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Michael Fitzgerald

Dr. Michael Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor


Michael is an instructor in the marriage and family therapy and school counseling programs in the School of Child and Family Sciences at USM. He attended Oklahoma State for his bachelors in psychology, Syracuse University for his masters in marriage and family therapy, and Florida State for his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mike enjoys teaching the next generation of therapists and counselors, involving and mentoring students in research projects, and publishing clinically relevant research

  • PHD - Florida State University (2020)
  • MA - Syracuse University (2015)

FAM 615 (Gender and Culture)
FAM 655 (MFT Theories I)

  • Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Abuse, Relationship Quality, and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Mother-Adolescent Dyads, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2020, 10.1111/JMFT.12420
  • Childhood Maltreatment and Emotional Support with Family, Friends and Romantic Partners in Adulthood: An Examination of Gender Differences., Child Abuse and Neglect, 2020, 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104520
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Systems Theory: An Empirical Investigation, Journal of Family Therapy, 2020, 10.1111/1467-6427.12303
  • Emotional Support as a Mechanism Linking Childhood Maltreatment and Adult's Depressive and Social Anxiety Symptoms, Child Abuse and Neglect, 2020, 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104645
  • Childhood Abuse and Positive and Negative Relationship Quality: The Role of Depression, Journal of Relationships Research, 2020, 10.1017/jrr.2020.6
  • Developmental Pathways from Childhood Abuse to Young Adult Romantic Relationships Functioning, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, , 10.1080/15299732.2020.1869653
  • The Intersection of Childhood Maltreatment and Marriages: Implications for Adult’s Health, Journal of Family Issues, , 10.1177/0192513X20984505
  • Cool, Calm, and Collected: Associations Between Self-Leadership and Adult Mental and Relational Health Outcomes, American Journal of Family Therapy,
  • Does Spirituality Moderate the Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Adult Men and Women’s Mental Health Problems?, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, , 10.1080/10926771.2021.1912875.
  • Self-Qualities and Self-Leadership as Pathways Linking Childhood Maltreatment to Depression and Relationship Quality, Contemporary Family Therapy, , 10.1007/s10591-021-09577-7
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council of Family Relations

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Areas of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy; Childhood Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, Internal Family Systems Therapy