Mary Bridget was born and raised in Chicago, where she completed her Bachelor's degree from North Park University in 2004. She was first introduced to Physics Education Research (PER) during a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Mary Bridget spent an additional year at North Park as an instructor.
In 2005, Mary Bridget moved to North Carolina, where she joined the NC State PER group. While at NC State, she served as a TA in a SCALE-UP classroom; as a lead TA for the Matter and Interactions laboratories; and as the instructor of a Modern Physics course for engineers. Her dissertation explored the representation and context-dependence of student use of right-hand rules.
After completing her PhD in 2011, Mary Bridget spent two years as a postdoctoral scholar with the Paradigms in Physics Project at Oregon State University. While there, her research primarily focused on expert and student use of partial derivatives in thermodynamics and she taught and/or co-taught seven of the nine junior-level Paradigms courses in a studio classroom.
As of Fall 2013, Mary Bridget is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at DePaul University in Chicago. Both her research and curriculum development work continues to focus on the connections between mathematics and physics and on the use of multiple representations, particularly the use of kinesthetic and embodied experiences as mediating resources for students.