized philosophical discipline drawn from the theoretical perspectives of rhetoric and psychodynamic psychology.

Rhetoric guides my work as an instructor.  I find this most ancient of scholarly disciplines most cutting edge in the age of social media.  Rhetoric explores how people can critically assess the world around them and then articulate an apt response that inspires critical thinking and effective policy decisions.  I believe to be viable in today's competitive world and more profoundly to be a functioning citizen students must learn to be cultural critics, raconteurs, and ethical catalysts of change.  The accumulative development of these skills in students is the prime focus of my teaching.

Psychodynamic theory guides my work as a therapist.  I help people excavate and contemplate memories from their past.  This allows them to introspectively reflect on these memories and to experience them anew.  The person can then formulate their memories into a cogent, enlightening personal narrative.  In short, I help a person discern and formulate the story of their past to help them lead happier lives in the present and better plot their trajectory into a successful future.

An aspect of my career as a psychologist of which I am particularly proud is my work in the formation of the American Psychological Association's Division 44--The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.  It's been quite remarkable to witness the transformation of the LGBT community from a psychopathology to a people worthy of study.

Presently, I am exploring the use of American popular culture and movies in particular as a tool of pedagogy.  I've developed the course:  Cinematherapy:  Movies and Mental Health to explore my fascination with movies as public dreams and dreams as private movies.  Also, I've developed the course Learning American English and Culture from Movies, a course designed primarily for International Students.  I am hoping to generate the rudiments of a global movement comprised of an international family of scholars exploring how movies can facilitate universal understanding.  In 2010, I became the co-founder of the Communication Studies Department's Institute in Communication Skills for International Students and am currently its co-director.

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Degrees

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., (ABT) Theater, Indiana State University

M.S., Counseling, Indiana State University

B.A., Theater, 1974, Indiana University

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Directed Research or Senior Project in Communication Studies

2018 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2017 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2017 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2016 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2016 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2015 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2015 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2014 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2014 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2014 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2013 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2013 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2012 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2012 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2012 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2012 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2011 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2011 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2011 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2011 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2010 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2010 Summer Session

Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2010 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2009 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2009 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2008 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2008 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2007 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2007 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2006 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2006 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2005 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2005 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2004 Fall Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2004 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2004 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2003 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2003 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2002 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2002 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2001 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2001 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2001 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2000 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

2000 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

2000 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

1999 Summer Session

Principles of Oral Communication

1999 Spring Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

1999 Winter Quarter

Principles of Oral Communication

1998 Summer Session
1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 1B
Learning American English and Culture from Movies

2017 Summer Session

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

COMM ST 1
Principles of Oral Communication

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

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2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

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2003 Spring Quarter

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2002 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Summer Session

2001 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Summer Session

2000 Spring Quarter

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1999 Summer Session

1999 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 1

1998 Summer Session

1998 Spring Quarter

1998 Winter Quarter