Michael Fitzgerald

Trinity College

Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland specialising in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). He has diagnosed more than 5000 persons with ASDs. He has written many peer-reviewed publications and authored, co-authored, and co-edited thirty-four books, some of which have been translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Polish. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, world-renowned expert in clinical psychology and professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, described one of Professor Fitzgerald’s books on autism as, ̔the best book on autism̕ and described him as an ̔exceptional scholar̕. Professor Fitzgerald has lectured extensively throughout the world, including at the Royal Society/British Academy and the British Library in London. He was the overall winner of the Excellence in Psychiatry̕ Award in 2017 and was nominated as one of the top four psychiatrists by Hospital Professional News Ireland. Professor Fitzgerald recently retired to spend more time in Brussels and continues to write on autism.

Michael Fitzgerald

5books edited

3chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Michael Fitzgerald

Child abuse and neglect are major problems facing psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and medical professionals. It occurs in homes and social settings and is currently increasing because of the mass displacement of families due to migration, war, and even climate change. It can be the background to so many puzzling presentations in mental health and social care settings. This book includes five chapters that address physical and sexual child abuse. Topics covered include resilience to trauma, the new psychiatric diagnosis of developmental trauma disorder, court accommodations for children with disabilities, improving teacher knowledge of child sexual abuse with training, and the global challenge of child abuse and neglect.

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