Scientific Advisory Board

Kate Fitzgerald, M.D.

Columbia University

Kate D. Fitzgerald, M.D. is the Ruane Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).  At Columbia University/NYSPI, she serves as Director of Research on the Children’s Day Unit, and co-leads NIMH-funded T32 and R25 training grants for child psychiatry research fellows.  Dr. Fitzgerald’s clinical and research expertise is in pediatric obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders. Her research has implicated alterations of neural substrate for cognitive control in affected children, adolescents and adults. Currently, she is conducting research to elucidate developmentally sensitive mechanisms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients at different ages. Dr. Fitzgerald is also studying play-based cognitive training strategy designed to reduce early childhood anxiety by increasing brain capacity for cognitive control. She has published extensively on these topics in general and child psychiatric journals.

“Developing new strategies to understand the biological basis of anxiety will lead us to better treatments so we can help more kids achieve their full potential.”

Kate Fitzgerald
Columbia University