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David P. FitzGerald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
Psychiatry
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
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David FitzGerald, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is the director of the UConn Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, where he also provides outpatient therapy and assessment and contributes to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program.  He supervises the fellowship training in psychotherapy, through which fellows have the opportunity to provide evidence-based psychosocial treatment for a variety of disorders.  He also co-precepts the Delivery of Clinical Care (DoCC) course for second-year medical students in the UConn School of Medicine.

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.University of Notre DamePsychology
M.A.University of Notre DamePsychology
Ph.D.University of Notre DameCombined Program: Counseling/Developmental Psychology

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
InternshipUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicineClinical Child/Pediatric Internship, Division of Child Development and Rehabilitation, Children's Seashore House

Externalizing Disorders, OCD, behavioral family therapy, psychological assessment 

Undergraduate Courses: Child Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality, Child & Family Intervention (Duke University)


Graduate Courses: Child Assessment (Duke University); Psychoeducational Assessment (UNC-Chapel Hill) Delivery of Clinical Care (UCONN School of Medicine)

My research interests center on social-cognitive and family factors related to typical development as well as those related to childhood aggressive behavior.  I also have interests in the potential utility of technology to improve emotion recognition and social-cognitive deficits among children and adolescents.  I enjoy participating on research teams and have supervised independent evaluators for several multisite NIH comparative treatment trials (e.g., Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study (CAMS), Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Studies (POTS) I, II, and Jr.).


  • Ongoing retrospective chart review project through the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic

  • Establishment of a data repository to enhance clinical research through the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient clinic and our child faculty researchers

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Aggressive Children: Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment
    Lochman, J.E., Powell, N.R., Whidby, J.M., & FitzGerald, D.P. Child and adolescent therapy: Cognitive-behavioral procedures, Third Edition 2006 Jun;
  • Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment with aggressive children
    Lochman, J.E., Whidby, J.M., & FitzGerald, D.P. Child and adolescent therapy: Cognitive-behavioral procedures, Second Edition 2000 Jun;
  • Anger management with aggressive children.
    Lochman, J.E., FitzGerald, D.P., & Whidby, J.M Short term psychotherapy groups for children 1999 Jun;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Supporting Social SkillsTalkParent Support Group - Children with Autism / St. Bernadette Church2018Fuquay-Varina, NC
Bullying SeminarPanel DiscussionGreater Christian Chapel Church2012Apex, NC
Treatment and Programming for School Age Children with Special NeedsLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Center2008Fayetteville, NC
Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Comorbidities in ChildrenLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Center2007Fayetteville, NC
Assessment and Treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct DisorderLectureEastern Area Health Education Program2006Greenville, NC
Severe Psychiatric Illnesses in ChildrenLectureNorthwest Area Health Education Center2005Winston-Salem, NC
Assessment and Treatment of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct DisorderLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program2005Fayetteville, NC
Anger Management in Aggressive YouthLectureNorthwest Area Health Education Center2004Winston-Salem, NC
Assessment in Children with Mental/Behavioral DisordersLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program2004Fayetteville, NC
Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Children and YouthLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program2002Fayetteville, NC
Implementation and dissemination of the coping power program: A cognitive behavioral program for aggressive children and their parentsPanel DiscussionAssociation for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy2001Philadelphia, PA
Integrating Parents and Caregivers into TreatmentLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program (1999Fayetteville, NC
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Conduct DisordersLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program1998Fayetteville, NC
Group Treatment with Latency Age ChildrenLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program1998Elizabethtown, NC