Bridget K. Hamre

Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of CASTL


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2002
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1998
  • B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1995

Bridget Hamre, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Professor and Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Dr. Hamre’s areas of expertise include student-teacher relationships and classroom processes that promote positive academic and social development for young children and she has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts on these topics. This work documents the ways in which early teacher-child relationships and teachers' social and instructional interactions with children support children's development and learning and may help close the achievement gap for students at risk of school failure. Dr. Hamre works closely with federal, state, and local early childhood leaders to help bridge the research to practice divide. She collaborates with the Office of Head Start on their implementation of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) as a part of the federal monitoring process and consults with numerous states on their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. She is also leading UVA’s efforts to support the implementation of Virginia’s federal preschool expansion grant. Dr. Hamre received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her masters and doctorate in clinical and school psychology from the University of Virginia.