Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital Conference Center- October 16, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm Registration and Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm Program
Kate Fitzgerald, M.D.
Dr. Kate Fitzgerald received her medical degree from Wayne State University before coming to the University of Michigan to complete her medical residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is now practicing as a child psychiatrist, specializing in the evaluation of treatment of pediatric anxiety and related disorders, such as depression. She is co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety and Tic Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan and an assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Fitzgerald's research focuses on neural mechanisms underlying pediatric anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder. Her current research involves using fMRI, EEG, and behavioral assessments to look for biomarkers of anxiety disorders that may serve as targets for novel, mechanism-based treatments. Currently, she is conducting federally funded research to elucidate developmentally sensitive mechanisms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD (R01 MH1022420) and to develop a bio-behavior assessment battery for anxiety and depression in preschoolers, based on Research Domain Criteria (R03 MH102648-01). She is also involved in Medicaid-funded research focusing on the dissemination of currently available cognitive behavioral therapy methods through public schools to reduce anxiety and depression in a community sample of adolescents.
Three Learning Objectives:
- Review how altered error-processing function may relate to OCD symptoms.
- Describe neuroimaging evidence of altered brain response to errors in OCD, including atypical development in pediatric patients.
- Discuss how these alterations could be differentially targeted to treat pediatric compared to adult OCD.