Jacklynn Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Jacklynn Fitzgerald
Jacklynn Fitzgerald, Ph.D.Marquette University

Cramer Hall, 328N

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-2028

Assistant Professor


Dr. Fitzgerald will be interviewing applicants applying to the clinical psychology graduate program (to start the program in Fall 2025).

Dr. Fitzgerald completed her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to going back to school she worked as a non-academic researcher in the social sciences in Washington, DC and pharmaceuticals in Chicago, IL. She earned her doctorate in Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.

Research Lab: Translational Affective Neuroscience Lab


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2006

Courses Taught

PSYC 2050 – Research Methods and Designs in Psychology

PSYC 3601 – Biopsychology

PSYC 3650 – Affective Neuroscience

PSYC 8780 – Biological Bases of Behavior

Research Interests

Trained as a behavioral neuroscientist, Dr. Fitzgerald’s research translates what we know about how the brain generates and regulates emotions to better understand the emergence of emotion dysregulation in clinical populations, notably anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalogram (EEG) recording, Dr. Fitzgerald’s research uncovers variations in the neurobiology as well as time course of emotion dysregulation in these disorders. Using mixed methods, her work integrates what is known about aberrant neurobiological functioning with peripheral markers of emotional responding.

Select Publications

  • Davis, K., Bennett, M , Hillard, C., Franco, Z., Whittle, J., Bollaert, R.E., Fitzgerald, J.M. (In press). Effect of trauma type and trauma burden on self-efficacy for physical exercise in military veterans. Trauma.
  • Bennett, M., Tomas, C., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2023). Relationship between cortisol and heart rate variability in response to stress: A data-driven approach. Stress & Health, (40)3, e3327.
  • Davis, K., Tomas, C.W., Webb, E.K., Huggins, A.A., deRoon-Cassini, T.A., Larson, C.L., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2023). Neural processes of emotional conflict detection and prediction of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters in traumatic injury survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, online ahead of print.
  • Jayan, D., Timmer-Murillo, S., Fitzgerald, J.M., Hillard, C., deRoon-Cassini, T. (2023). Endocannabinoids, cortisol and development of post-traumatic psychopathological trajectories. General Hospital Psychiatry, 85, 199-206.
  • Bennett, M., Davis, K., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2023). Neural correlates of reward processing in the onset, maintenance, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, 8(9), 884-890.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Webb, E.K., Sangha, S. (2023). Psychological and physiological correlates of stimulus discrimination in adults. Psychophysiology, 60(10), e14327.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Timmer-Murillo, S., Sheeran, C., Begg, H., Christoph, M., deRoon-Cassini, T.A., Larson, C.L. (2022). Psychophysiological predictors of change in emotion dysregulation six months after traumatic injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 173, 29-37.
  • Jayan, D., deRoon-Cassini, T.A., Sauber, G., Hillard, C.J., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2022). A cluster analytic approach to examining the role of cortisol in the development of post-traumatic stress and dysphoria in adult traumatic injury survivors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 135(105450).
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Webb, E.K., Weis, C.N., Huggins, A.A., Bennett, K.P., Miskovich, T.A., Krukowski, J.L., deRoon-Cassini, T., Larson, C.L. (2021). Hippocampal resting-state functional connectivity forecasts individual PTSD symptoms: A data-driven approach. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, S2451-9022(21)00232-9 
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Chesney, S.A., Sander Lee, T., Brasel, K., Larson, C.L., Hillard, C.J., deRoon-Cassini, T.A. (2021). Circulating endocannabinoids and prospective risk for depression in trauma-injury survivors. Neurobiology of Stress, 4(14), eCollection.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Belleau, E.L., Taubitz, L.E., Trevino, C., Brasel, K.J., Larson, C.L., deRoon-Cassini, T. (2020). Dorsal anterior cingulate cortex resting state functional connectivity as a predictor of pain symptoms following motor vehicle crash: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Pain, S1526-5900(18
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Belleau, E.L., Miskovich, T.A., Pedersen, W.S., Larson, C.L. (2020). Multi-voxel pattern analysis of amygdala functional connectivity as a predictor of variability in posttraumatic stress severity. Brain and Behavior, 10(3), 1-14.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Klumpp, H., Langenecker, S., Phan, K.L. (2019). Transdiagnostic neural correlates of volitional emotion regulation in anxiety and depression. Depression and Anxiety, 36(5), 453-464.
  • Klumpp, H., Kinney, K.L., Bhaumik, R., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2018). Principal component analysis and brain-based predictors of emotion regulation in anxiety and depression. Psychological Medicine, 25, 1-10.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Kinney, K., Phan, K.L., Klumpp, H. (2018). Distinct neural engagement during implicit and explicit regulation of negative stimuli. Neuropsychologia, Epub ahead of print.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., DiGangi, J., Phan, K.L. (2018). Functional neuroanatomy of emotion and its regulation in PTSD. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 26(3), 116-128.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Gorka, S.M., Kujawa, A., DiGangi, J., Proescher, E., Greenstein, J.E., Aase, D., Schroth, C., Afshar, K., Kennedy, A., Hajcak, G., Phan, K.L. (2018). Neural indices of emotional reactivity and regulation predict course of PTSD symptoms in combat-exposed veterans. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 2(82), 255-262.
  • Klumpp, H. Bhaumik, R., Kinney, K.L., Fitzgerald, J.M. (2018). Principle component analysis and neural predictors of emotion regulation. Behavioural Brain Research, 338, 128-133.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., Kennedy, A.E., Shankman, S.A., Langenecker, S.A., Phan, K.L., Klumpp, H. (2017). Prefrontal and amygdala engagement during emotion regulation in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 218, 398-406.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., MacNamara, A., Kennedy, A.E., Rabinak, C., Rauch, S.A.M., Liberzon, I., Phan, K.L. (2017). Individual differences in cognitive reappraisal and emotion regulatory brain function in combat-exposed veterans with and without PTSD. Depression and Anxiety, 34(1), 79-88.
  • Fitzgerald, J.M., MacNamara, A., DiGangi, J.A., Kennedy, A.E., Rabinak, C.A., Patwell, R.S., Greenstein, J.E., Proescher, E., Rauch, S.A.M., Hajcak, G., Phan, K.L. (2016). A psychophysiological investigation of directed emotion regulation in combat-associated posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 249, 113-121.

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