Dr. Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald joined the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness as a Research Scientist in 2018. Dr. Trudel-Fitzgerald has worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since 2017. Her research projects target the role of positive and negative emotions in the maintenance and decline of physical health as well as longevity. Her scientific efforts have been supported by grants from the Canadian government and Harvard, and recognized by various awards, including from the American Psychosomatic Society and the International Positive Psychology Association.
At the Center for Health and Happiness, Dr. Trudel-Fitzgerald focuses more specifically on whether and how the capacity to adequately regulate emotions may foster greater psychological well-being and prevent the development of chronic diseases. Recognized as an Affiliate Scientist in 2017, Dr. Trudel-Fitzgerald has been highly involved in the Center since its inception. She has taken a lead role in the “Measurement Project” and the creation of an online repository of psychological well-being scales, which she will continue to oversee. She also co-leads the Measurement Working Group with Affiliate Scientist Professor Tyler VanderWeele, comprised of faculty from across Harvard University.
A French-Canadian health psychologist, Dr. Trudel-Fitzgerald earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Laval University in Quebec City, followed by a three-year postdoctoral research training in social epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.