Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph. D., President

Susan M. Fitzpatrick is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university-based research in biological, behavioral, and complex systems sciences through foundation-initiated programs. As President, Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF’s Chief Executive Officer.

Fitzpatrick received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Neurology from Cornell University Medical College (1984) and pursued post-doctoral training with in vivo NMR spectroscopic studies of brain metabolism/function in the Department of Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Yale University.

Fitzpatrick served as the Associate Executive Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (1989-1992), a comprehensive basic science and applied science research center focused on restoring neurological function to persons with spinal cord injury. Her responsibilities included all public outreach and educational efforts and she served as the scientific liaison to the development, fundraising, and public relations staff. As Executive Director of the Brain Trauma Foundation (1992-1993), Fitzpatrick guided the Foundation through a re-organization. BTF is now a leader in advancing the acute care of patients with traumatic brain injury. Fitzpatrick joined the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer. She was promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor of Neuroscience and Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and teaches neuroscience in both lectures and seminars. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning applications of neuroscience to clinical problems, the translation of cognitive science to educational settings, the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research, and on issues related to the public dissemination of and understanding of science.

Fitzpatrick serves on the boards of the Ontario Brain Institute and Research!America, is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Science Council, and is a member of International Advisory Council of the Rotman Institute for Philosophy. Fitzpatrick is a past member of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and is a Past-President and former Chair of the Board of the Association for Women in Science.


Publications


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Executive Functions. In L.M. Carey (Ed.)
Fitzpatrick, S.M. & Baum, C.M. (2012)
Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging (pp. 208-221). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Neurorehabilitation: Action and Manipulation (complete document; includes the four articles below)
Various
See Below Entries
Neural rehabilitation: Action and manipulation
Corbetta, M., Fitzpatrick, S.M.
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Supplement to 25(5), 3S-5S
Neurological principles and rehabilitation of action disorders: Computation, anatomy, and physiology (CAP) model.
Frey, S.H., Fogassi, L., Grafton, S., Picard, N., Rothwell, J.C., Schweighofer, N., . . . Fitzpatrick, S.M.
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Supplement to 25(5), 6S-20S.
Neurological principles and rehabilitation of action disorders: Common clinical deficits.
Sathian, K., Buxbaum, L.J., Cohen, L.G., Krakauer, J.W., Lang, C.E., Corbetta, M., Fitzpatrick, S.M.
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Supplement to 25(5), 21S-32S.
Neurological principles and rehabilitation of action disorders: Rehabilitation interventions.
Pomeroy, V., Aglioti, S.M., Mark, V.W., McFarland, D., Stinear, C., Wolf, S.L., . . . Fitzpatrick, S.M.
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Supplement to 25(5), 33S-43S.
The future of cognitive neurorehabilitaion. In D.T. Struss, G. Winocur, & I.H. Robertson (Eds.).
Robertson, I.H, Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2008).
Cognitive Neurorehabilitation, Evidence and Application (2nd ed) (pp.565-574). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
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From Where I Sit: For the times they are a changin' [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Winter 2013, 46(1), 9.
From Where I Sit: The Value of a Voice: Learning from Jane Franklin [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Fall 2013, 47(1), 9.
From Where I Sit: Welcome to Your Renewed AWIS [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Spring 2013, 45(1), 4.
From Where I Sit: Conserving Your Energy What's Your Strategy [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Winter 2013, 44(1), 4.
From Where I Sit: Channeling Your Inner Entrepreneur [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Fall 2012, 43(4), 4,7.
From Where I Sit: Celebrating Public Service [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2012, 43(3), 4.
From Where I Sit #2: Three Rs for Women in STEM: Recruitment, Retention, Resilience [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Spring 2012, 43(2), 4,7.
From Where I Sit [President's Remarks].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Winter 2012, 43(1), 4,7.
Hail and farewell! [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2004, 33(3), 22-23.
The road taken – Peggy Bruce [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Spring 2004, 33(2), 30-31.
Balancing competing demands: Snapshots from an autumn road [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Winter 2004, 33(1), 1-3.
Sharing knowledge makes us all stronger: Conversations with the AWIS executive board [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Autumn 2003, 32(4), 36-38.
Executive recruitment: Searching for the perfect fit [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Spring 2003, 32(2), 34-36.
Survive adversity by playing to your strengths [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Winter 2003, 32(1), 32-34.
Successfully creating your own business [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Autumn 2002, 31(4).
Strategies for life’s twists and turns [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2002, 31(3).
Welcome! [The Road Taken].
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Spring 2002, 31(2).
Whither Thou Goest: Working the "two body" problem.
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2000, 29(3), 30-31.
The protégé to peer transition.
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 1999, 28(3).
Yes, Virginia, there is life beyond the bench.
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2001, 30(3).
Information Publication
Quotes in Story About NIH Funding Were Taken Out of Context
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2017).
The Chornicle of Higher Education, 2017.
Book Review - Follow the Money: Funding Research in a Large Academic Health Center by Henry R. Bourne and Eric B Vermillion
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2017).
Science & Public Policy, 2017, 1-2.
Data-driven Science Policy
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2016).
Issues in Science and Technology, Volume XXXII Issue 4, Summer 2016.
Diversifying your funding portfolio: The role of private funders. In R.J. Sternberg (Ed.)
Fitzpatrick, S.M. & Dolezalek, M. (2013).
Writing Successful Grant Proposals from the Top Down and Bottom Up, (255-276). Los Angeles:Sage Publications.
Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2012).
July 22-28, 2012.
Research foundations: US private funder on indirect costs.
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2011).
Nature, 477, 162.
Brain research needs new ideas [Letters to the Editor].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2011).
Wall Street Journal.
Preface - Lessons from PEN: Scientific collaboration and the search for synergy. In I.G. Gauthier, D.N. Bub, & M.J. Tarr (Eds.).
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2009).
Perceptual Expertise: Bridging Brain and Behavior (pp. xi-xiv). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Keep Philanthropic Funding Distinct [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2003).
The Scientist 17(4), 18.
Science is service [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2001).
The Scientist 15(20), 43.
Choose beauty [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2001).
The Scientist 15(19), 6.
Putting the 'notoriety' cart before the 'prominence' horse [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2001).
The Scientist 15(12), 6.
What makes science newsworthy? [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (1999).
The Scientist 13(23), 12.
Private funders have a role in the training of life scientists [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (1998).
The Scientist 12(23), 8.
Survival in today’s tight funding climate depends on following agencies’ rules [Opinion].
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (1996).
The Scientist 10(9), 11.
Sensational news: Scientists serious about reaching the public should bypass the media.
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (1996).
Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 15(3), 95-98.
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Antibiotic Overuse: The Influence of Social Norms.
The McDonnell Norms Group (2008)
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 207(2), 265-275.
Enhancing the use of clinical guidelines: A social norms perspective.
The McDonnell Norms Group (2006)
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 202(5), 826-836.
Battling bad behavior
The McDonnell Norms Group (2006)
The Scientist 202(5), 20(2).
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Applied mathematics and nonlinear sciences in the war on cancer
Garcia, V., Fitzpatrick, S., Pérez-Romasanta, L.A., Pesic, M., Schucht, P., Arana, E., & Sánchez-Gómez, P.
Applied Mathematics and Nonlinear Sciences 1(2) (2016), 423–436
The benefits of cross-talk: Cognitive psychologists and STEM educators from multiple disciplines can enrich their research and enhance STEM education through shared knowledge.
McDaniel, M., Frey, R., Fitzpatrick, S., & Roediger, H.L. (Eds.)(2014)
Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines. [e-reader versiondoi:10.7936/K7BG2KWM
Play, attention, and learning: How do play and timing shape the development of attention and influence classroom learning?
Hedges, J. H., Adolph, K. E., Amso, D., Bavelier, D., Fiez, J. A., Krubitzer, L., McAuley, J. D., Newcombe, N. S., Fitzpatrick, S. M. & Ghajar, J. (2013)
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12154
Functional Brain Imaging: Neuro-Turn or Wrong Turn? In M. M. Littlefield & J. M. Johnson (Eds.)
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2012)
The Neuroscientific Turn (pp. 180-198). Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigcan Press.
Epilogue: Remember the future
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2007)
Science of memory: Concepts (pp 391-396). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Foreword. In R.G. Shulman and D.L. Rothman (Eds.)
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2004)
Brain energetics & neuronal activity: Applications to fMRI and medicine (pp. ix-xii) (West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The neuro-journalism mill [JSMF website blog]. Monthly updates.
Fitzpatrick, S.M.
Retrieved from: http://www.jsmf.org/neuromill/
Meeting report: Choosing the right MR tools for the job
Fitzpatrick, S.M. & Rothman, D.L. (2002)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 14(5), 806-815.
Fish dream of fighting rats – Now that’s a story! [Opinion]
Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2001)
The Scientist 15(6), 6.
Meeting report: Transcranial magnetic stimulation and studies of human cognition.
Fitzpatrick, S.M., & Rothman, D.L. (2000)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 12(4), 704-709.
Meeting report: New approaches to functional neuroenergetics
Fitzpatrick, S.M., & Rothman, D.L. (1999)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 11(4), 467-471.