Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald

Research Scientist

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Research Scientist
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research and Clinical Interests: Health psychology and social epidemiology

  • Psychological adjustment to chronic illnesses
  • Biopsychosocial risk factors of incidence/recurrence of diseases
  • Longitudinal design, epidemiological cohort studies, survival analyses, structural equation modeling, linear mixed models
  • Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, pain, health behaviors, psychological well-being

Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Basic science research on psychological well-being


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

  • Symptomatology: anxiety and depression symptoms/disorders, insomnia, anger, adjustment disorder
  • Populations of interest: adults, individuals coping with medical conditions (ex., cancer, chronic pain)

Prior Academic Appointments & Education

2018-Research Associate in Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, US
2017-Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health,
 Harvard University, Boston, US
2014-PhD in Psychology, clinical & research orientation,
 Laval University, Quebec, Canada
2007-BA in Psychology, research orientation, Laval University, Quebec, Canada


Research Funding

2019 – 2021 Dean’s Acceleration Award (co-PI)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2018 Enrichment award 
Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2016 – 2018 Post-doctoral Research Fellowship
Fonds de la Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Quebec

2014 – 2017 Post-doctoral Research Award
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2009 – 2012 Doctoral Research Award
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2009 – 2012 Doctoral Award (declined)
Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ), Quebec

2008 – 2009 Master’s Award
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2008 – 2010 Master’s Award (declined)
Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ), Quebec

2007 – 2009 Master’s Award (declined for 2008-2009)
Cancer Research Center, L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Quebec City, Canada

Training Awards

2019 Travel Award
American Federation for Aging Research & National Institute of Aging, USA

2019 Travel Award
Research Scientists Association, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2015 Travel Award
Postdoctoral Association, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2014 Student Scholarship, for attending the annual convention
Life and Mind Institute, Hadley, Massachusetts, USA

2013 Travel Award
Association of Graduate Students in Psychology, Laval University, Quebec City

2013 Travel Award
Association of Students of Laval University enrolled in Graduate Studies, Quebec City, Canada

2012 Travel Award
Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health – Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2012 Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements, for a research internship at Harvard University
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2011 Travel Award
National Cancer Institute – Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Canada

2009 Travel Award
Association of Graduate Students in Psychology, Laval University, Quebec City

Distinctions

2017 Early-Career Best Individual Presentation Award
5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, by the International Positive Psychology Association

2017 Outstanding Oral Presentation Award
Science for Scientists Pre-Congress Event, by the International Positive Psychology Association

2015 New Investigator Award
Inaugural New Investigator Forum at the 12th International Society of Integrative Oncology Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

2014  Poster presentation selected as a Citation Poster
1st Integrative Medicine Research Forum, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

2014 Young Investigator Award
Annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, San Francisco, USA

2014 Publication Prize
Institute of Cancer Research, from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2013 The Jack Rachman Student Research Poster award
Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, Montreal, Canada

2013 APS Scholar Award
One of the 12 top student/trainee abstract submissions
American Psychosomatic Society and the National Institutes of Health

2012 Poster presentation selected as a Citation Poster
One of the best poster abstracts submitted, presented at the Opening Ceremonies
Annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Miami, Florida, USA

2012 The Bultz Best Poster Presentation
Annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Psycho-Oncology, Vancouver, Canada

2012 Award for the best oral presentation
Scientific Day, School of Psychology, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

2012 Certificate of a significant student involvement during the graduate studies
Students Services, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

2012 Award for the best poster presentation
Annual meeting of the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie, Sherbrooke, Canada

2010 Certificate of Academic Excellence
For one of the best theses in psychology at Laval University
Canadian Psychological Association

2010 Distinction Award for Youth 2010
Desjardins – Caisse du Plateau Montcalm, Quebec City, Canada

2009 Award for the best poster presentation
Scientific Day of Students
Cancer Research Center, L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Quebec City, Canada

2007 Award of excellence in clinical cancer research
For the best academic and research curriculum
Cancer Research Center, L’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Quebec City, Canada

2007 Award for the best oral presentation
Honor roll – research area
School of Psychology, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada

2006 Honor roll
For academic performance
Faculty of Social Sciences, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada


Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

Social epidemiology: Psychosocial and behavioral determinants of chronic diseases and health

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Millstein, R., von Hippel, C., Howe, R., Tomasso, L. P., Wagner, G., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Psychological well-being as part of the public health debate? Insight into dimensions, interventions, and policy. BMC Public Health.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Poole, E.M., Sood, A. K., Okereke, O. I., Kawachi, I., Kubzansky, L. D., Tworoger, S. S. (2019). Social integration, marital status, and ovarian cancer risk: A 20-year prospective cohort study. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Zevon, E., Kawachi, I., Tucker-Seeley, R.D., Grodstein, F., & Kubzansky, L.D. (2019). The prospective association of social integration with lifespan and exceptional longevity in women. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Huang, T., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Poole, E.M., Sawyer, S., Kubzansky, L.D.,Hankinson, S.E., Okereke, I.O., & Tworoger, S.S. (2019). The Mind-Body Study: Study design and reproducibility, and interrelationships of psychosocial factors in the Nurses’ Health Study II, Cancer Causes & Control.

Cuevas, A., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Cofie, L., Zaitsu, M. & Williams, D. R. (2019). Placing prostate cancer disparities within a psychosocial context: Challenges and opportunities for future research, Cancer Causes & Control, 30(5):443-456.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Zhou, E. S., Poole, E. M., Zhang, X., Michels, K. B., Eliassen, A. H., Chen, W., Holmes, M. D., Tworoger, S. S., & Schernhammer, E. S. (2017). Sleep and survival among women with breast cancer: 30 years of follow-up within the Nurses’ Health Study. British Journal of Cancer, 116, 1239–1246.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Poole, E. P., Idahl, A., Lundin, E., Sood, A. K., Kawachi, I., Kubzansky, L. D., Tworoger, S. S. (2017). The association of work characteristics with ovarian cancer risk and mortality. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(9):1059-1067.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Qureshi, F., Appleton, A. A., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2017). A healthy mix of emotions: Underlying biological pathways linking emotions to physical health. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences,  15, 16-21.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Chen, Y., Singh, A., Okereke, O. I., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2016). Psychiatric, psychological and social determinants of health in the Nurses’ Health Study cohorts. Invited review for the American Journal of Public Health, 106 (9): 1644-1649.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Tworoger, S. S., Poole, E. M., Williams, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2016). Prospective changes in healthy lifestyle among midlife women: When psychological symptoms get in the way. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(3): 327-335.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Gilsanz, P., Mittleman, M., & Kubzansky, L.D. (2015). Dysregulated blood pressure: Can emotion regulation help? Invited review for Current Hypertension Reports, 17(12): 1-9.

Boehm, J. K., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Kivimaki, M., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2015). The Prospective Association Between Positive Psychological Well-Being and Diabetes, Health Psychology, 34(10): 1013-21.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Boehm, J. K., Kivimaki, M., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2014). Taking the Tension Out of Hypertension: A Prospective Study of Psychological Well-Being and Hypertension. Journal of Hypertension, 32(6): 1222-1228.

Health psychology: Psychological adjustment to chronic diseases and maintenance of health

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., James, P., Kim, E.S., Zevon, E.S., Grodstein, F., & Kubzansky, L.D. (2019)Prospective associations of happiness and optimism with lifestyle over up to two decades. Preventive Medicine.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Tworoger, S. S., Poole, E. M., Zhang, X., Giovannucci, E. L., Meyerhardt, J., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2018). Psychological symptoms and subsequent healthy lifestyle after a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Health Psychology, 37(3):207-217.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Savard, J., Slim, L. M., Roy, R. C., Flett, G. L., Hewitt, P. L., & Ivers, H. (2017). The relationship of perfectionism with psychological symptoms in cancer patients and the contributing role of hyperarousability and coping. Psychology & Health, 32(4):381-401.

Desautels, C., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Ruel, S., Savard, J., & Ivers, H. (2016). Do cancer-related beliefs influence the severity, incidence and persistence of psychological symptoms? Cancer Nursing, 40(4):E50-E58.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Savard, J., & Ivers, H. (2014). Longitudinal Changes in Clusters of Cancer Patients Over an 18-month Period, Health Psychology, 33(9): 1012-22.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Savard, J., & Ivers, H. (2013). Which Symptoms Come First? Exploration of Temporal Relationships Between Cancer-related Symptoms Over an 18-month Period. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(3): 329-337.

Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Savard, J., & Ivers, H. (2013). Evolution of Cancer-Related Symptoms Over an 18-month Period. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 45(6): 1007-1018.

Savard, M.H., Savard, J., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Quesnel, C., & Ivers, H. (2011). Changes in Self-Reported Hot Flashes and their Association with Concurrent Changes in Insomnia Symptoms among Breast Cancer Patients. Menopause, 18(9): 985-993.

 

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