Michigan State University

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Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Fitzgerald Hiram Fitzgerald
University Distinguished Professor
Associate Provost University Outreach
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry; University of Michigan Medical School
Ph.D. University of Denver, Experimental Child Psychology 1967
Masters University of Denver, Experimental Psychology 1964
Bachelors Lebanon Valley College, Psychology, Biology 1962
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
22 Kellog Center
(517) 353-8977

Research Statement

Dr. Fitzgerald’s research includes studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Early Head Start and/or Head Start programs on child development. This work includes a partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, and participation on the national steering committee for American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start programs, the Native Children's Research Exchange, and the Nationall Training Center for Tribal Head Start. His research also focuses on fathers and child development, community engaged scholarship, etiology of alcoholism, and infant mental health. 

Research Publications    
2013Fitzgerald, H. E., Farrell, P., Barnes, J. V., Belleau, A., Gerde, H., Thompson, N., Lee, K-S., Calcatera, M., & Parish, A. (2013). Wiba Anung: transformational change in Tribal Head Start. In H. E. Fitzgerald & J. Primavera (eds). Going public: Civic and community engagement (pp 137-161). East Lansing: MSU Press.
2013McKelvey, L. M., Burrow, N. A., Pemberton, J. L., Labory, J., Fitzgerald, H. E., & Bradley, R. H. (2013). Do supportive fathers moderate the effects of mothers' alcohol use on children's externalizing behavior problems? Family Science, 3 189-200.
2013Fitzgerald, H. E., & Bradley, R. (2013). Paternal family relationships, child risk, and child outcomes. Family Science, 3, 141-144.
2013Blow, A., Ganoczy, D., Kees, M., Valenstine, m., Gorman, L., Marcus, S., Firtzgerald, H. E., & Chermack, S. (2013). Hazardous drinking and impact on family functioning in the first two months post deployment. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 303-313.
2013Brophy-Herb, H., Martoccio, T., Hillaker, B., Stansbury, K., Harewood, T., Senechi, N., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2013). Profiles of low-income maternal well-being and family climate: Relations to toddler b oys' and girls' behaviors. Family Relations, 62, 326-430.
2013Fitzgerald, H. E., & Bockneck, E. L. (2013). Fathers, children, and the risk-resilience continuum. In. N. J. Cabrera, & C. S. tamis-LaMonda (eds). Handbook of father involvemen4t: Multidisciplinary perspectives. (2nd ed).. (Pp 168-185). new York: Routledge.
2013Fitzgerald, H. E., Wong, M. M., & Zucker, R. A. (2013). Early origins of alcohol use and abuse: Mental representations, relataionships, and the risk-resilience contiuum. In N. Suchman, m. Pajulo & L. C. mayes (eds). Parenting and substance addiction: Developmental approaches to intervention (pp 126-155). New York: Oxford Univesity Press.
2012Fitzgerald, H. E., & Simon, L. A. K. (2012). The world grant ideal and engagement scholarship. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 16, 33-55.
2012Fitzgerald, H. E., Bruns, K., Sonka, S, T., Furco, A., & Swanson, K. (2012). Centrality of engagement in higher education. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 16, 7-27
2012Jackson, L. A., Witt, E. A., Games, A., Fitzgerald, H. E., & von Eye, A. (2012). Information technology use and creativity: Findings from the children and technology project. Computrers in Human Behavior. 28, 370-376.