A recent paper by 2012 Ph.D. Bridget Lavelle has been recognize for it's excellence by the journal Rural Sociology.  Written with co-authors Frederick Lorez (Iowa State University) and K. A. S. Wickrama (University of Georgia), their article, What Explains Divorced Women's Poorer Health? The Mediating Role of Health Insurance and Access to Health Care in a Rural Iowan Sample, discusses their findings that divorced women are less likely to report adequate health insurance in the years following divorce, inhibiting their access to medical care and threatening their physical health.

Bridget is currently a Senior Research Manager with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Research and Data Analysis Division.