Monica Fitzgerald

Monica M. Fitzgerald

Director, Senior Research Associate

Dr. Monica Fitzgerald is a licensed clinical psychologist and Senior Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science in Boulder, Colorado. Monica’s expertise and research focus on the impact of child abuse, violence, and trauma on children’s emotional and behavioral well-being and the powerful role of caregivers and adults socializing children’s emotion management skills and supporting youth in their recovery. She also has expertise in the dissemination of trauma-focused, evidenced based treatments for youth and families and implementation science. Monica is a co-developer of prevention programs for families (Let’s Connect) and schools (RISE: Resilience in Schools & Educators).

Dr. Fitzgerald is Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Treatment Services Adaptation Centerfor Resilience and Well-being in Schools. She is Co-PI on the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools Grant to evaluate RISE implementation in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and Co-PI on a grant with CDHS to evaluate Let’s Connect for families caring for youth in the child welfare system.  Dr. Fitzgerald co-directs a NCTSN Community Treatment and Services Center collaboration with Mental Health Partners and is Co-PI on a NIJ Comprehensive School Safety grant evaluating the feasibility and impact of the Safe Communities Safe Schools Model.  She is an expert trainer in the evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions TF-CBT and AF-CBT. 

Dr. Fitzgerald obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia and completed a clinical internship and NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Traumatic Stress studies from the National Crime Victims Research Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Monica loves being a parent of three and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing at home in Colorado.