Michael Fitzgerald

Trinity College

Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland. Specialising in autism spectrum disorders, he has diagnosed over 5000 sufferers. He has a large number of peer-reviewed publications and has written, co-written, and co-edited 34 books with Japanese, Dutch, and Polish translations. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge described one of his books on autism as “the best book on autism” and described him as an “exceptional scholar.” He has lectured extensively throughout the world, including the Royal Society/British Academy and the British Library in London. He was the overall winner of the “Excellence in Psychiatry” Award 2017 and was nominated as one of the top four psychiatrists by Hospital Professional News Ireland—Top 100 Professionals in Ireland 2017.

3books edited

2chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Michael Fitzgerald

This book opens with a discussion of neurodiversity and an elaboration of the diagnosis of autism. It then examines factors correlating with autism, including sex bias, month of birth, migration and impact of infant feeding. The next section is on the impact of autism. The neurobiology and genetic section deals with epigenetics and intracellular pathways associated with etiology. The development and behaviour section deals with proprioceptive profiles and joint attention in autism. The final section focuses on interventions including mindfulness, animal assisted activity, social/cultural perspective on autism intervention and physical activity. The book is relevant to all professionals and researchers working with persons with autism, including psychiatrists/psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, nurses and care workers.

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