Hiram E. Fitzgerald received his Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology (1967) from the University of Denver. Currently he is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. He is president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities, a member of the Board of Directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks, and a member of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship task force. Fitzgerald is past president and executive director of both the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health, and for 16 years (1992-2008) served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. He has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 25 years, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Head Start National Evaluation Research Consortium and its Father and Risk Work Groups, chairs the MSU Wiba Anung Early Head Start/Head Start research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, is scientific advisor to the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado, Denver, is a member of the Native Children's Research Exchange, and is a member of a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on the evaluation of community-based early preventive-intervention programs in Michigan and the United States.
Fitzgerald's major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and youth use of technologies, and broad issues related to the scholarship of engagement. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 80 chapters and 79 books, and is editor-in-chief of the Infant Mental Health Journal and Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. He has received numerous awards, including the ZERO TO THREE Dolley Madison Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Development and Well Being of Very Young Children and the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Selma Fraiberg Award, and is one of three recipients of the World Association for Infant Mental Health's Honorary President designation. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology.
Fitzgerald, H. E., Van Egeren, L., & Bargerstock, B.A. (2018). Public research universities as engines for economic development and innovation. In A. Furco, R. Bruininks, R. J. Jones, & K. Kent (Eds.), Re-envisioning the public research university: Tensions and demands. New York, NY: Routledge.
Fitzgerald, H. E. (2017). Reflections on the existential infant and the essence of self [Review of the book The birth of intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, neurobiology, and the self, by M. Ammaniti & V. Gallese]. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(2), 321-323.
Golding, P., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2017). The Psychology of boys at risk: Indicators from 0-5 [Special issue]. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(1), 5-14.
McKinney, M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Winn, D.-M., & Babcock, P. (2017). Public policy, child development research and boys at risk: Challenging, enduring and necessary partnership [Special issue]. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(1), 166-176.
Puttler, L. I., Fitzgerald, H. E., Heitzig, M., & Zucker, R. A. (2017). Boys, early risk factors for alcohol problems, and the development of the self: An interconnected matrix [Special issue]. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(1), 83-96.
Using engaged scholarship and developmental systems framework to move forward AI/AN early childhood development research
Barnes-Najor, J. V., Lee, K., Cameron, A., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2017, April 6-8). Using engaged scholarship and developmental systems framework to move forward AI/AN early childhood developmental research. In R. McCall (Chair), Developmental science, community engagement scholarship, and systemic engagement. Symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Comments on developmental science and society: Factors in successful university-community engagement projects for children
Fitzgerald, H. E. (2017, April 6-8). Comments on developmental science and society: Factors in successful university-community engagement projects for children. In R. McCall (Chair), Developmental science, community engagement scholarship, and systemic engagement. Symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Critical reflections on a changing world of infant mental health
Fitzgerald, H. E., & Priddis, L. (2016, November). Critical reflections on a changing world of infant mental health. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, Subiaco, Western Australia.