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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 Skills for Children with Developmental DisabilitiesTalkParent Support Group - Children with Autism / St. Bernadette Church2018Fuquay-Varina, NC
Bullying SeminarPanel DiscussionGreater Christian Chapel Church2012Apex, NC
Facial recognition in survivors of pediatric brain tumors as compared with children with ADHD. Willard, VW, Hardy, KK, FitzGerald, DP, & Bonner, MJ.PosterSociety for Research in Child Development2009Denver, CO
Predictors of facial expression recognition in survivors of pediatric brain tumors. Willard, V.W., Hardy, K.K., FitzGerald, D.P., & Bonner, M.J.PosterThe National Conference on Child Health Psychology2008Miami, FL.
Implementation of FACS for synthetic characters for use in studying facial expression recognition by survivors of childhood cancer. Hubal, R., Evens, N., FitzGerald, D.P., Hardy K.K., Willard, V.W., & Bonner, M.J.PosterCyberTherapy2008San Diego, CA.
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
Genetic associations with response variability in AD/HD. Kollins, S.K., Epstein, J.N., Tonev, S., FitzGerald, D., Kane, E.M., Anastopoulos, A.D., Lachiewicz, A.M., Kail, M.E., Cuccaro, M.L., Exelbierd, L., Gilbert, J.R., & Ashley-Koch, A.E.PosterXIV World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics2006Cagliari, Italy
Genetic associations with response variability on the continuous performance task in AD/HD families. Ashley-Koch, A.E., Epstein, J.N., Tonev, S., FitzGerald, D., Kane, E.M., Anastopoulos, A.D., Lachiewicz, A.M., Kail, M.E., Exelbierd, L., Cuccaro, M.L., Gilbert, J.R., & Kollins, S.K.PosterThe American Society of Human Genetics 56th Annual Meeting2006New Orleans, LA
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
Promoting Evidence-Based ADHD Treatment Among Community Pediatricians: A Pilot Study. Epstein, J.N., Rabiner, D., Chrisman, A., FitzGerald, D., Margolis, P., March, J., & Johnson, D.PosterEvidence in Mental Health Services Research:2002Washington, DC
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
Evaluation of the Duke Coping Power Program with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth. Lochman, J.E., FitzGerald, D.P., Gage, S., Kanaly, K., & Whidby, J.M.LectureRegional conference on mental health and deafness.1999Greenville, SC
Integrating Parents and Caregivers into TreatmentLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program1999Fayetteville, NC
Lead poisoning in young children: Enhancing prevention efforts among early childhood educators. Tuesday Heathfield, L., FitzGerald, D.P., Weiss, A., & Radcliffe, J.PosterHead Start National Research Conference1998Washington, DC
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Conduct DisordersLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program1998Fayetteville, NC
Group Treatment with Latency Age ChildrenLectureSouthern Regional Area Health Education Program1998Elizabethtown, NC
Video self-modeling across disciplines. FitzGerald, D.P., & Dowrick, P.W.Poster1997Washington, DC
Lead poisoning in children: Implications for pediatric psychologists. Tuesday Heathfield, L., FitzGerald, D.P., Weiss, A., & Radcliffe, J.PosterGreat Lakes Regional Conference of the Society of Pediatric Psychology1996Toronto, Ontario
Linking children’s social worlds: The relationship of perspective-taking to parent-child and peer contexts. FitzGerald, D.P., & White, K.J.PosterSociety for Research in Child Development1995Indianapolis, IN
Pubertal maturation and adolescent ego development. FitzGerald, D.P., & Lapsley, D.K.PosterAnnual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association1992Quebec City, Quebec