Caroline Fitzpatrick , Ph.D.
    Caroline Fitzpatrick

    514 345-4930

    Research Project Title

    Environmental and psychosocial factors associated with mental and physical health outcomes in children at risk of obesity

    University Program

    Department of social and preventive medicine


    • PhD., Psychoeducation, University of Montréal
    • M.A., Social Psychology, Concordia University
    • B.A., Psychology, McGill University

    Research Interests

    Child development; health-related behavior; screen time; school readiness.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • 2011-13 Postdoctoral scholarship, FQRSC, $40, 000 (per annum)
    •  2011-12 Fulbright doctoral award, $15, 000
    •  2009-11 Doctoral scholarship, FQRSC, $20, 000 (per annum)


    • Pagani, L.S., Fitzpatrick, C. (2012). Where there is smoke there is fire. Paper presented at the Life History Meeting, London, England.
    • Fitzpatrick, C. Testing of young children and school readiness: What can we gain by considering executive functions? Public lecture delivered at the University of Johannesburg, Center for Education Practice and Research, 2012. Johannesburg, South Africa.
    • Fitzpatrick, C., Pagani, L. (2012 ).Toddler executive function skills are prospectively associated with math, verbal, and classroom engagement skill at kindergarten entry. Paper presented at the Early Childhood Development Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa.
    • Fitzptrick, C., Barnett, T.A. & Pagani, L. (2011). Early childhood exposure to media violence: what parents and policy-makers ought to know. Paper presented at the Arab-US Association for Communication Educators annual conference, Beirut, Lebanon.
    • Fitzpatrick, C. & Pagani, L. (2011). Compelling evidence that child impulsivity in fourth grade is predicted by maternal smoking during pregnancy. Paper presented at the Society for Applied Neuroscience Meeting. 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Selected Publications

    • Fitzpatrick, C., Barnett, T., & Pagani, L.S. (2012). Early childhood television exposure predicts explosive leg strength and waist circumference by middle childhood. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-87.
    • Fitzpatrick, C., Pagani, L.S., & Barnett, T.A. (2012). Early exposure to violent media and later child adjustment. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 33, 291-297.
    • Fitzpatrick, C., & Pagani, L.S. (2013). Task-oriented behavior pays off in later childhood. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 94-100.
    • Fitzpatrick, C., Barnett, T.A., & Pagani, L.S. (2012). Parental bad habits breed bad behavior in youth: Exposure to gestational smoke and child impulsivity. International Journal of Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.11.006.
    • Pagani, L.S., Fitzpatrick, C., Barnett, T., & Dubow, E. (2010). Prospective associations between early childhood television exposure and academic, psychosocial, and physical well-being by middle childhood. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 164, 425-431.
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