Stephen Bridges

  • Position:  Professor
  • Department:  Exercise Science and Community Health
  • Office Location:  Building 72, Room 258
  • Campus: (850) 474-2051


Dr. Stephen Bridges, Professor, teaches community health, epidemiology, cultural competency, and environmental health.  

He is a community health scientist who utilizes archival data to conduct interdisciplinary research on various aspects of community health issues.  He co-authored “Homicide-Suicide in the United States, 1968 –1975,” a study published in the journal Forensic Science International that describes for the first time the epidemiology of homicide-suicide events throughout the U.S. 

To train the next generation of community health graduates, Bridges collaborates with UWF undergraduate and graduate students on various research projects. A recent grant that he received, the Hoyt Innovative Informatics Mentorship Grant, will help to identify and link homicides and suicides amongst veterans and nonveterans using Florida death certificate and newspaper surveillance data. Bridges was selected as an Emerge Faculty Fellow to help an undergraduate student participate in community-based research. He was also an advisory board member for UWF’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 

He has been recognized for his dedication to teaching and service by receiving the Teacher Incentive Award (2002), U-Care Award (2009) and Distinguished Faculty Service Award (2012, 2013), all from UWF. He also received Outstanding Board Member by the American Lung Association (1998). He is a consulting editor for the North American Journal of Psychology and an advisory board member of the Austin Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology. 

He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from University of North Alabama, and doctorate in health education and post-doctoral training in community medicine from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.