Personal Details & Contact Information




Employment History



Irish Presentations (Selection)


Conferences Attended


Teaching & Training Experience

Management Experience

Extra Activities

Summary Statement




References, Contributions to Literature, Abstracts, Etc

Personal Details & Contact Information


Name:                                         Michael Francis Fitzgerald


Medical Centre, Unit 3, Main St Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Phone:                                        Secretary:  + 353 (0) 1 8211796

Mobile: + 353 (86) 8597547



Medical School:                         University College, Galway (1964 – 1970)

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Medical Council                        The Medical Council Registration Number    04541

Specialist Registration               (1)  Psychiatry (Adult)

(Medical Council Ireland)        (2)  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  

General Medical Council          1975 – 1981

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Royal College Psychiatrists      Membership 1977

Fellowship 1991

Royal College Surgeons           Membership 1970

In England 

British Institute of Psychoanalysis Psychoanalyst Recognised by the International Psychoanalysis Association (1981)

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M.D., M.B.,, BAO., D’Obst., D.P.M., F.R.C. Psych.,

M.R.C.S. (Eng), .M.Inst. Psychoanal

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Employment History


Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to the Health Service Executive Dr. Steevens Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland

1st May 1981 – November 2010

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to National Children’s Hospital Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland

1988 – November 2010

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Dublin 12, Ireland

1994 – November 2010

First Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

1996 – November 2010

Senior Registrar, Hospital for Sick Children Group Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney, London

1st May 1980 – 31st April 1981

Consultant Child Psychiatrist Supervisor – Dr. C. Dennehy Conducted Routine Assessment & Treatment of Children & Adolescents

Senior Registrar Belgrave Hospital for Children, London, Darent Park and Joyce Green Hospitals, Kent

31st November 1979 – 30th April 1980


Supervisor Dr. C. Whelan, Consultant

Acting Senior Registrar Psychiatry National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queens Square, London

1st January 1978 – 30th November 1978


Supervisors, Dr. M. Pratt, Prof. M. Trimble

Conducted Liaison as well as In-Patient Assessment & Treatment work

Registrar for Bethlem and Beckenham Kent Maudsley Hospitals, Denmark Hill, London SE5

1st April 1975 – 31st December 1977



Prof. L. Hersov (Child Psychiatry)

Prof. J. Corbett (Intellectual Disability)

Dr. F. Post (Adult Psychiatry)

Routine and Specialist Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment


Registrar Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Eastern Health Board

Dr. Steevens Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland

1st January 1974 – 31st March 1975



Dr. D. Cotter (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

SHO Psychiatry, St. Patricks Hospital, James Street, Dublin 8

1st January 1973 – 30th December 1973


Prof. N. Moore – Supervisor

1st January 1972 – 31st December 1972

Routine Assessment & Treatment, Inpatient and Outpatient


SHO Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Coombe Hospital

Dolphins Barn

Dublin 8


Supervisor Dr. J. Stewart

1st July 1971 – 30th December 1971

Routine Work



Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago

Medicine School, Chicago, USA

30th June 1970 – 30th June 1971

Routine Work in Casualty, Medicine, Surgery & Paediatrics

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Adult Psychiatry:  The Maudsley Hospital and the Bethlem Royal Hospital, London

St. Patrick’s Hospital and St. James’ Hospital, Dublin

The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Kings College Hospital, London


Child Psychiatry:               The Maudsley Hospital, London

Eastern Health Board, Dublin

Hospital for sick Children Group at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children

Belgrave Hospital for Children, London (part of Kings Hospital, London, SE5)


Forensic Psychiatry:          1974-1975      Scoil Ard Mhuire, Dublin – 6 hr/week

1978                The Maudsley Hospital, Stamford House

1981-1987      St. Michael’s Assessment Centre, Dublin

Expert Witness – Central Criminal Court, Dublin, Limerick, Cork

Court Reports – Cloverhill Prison, Mountjoy Prison, St. Patricks


Intellectual Disability:        Darenth Park Hospital, Kent and Joyce Green Hospital, Unit for Persons with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Problems, Kent

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Award 1991                        Honorary Foundation Member, Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations

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Irish Presentations (Selection)


1977 – 1979     Psychiatry.  Lectures to Marriage Guidance Counsellors, London.

1981                Hysterical Personality.  Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland,  Psychiatric Section.

1981                Contribution of Psychoanalysis to Psychiatry.  St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin.

1982                Training in Psychotherapy.  Association of Psychiatrists in Training, Dublin.

1982                Common Factors in Psychotherapy.  Conference on Behaviour Modification as applied to Mental Handicap, Autism and Child Psychiatry, Dublin.

1982                Why a Paediatric Obstetric and Psychiatric Conference? 

                        First Paediatric Obstetrics Psychiatric Conference, Dublin.

1983                Contribution of Psychoanalysis to Psychiatry.  St. Loman’s Hospital, Mullingar.

1983                Hysterical Personality.  BelfastCityHospital.

1983                Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.  MaterHospital, Dublin.

1983                Applied Child Psychoanalysis.  Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Galway.

1983                Balint Groups for General Practitioners.  International Congress of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dublin.

1983                Behaviour Problems in Pre-School Children. Asociation for Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry Meeting, Dublin.

1984                Dream Analysis.  Association of Workers with Children in Care, Dublin.

1984                Overlap between Behaviour Therapy and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  Association of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, Cork.

1984                Schools and Disruptive Pupils.  Association of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, Dublin.

1984                A Study of Expectations of a Child and Family Centre.  Association of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry Meeting, Dublin.

1985                Behaviour Problems in Children.  Irish Society of Medical Officers of Health, Dublin.

1985                Adolescent Psychotherapy.  RegionalHospital, Cork.

1986                Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Sexually Abused Persons.  Post Graduate Medical Centre, BelfastCityHospital, Belfast.

1986                Psychotherapeutic Approaches to General Practice.  Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice, Sligo.

1986                Lectures on Sexual Abuse.  St. Ita’s Hospital, St. Brendan’s Hospital and NewcastleHospital.

1986                Psychoanalysis.  Dublin Institute of Adult Education, Lectures to Pastoral Counselling Course.

1989                Psychological, Social and Medical Factors associated with the admission of Children to Hospital with Gastroenteritis.  Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children,                          Crumlin, Dublin.

1990                A Psychodynamic Understanding of Personality Disorders. Irish Psychiatric Tutors’ Association, Academic Meeting, Kilkenny.

1990                The Technique of Psychoanalysis with special reference to French Psychoanalysis.  Northern Ireland Association for the study of Psychoanalysis, Antrim.

1990                Burn-out and G.P.’s.  West Dublin Faculty Irish College of General Practitioners, Dublin.

1991                Psychotherapy Training in Ireland.  Association of Psychiatrists in Training, Dublin.

1991                A Study of Suicide in the Eastern Health Board Region.  Topics in Psychiatry Conference (Lilly), Limerick.

1991                The Family Burden of Children with Special Needs.  Irish Society for Autistic Children – Annual Two-day Conference, Ballinteer.

1991                Psychopathology in Pre-School Children.  Irish Pre-School Play Groups’ Association, Kilkenny.

1992                Children and Parents Under Stress – Lessons from recent Irish Studies.   Quarter-centenary T.C.D. Medical Meeting.

1989                The Psychoanalytic Approach to Counselling. Social Work Conference, BeaumontHospital, Dublin.

1989                Existential Psychoanalysis.  North Central E.H.B. Meeting, Dublin.

1989 – 1990:    Three Lectures on Psychoanalysis:

(a)     The Mind of the Adolescent Girl,  

(b)     Suicide and Depression, and

(c)     The Technique of Psychoanalysis.  TrinityCollegeDublin. (Late afternoon and evening classes and courses).

1992                A Psychosocial Study of a Population of Diabetic Children and Adolescents.  RoyalCollege Psychiatrists Annual Meeting Trinity College Dublin.

1994                Lecture on the Supervisory Process to Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations in Belfast.

1995                250th Anniversary Commerative Medical Meeting.  This was in commeration of the founding of St. Patrick’s Hospital.  Discussant on The Future of Psychotherapy by                        Professor L. Eisenberg.

1995                Bryson House Belfast. Conference on “The Early Years” – invitational lecture.

1996                European Child Psychiatry Research Society Invitational Meeting, Oslo.

1996                Ulster Paediatric Society, in association with British Association of Community Child Health – invitational lecture on Mental Health Problems among Adolescents.

2002                Irish Psychiatric Association Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Galway.

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  1. CPD is up to date.  See CPD Certification from College of Psychiatry Ireland
  2. I am part of CPD peer supervision group in Child Psychiatry based at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin – Department of Psychiatry, Connolly Hospital, Dublin.

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Conferences Attended (Selection)


(a)           Annual American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting, USA & Canada

(b)          European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting – Bi-Annual Meeting, eg Latest, Vienna

(c)           International Association of Child Psychiatry Meeting – Latest Bejing 2010

(d)          Royal College Psychiatry Meetings, eg Learning Disability (2010), Academic (2009, 2010) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting

(e)           European Child Psychiatry Research Society Meeting, Oslo, 1996

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Courses Attended


Psychoanalytical Training Course

Institute of Psychoanalysis London and British Psychoanalytical Society a component society of the International Psychoanalytical Association founded by Sigmund Freud.  I am M. Inst. Psychoanal.


Psychoanalytic Training, 1976 – 1981   (2,500 hours)


(a)        Theoretical training – two evenings per week.

(b)       Personal analysis – five days per week.

(c)        Psychoanalytic patients treated five das per week.

(d)       Personal supervision – one session per week increasing to two sessions per week.

(e)        Group supervision – one session per week.

(f)        Child/parent observation and seminars, 1979 – 1981.

1975 – 1976     Community Psychiatric Course, Professor J. Wing.

1976                Child Psychiatry, Child Development and Mental Handicap Course, Professor M. Rutter; Professor L. Hersov; Professor J. Corbett.

1976 – 1977     Neuropsychiatry Course, Professor A. Lishman.

1976 – 1977     Behaviour Therapy Course, Professor I. Marks.

1977                Present State Examination (PSE) Course, Professor J. Leff.

1977                Paediatric Neurology Course, Dr. J. Wilson, Hospital for Sick Children, London (six months).

1978                Medical Student Teaching Course.  Professor J. Anderson, King’s College Hospital.

1985                Clinical Psychiatric Interview Schedule Course, Dublin.

1987                Course on the Supervision of Trainees in potentially Dangerous Situations, Tavistock, London.

1989                Financial Management for Consultant Medical Staff, Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.

1996                Mental Health Training Course organised by the Mental Health Commission.

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I conducted audit and treatment outcome study of a Child & Family Centre with Dr. S. Moukkadem and Dr. M. Barry. (Moukkadem S., Fitzgerald M., Barry M., (1996))

Service evaluation of a Child & Family centre, Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review 3, 4, 161-168

I participated in Audit Conducted over the past few years in the course of my daily work.

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Teaching & Training Experience


1983 – 1987         Tutor in Psychotherapy, Queen’s University Belfast.

1984 – 1987         Clinical Teacher, Trinity College Dublin.

1987 – 1990         Lecturer in Psychiatry (part time), Trinity College Dublin.

1992                    External Examiner for the degree of Master of Medical Science Psychotherapy, Queens University Belfast.

1987 – 2010         Tutor in Child Psychiatry, Irish Psychiatric Training Committee.

1988 – 1990         External Examiner Psychology Department, U.C.D. M.Sc. Degree, Queens University Belfast, Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London. 2013 Department of          Psychiatry, University College, Dublin, Child Art Therapy.

1991 – 2010         Child Psychiatric Research Supervisor Irish Psychiatric Training Committee.

1990 – 1994         Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry (part time), Trinity College Dublin.

1994 – 1996         Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (part time) Trinity College Dublin.

1994                    Internal Examiner M.D. Thesis T.C.D. and other M.Sc.’s T.C.D.

1996 – 2010         Henry Marsh Professor in Child Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin First Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland.

2007                    Member of the Committee on Non-standard Student Entry to Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Physic, Trinity College Dublin.

1971 – 1972         Medical Student teaching, Trinity College Dublin.

1978                    Nurse Student teaching, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen’s Square, London.

1979 – 1980         Medical Student teaching at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London.

1981 – 2010         Irish Psychiatric Training Committee Lecturer in Child Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Eastern Region Subcommittee Training Programme.

1981 – 1995         Medical Student Teaching, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

1982 – 1988         Supervisor in Psychotherapy, University Department of Psychiatry Trinity College Dublin, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

1983 – 1988         Psychotherapy Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry, Belfast City Hospital.

1988 – 1992         Psychotherapy Supervision, St. Ita’s Hospital, St. Loman’s Hospital, Vergemount Hospital, St. Johns Day Centre, Dublin.

1985 – 1992         Supervisor and Lecturer, Psychotherapy Training Programme, St. Vincent’s Hospital, ElmPark, Dublin.

1986 – 2010         Lecturer, Senior Registrar Training Programme in Child Psychiatry, Dublin.

1990 – 2010         Director, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Programme (Diploma Course). (Now M.Sc. TrinityCollegeDublin).   

1994 – 2010         Director, Adult Psychotherapy Course, M.Sc. Trinity College Dublin.

1982                    Irish Paediatric Obstetric Psychiatric Society. (Secretary 1982 – 1986). (Founding Secretary)

1983                    Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. (Chairman 1983 – 1989). (Founding Chairman)

1983                    Irish Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Group.  Now Irish Forum for Child Psychotherapy (1991). (Chairman 1990 – 1993). (Founding Chairman)

1984                    Irish Balint Society.  (Secretary 1983 – 1986). (Founding Chairman)

1990                    Irish Standing Conference on Psychotherapy. (Chairman 1990 – 1995).  (Aims to represent members of Conference to other professions, institutions and government).  Now Irish Council Psychotherapy.  (Founding Chairman)

1992                    European Association for Psychotherapy I was one of the 15 signatories when this was incorporated in Brussels on the 3rd of July 1992.

1982                    In 1982 I initiated a psychotherapy training course which evolved into the M Med. Sc. (Psychotherapy) N.U.I.

1986                    Member of the Irish Organising Committee of the Group Analysis Course Dublin 1986 in collaboration with the Institute of Group Analysis London.

In 1990 I initiated a Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training.  Now M.Sc.TrinityCollegeDublin.  I was Director until 2013.


As tutor in Psychotherapy Queens University Belfast.  I was involved in discussions about a Masters course in Q.U.B. which is being offered now.  Over 4 years I was                             involved in training of Lord John Alderdice who became the Director of this M.Med.Sc. (Q.U.B.) Psychotherapy as well as a number of other students who are now                                   trainers there.


1993                   I was involved in discussions with two of my ex-students about an M.Phil. Course in T.C.D. on Psychoanalytic Studies.  This is commenced in October 1993. I was                               Co-Chairperson of Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy when it initiated a three year training programme in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in 1993.  This is                             now an M.Sc. course in Trinity College Dublin of which I was Director.

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Management Experience


1982 – 2004         Chairman, Board of Management, Ballyowen Meadows School.

Chairman, Board of Management Setanta School.

(Two separate schools)

1987 – 2013        Director, Board of Gheel Training Group (For Autistic Persons).

2001 – 2007         Director of Panda Foundation – Services for Young People at Risk, Co. Clare.

2001 – 2009         Chairman Irish Association for Suicidology.


Invited to participate on Appointment Committees for Consultant Child Psychiatrist Posts by Local Appointments’ Commission, Eastern Health Board, Trinity College Dublin, and National Children’s Hospital, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Other Interview Boards include National Higher Training Scheme in Psychiatry.

Appointment Committee – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist Northern Area Health Board.

External Assessor Professor of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

I was Consultant Child Psychiatrist to a Child & Family centre from 1981 – 2010.

I managed an Inpatient Child & Adolescent Unit in St. Lomans Hospital, Dublin for about 9 years.

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Extra Activities


Consulting Work Undertaken


1977 – 1980         Medical Adviser to Marriage Guidance Clinic  Westminster, London.

1981 – 1987         St. Michael’s Assessment Centre, Finglas, Dublin. (Forensic)

1992 – 1993         Consultant to the Director of Glen House for Children and Adolescents from Eastern Health Board area.

1999 – 2010         Clinical and Research Consultant, Irish Society Autistic Children.

1999 – 2010         Medical Adviser INCADS (ADHD National Umbrella Support Group).

2004 – 2013 (PIAB).

2009 – 2013         Irish Sports Council. Consultant in relation to Medicines and Elite Athletes.

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Administrative Experience and Other Committee Work


1977 – 1979         Member of the Working Party of the Marriage Advisory Council, examining the future for doctors in marriage guidance.

1977 – 1980         Member of the Medical Committee, London Centre, Medical Advisory Council.

1979 – 1980         Member of Mental Handicap (now Learning Disability) Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

1986 – 1991         Secretary of Irish Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

1990 – 1994         Founder and Chairman, Irish Standing Conference on Psychotherapy for the regulation and practice of psychotherapy in Ireland.

1982 – 1993         Member of Steering Committee, European Psychotherapy Association, Brussels.

1991 – 1992         Member of the Committee on Nurse Education, Eastern Health Board.

1991 – 1995         Member of the Research & Training Committee, Eastern Health Board.

1984 – 1988         Member Irish Psychiatric Training Committee and Higher Psychiatric Training Committee.

1987 – 1989         Member of Assessment Committee, Bronze Medal for Psychiatric Research, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

1991 – 1999         First Irish Psychiatrist to be invited onto the Judging Panel of the Aer Lingus Young Scientist Exhibition and later ESAT Young Scientist Exhibition.

1992 – 1996         Member of Post Graduate Education Committee, National Children’s Hospital, Dublin.

1995 – 1998         Appointed to the Government Commission on the Family by Minister of Social Welfare.

1999 – 2000         Appointed to Eastern Region Health Authority Review Group on Asperger’s syndrome.

2000 – 2001         Appointed to Eastern Region Health Authority Review Committee on Autism.

1987 – 1991         Member of Suicide Project Team, Eastern Health Board.

1988 – 1990         Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Irish Division Group which participated in regular meetings with Department of Health.

1989 – 1991         Member of the Executive Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Irish Division.

2005 – 2008         Expert Assessor Health & Social Care Research and Development Office:  Evaluation Panel for Institute of Child Care Research:  Central Services Agency, Belfast.

2007 – 2010         Experts Sub-Committee of the Advisory Committee for Human Medicines, Irish Medicines Board.

2007 – 2008         Northern Ireland Ministerial (Health), appointment to Review Group on Autism in Northern Ireland. European Medicines Agency (EMEA) London.  Occasional                                           attendance at meetings as expert assessor on behalf of the Irish Medicines Board.  Last Meeting 2009.

2004 – 2010        Euro Network Meetings, Germany, Italy, etc. working on the diagnosis of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Editorial Boards

2014 – Present    Editorial Board, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

1995 – 2014        Editorial Board, Irish Journal Psychological Medicine

1995 – Present    Editorial Board, European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Ministerial Appointments


Republic of Ireland


1995 – 1998         Appointed to the Irish Government Commission on the Family by Minister of Social Welfare.

2001 – 2002         Appointed to the Irish Department of Education and Science Task Force on Autism by the Minister for Education & Science.


Northern Ireland

2007 – 2008        Appointed to the Minister for Health & Social Services and Specific Safety to the Independent Review of Autism Services in Northern Ireland.


 Membership Learned and Professional Societies or Associations


1977 – 1982         Association for Psychiatric Study of Adolescents.

1978 – 2010         Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

1980 – 2010         Society of Clinical Psychiatrists.

1981 – 2010         British Psychoanalytic Society.

1981 – 2010         European Psychoanalytic Federation.

1982 – 2010         Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

1985 – 2010         Irish Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

1986 – 1988         Society for Psychotherapy Research.

1987 – 1988         Association of University Teachers in Psychiatry.

1990 – 2010         European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Society.

1996 – 1988         Medical Association of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital.

1996 – 1997         Universities Association for Psychoanalytic Studies.

2001 – 2010         Member of Section ‘Health for Europe’ European Public Health Association (EUPHA).


Honorary  Membership


2001                    Irish Council Psychotherapy.

2001                    Northern Ireland Association for the Study of Psychoanalysis.

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Summary Statement


Michael Fitzgerald was the Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the first professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in Ireland. He was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland in 1996. A Clinical and Research Consultant to the Irish Society for Autism and an Honorary member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations. He has a doctorate in the area of autism and has been a researcher in this area since 1973. He trained at St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin, Chicago Medical School, and The Maudsley Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. He has clinically diagnosed over 2600 individuals with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome and has served on the Government Task Force on Autism and the family as well as similar task forces for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. He has contributed to National and International Journals on autism another relevant topics. He has written, co –written, edited or co-edited over 24 books.


Michael undertook his internship at the Chicago Medical School U.S.A. in 1970 and worked as a junior doctor at St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin from 1972 onwards. Then he worked at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital London and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen’s Square, London from 1975 to 1978. Then in 1979 he was a senior registrar in Psychiatry at King’s College Hospital, London and the Hospital for Sick Childrens Group in London. He has been a consultant psychiatrist for the National Children’s Hospital Dublin (and later incorporated into the Adelaide and Meath Hospital), Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Dublin, and the South Western Area Health Board in Dublin. He received an M.B. from the University College Galway and an M.D. from T.C.D. He is a member of the the Royal College of Surgeons in England.


He became an associate member of the British Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association in 1980 and was the first to practice here with this recognition. He is a member of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis.

He initiated the first Masters programme in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s he developed with Dr. Mary Smith a Masters programme in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin and with Nessa Childers, Ross Skelton, Ann Murphy and others a Masters programme in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Trinity College Dublin. He founded the Journal the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Irish Journal for Child Psychotherapy. He founded the Irish Standing Conference on Psychotherapy. He has been a tutor in Psychotherapy Queens University Belfast. He has supervised staff in training in psychotherapy at St. Ita’s Hospital, St. Loman’s Hospital, Artane Day Centre, Vergemount Hospital and St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin.

He had a long period of experience to an Inpatient Unit for child and adolescent psychiatric problems as well as Autism and Learning Disability in Dublin. He also consults to two Mental Health Organisations and previously consulted to another health organisation for over 25 years. He also consulted to two Paediatric Hospitals in Dublin. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Journal, Journal of the Irish Psychiatric Association, the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He is a past chairman of the Child Psychiatry Section and Psychotherapy Section of the Irish Division Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London Psychotherapy Section, Psychotherapy Training (PTSAC) Committee, Learning Disability Executive and Child Psychiatry Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is currently a member of the academic faculty executive of the Royal college of Psychiatrists in London.  He was also a founding member of the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) in Holland. He was involved in the early stages with the development of the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

He has worked in the field of autism since 1973. His other special interest is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. He is an honorary member of the Northern Ireland Association for the study of Psychoanalysis. He is also an honorary foundation member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations. He was appointed to the Government Commission on the Family and also the Eastern Regional Health Authority Review Group on Autism as well as the Department of Education and Science Task Force on Autism. He is a life member of the Irish Byron Society. He has been a director of the Gheel Autism Services (for persons with autism), chairperson of the Irish Association of Suicidology and Panda Foundation in Clare. He has published contributions to the literature including books, peer reviewed papers, abstracts and letters to the editor of Peer Reviewed Journals. He has written, co-written, edited or co-edited over 24 books. He has been involved in research collaborations in 18 countries. He has been chairman of the Board of Management of two Schools for children with autism Ballyowen Meadows and Setanta for over 21 years. He has contributed to the media on over 150 occasions and presented six programmes on adolescence for RTE TV. He was a judge at the Aer Lingus Young Scientists and later the ESAT exhibition. His book “Autism and Creativity – Is There a Link Between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability”, Brunner Routledge Hove (2004) was described as the best book on Autism by Simon Baron-Cohen in Cambridge and as a ‘must read’ by nature. He has been an External Examiner at the University of London, Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin. He is on the (Adult) Psychiatry Specialist Medical Register and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist Medical Register of the Irish Medical Council.

Professor I. M. James, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Oxford and Michael Fitzgerald’s book The Mind of the Mathematician has been published by Johns Hopkins Press. He has been involved in research collaborations with Mount Sinai Hospital New York, Institute of Psychiatry London, Universities of Birmingham, Manchester, and Wales College of Medicine.

He was the first Psychoanalyst recognised by the International Psychoanalytic Association founded by Sigmund Freud to work in the Republic of Ireland.

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  1. Fitzgerald M., James I.  (2007).  The Mind of the Mathematician.  Johns Hopkins University Press:  Baltimore.
  2. Fitzgerald M.  (2004).  Autism and Creativity:  Is there a link between autism in men and exceptional ability?  Brunner Routledge:  New York. (Also published in Japanese – Seiwa Shoten).
  3. Harpur J., Lawlor M., Fitzgerald M.  (2003).  Succeeding in College with Asperger’s syndrome.  Jessica Kingsley:  New York.
  4. Harpur J., Lawlor M., Fitzgerald M.  (2006).  Succeeding with Interventions for Asperger’s syndrome and Adolescents.  London Jessica Kingsley. (Also published in Polish)
  5. Fitzgerald M.  (2005).  The Genesis of Artistic Creativity:  Asperger’s syndrome and the Arts.  London Jessica Kingsley.  (Also published in Japanese – Seiwa Shoten)
  6. Walker A., Fitzgerald M.  (2006).  Unstoppable Brilliance.  Dublin Liberties Press.
  7. Fitzgerald M., O’Brien B.  (2007).  Genius Genes:  How Asperger’s syndrome Changed the World.  Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
  8. Fitzgerald M.  (2010).  Young, Violent & Dangerous to Know.  Nova Science Publishers, New York.  (Book on Forensic Psychiatry: Reprinted in paperback 2012).
  9. Berman D., Fitzgerald M., Hayes S., (Eds.) (1996) The Danger of Words, M. O’Connor Drury, New Introduction J.Hayes, Bristol:
  10. Cleary A. Fitzgerald M. Nixon (2004).  From Child to Adult.  U.C.D: Dublin ISBN 1902 277 856
  11. C. McLearney, M. Arshad, Fitzgerald. M (2004).  Examination Papers.  Dublin
  12. Fitzgerald M., (2013) Recent Advances in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vol. 1 Intech
  13. Fitzgerald M., (2013) Recent Advances in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vol. 2  Intech
  14. Fitzgerald M., Lawlor M.  Pressure Points on Irish Families.  E-Book.
  15. Fitzgerald M.  The Roots of Creativity (In Press)  Edward Mellen Press.
  16. Berman, D., Fitzgerald M., Hayes J., (Eds.) (1996) The Danger of Words, Moc Drury, New Introduction J Hayes, Bristol: Themmes Press
  17. Fitzgerald M.  (2008).  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Creativity, Novelty Seeking and Risk.  Nova Scientific:  New York.
  18. Fitzgerald M., Bellgrove M., Gill M.  (2007).  Handbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Wiley:  New York
  19. Lyons V., Fitzgerald M.  (2005).  Asperger’s syndrome Gift or Curse?  Nova Scientific:  New York
  20. Fitzgerald M.  (2003).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 7.  ISBN 0948 562 706.  (Focuses on History, Psychotherapy, Diabetes, Substance Misuse, Sudden Infant Death, Child Anxieties).
  21. Fitzgerald M., Matthews P., Birkbeck G., O’Connor J.  (1996).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 6.  ISBN 0948 562 34X.  (Focuses on a Prevalence and Psychosocial Study of Autism in Dublin).
  22. Fitzgerald M., Moukaddem S., Barry M.  (1996).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 5.  ISBN 0948 562 897.  Audit and evaluation of a child psychiatry clinic.
  23. Fitzgerald M.  (1995).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 4.  ISBN 0948 562 099.  (Focuses on Childhood Depression, Behaviour Problems, Delinquency, Eating Problems, Adolescent Problems, Parental Mental Stress
  24. Fitzgerald M.  (1991).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 3.  ISBN 0948 562 064.  (Focuses on Blood Lead, Behaviour Problems, Adolescent Problems, Psychotherapy.  Comparison Ireland with Malaysia).
  25. Jeffers A., Fitzgerald M.  (1991).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 2.  ISBN 0948 562 056.  (Focuses  on Education and behaviour Problems in over 2000 Irish Children.  It is one of the largest ever carried  out in Ireland).
  26. Fitzgerald M.  (1991).  Irish Families Under Stress – Volume 1.  ISBN 0948 562 048.  (Focuses on Behaviour Problems in Children including Traveller Children and Factors Associated with Behaviour Problems in Children)

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International (Selection)


2013    Invitational Lecture ADHD, Europe in Istanbul, Turkey

2013 Invitational Lecture ADHD, Oslo, Norway

2008    Invited by Royal Society London to lecture on Autistic Creativity – 29 September

2008    Invitational Lecture on ADHD, Lisbon

2009     Invitational Lecture on ADHD, Vienna (ADHD Conference).

2010    Invitational Lecture, Autism, Guangzhou, China.

2010    Invitational Lecture, Autism, Verona, Italy.

2010    Invitational Lecture, Autism, Slovenia.

2010    3 Presentations – (1) Autism (2) ADHD (3) Creativity at International Association of child Psychology, Psychiatry, Bejing

2006    Invitational lectures on Psychotherapy and Child Psychiatry at Penang Medical College, Penang, Malaysia.

2008    Invitational lectures on Autism Neuroscience Conference at Royal Society London

2010    European Congress on Psychiatry Munich, Germany Lecture on ADHD


Invitational Lecture;


1989    Follow-up Study of Childhood Depression.

European Medical Research Council Meeting,

Brussels.  (Invitational Meeting)

1989    Psychotherapy in Ireland.  Society for Psychotherapy Research Meeting, Berne, Switzerland.  Other lectures; Argentina, Portugal, Belgium, Poland etc.

1993    A Prevalence and Family Burden Study of Autistic Children in the Eastern Health Board area of Ireland.  Autism Research Meeting Durham U.K.

1986    Behavioural Deviance in Ireland and Malaysia.  International Association of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines Conference, Paris.

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References, Contributions to Literature, Abstracts, Etc


Please visit our Publications page for an overview of references, contributions to literature, abstracts etc.

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