Fitzgerald Lab

Principal Investigator

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric problem in children and adolescents. These disorders affect up to one-third of youth and lead to impairment across academic, social, and family domains. Our goal is to better understand anxiety disorders and develop effective treatments for children and families.

Our current research uses fMRI, EEG, and behavioral assessments to look for biomarkers of pediatric anxiety disorders to serve as neural targets for novel, mechanism-based treatments. We are interested in how evidence-based treatments may improve brain function in anxious youth. Read more about our current work on the studies page!

Lab Members



  • Katherine Raguckas

    • Research Assistant

    Katherine works as a Research Assistant for the Kidpower study. She graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2021 with a B.S. degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Katherine spent 2 years assisting Dr. Fitzgerald's team with multiple child anxiety and OCD studies where she developed interests in pediatric mental health and wellness. In the future, Katherine hopes to further her clinical and research interests by attending medical school to specialize in psychiatry or primary care. When she's not working in the lab, you can find Katherine reading, running, trying new coffee shops, and walking around exploring the city!

  • Meryl Rueppel

    • Research Assistant

    Meryl Rueppel works as a research assistant for the Kidpower study. Meryl graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2020 with a degree in Cognitive Science. As an undergraduate student, she explored several research topics, ranging from developmental cognition to neuroscience of consciousness, to autism interventions, to adolescent risk behavior. She has since found an especially strong interest in pediatric anxiety and OCD treatment, with plans to pursue these topics in graduate study. In her free time, Meryl enjoys practicing yoga, painting, and finding live music in the city!