Dr Amanda Fitzgerald

University College Dublin

Associate Professor in Psychology

About Dr Amanda Fitzgerald

Amanda completed her PhD in NUI Galway in 2010. Her PhD investigated psychological and social factors predicting children's and adolescents' food choices. Amanda joined the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway to work on the cross-national Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey 2010. Following this, Amanda joined UCD School of Psychology as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Youth Mental Health to work on the My World Survey, the largest national study on risk and protective factors of youth mental health with over 14,000 young people aged 12-25 years. This research was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Barbara Dooley and Jigsaw- The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Amanda has been awarded two Royal Irish Academy mobility grants in 2012 and 2013 to visit research centres of excellence in her field including Stanford University School of Medicine and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Amanda was awarded the Eadbhard O' Callaghan Annual Youth Mental Health Prize in 2012.
Amanda's research focuses on understanding risk and protective factors of young people's mental health, with a specific interest in the area of early interventions for adolescent mental health and use of e-technologies for improving various psychosocial problems. Amanda co-founded the UCD School of Psychology Youth Mental Health lab which currently hosts a team of 13 researchers at postgraduate and doctoral level.