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Leah Fitzgerald, Ph.D., C.-F.N.P.
Assistant Professor

Location: 5-137 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 206-1065
E-mail: lfitzger@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise 

Research: Assess the impact of stress on responsiveness to human disease. Dr. FitzGerald's research focuses on biobehavioral relationships related to psychological and physiological stressors, as reflected in neuroendocrine, hormonal, and inflammatory markers to better understand the basis for changes in body composition, health risk factors and various health outcomes. Dr. FitzGerald's program of research assesses stress and physiological links in the areas of exercise as a stressor and the physiological impact of oral health prevention in vulnerable and underserved populations.
Clinical: Family Nurse Practitioner


N200, N239C, N260

Professional Activities

2003 - Present Research Chair, Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Tau Chapter


Malden Hospital School of Nursing, Diploma, 1981, Nursing
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA; BSN, 1992, Nursing
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA; MS, 1993, Nursing (FNP)
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1998-2003, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, Post Doc, 2003-2005


Fitzgerald L, Ottaviani C, Goldstein IB, Shapiro D. (2012).Effects of dipping and psychological traits on morning surge in blood pressure in healthy people. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26, 228-35.

FitzGerald L, Kehoe, P Are There Alterations of Central and Plasma Neuroendocrine Responses to Lumbar Puncture (LP) in Women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? West J Nurs Res. 2009 Nov;31(7):818-36.FitzGerald LZ. (2010). Blunted Affect is Associated With Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA) Hypoactivity and Elevated CSF-Interleukin-1 Beta (IL-1β) in Response to Lumbar Puncture. Biol Res Nurs. Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Ottaviani C, Shapiro D, Fitzgerald L. (2010). Rumination in the laboratory: What happens when you go back to everyday life? Psychophysiology.doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.01122.x. [Epub ahead of print]

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