Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald

Research Fellow

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

CIHR & FRQS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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, well-being

Main mentor: Laura Kubzansky, PhD, MPH


Affiliate Scientist at the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness

Basic science research on positive psychological well-being

  • Leader of the well-being index project, mentored by Dr. Laura Kubzansky
  • Co-chair of the working group on “Well-being measurement in relation to physical health outcomes”

Clinical Psychologist at Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec

Training in 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)

Training Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 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

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

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


Peer-reviewed Articles

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. (in press). Sleep and survival among women with breast cancer: 30 years of follow-up within the Nurses’ Health Study. British Journal of Cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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., 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.

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.

Tarabulsy, G. M., Provost, M. A., Bordeleau, S., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Moran, G., Pederson, D. R., Trabelsi, M., Lemelin, J.-P., & Pierce, T. (2009). Validation of a short version of the Maternal Behavior Q-Set applied to a brief video record of mother-infant interaction. Infant Behavior and Development, 32(1): 132-136.