My Background

Academic Degrees
University of Michigan 1985 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Yale University 1977 M.A. Religious Studies: Ethics
Brown University 1976 B.S.
B.A .
Religious Studies
Academic Fellowships
and Honors
University of Michigan 1982-1983 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Case Western University 1983-1984 Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
University of Michigan 1978-1980 NIMH Training Fellowship
Brown University 1976 Phi Beta Kappa
Academic Appointments
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
1984-1986 Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Department of Psychiatry
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
1983-1984 Psychology Instructor,
Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan 1982-1984 Departmental Associate,
Department of Psychology
Yale University 1978 Teaching Assistant,
Department of Religious Studies


"Whatever It Takes" Award, Multi-Systemic Therapy Institute (2006). Award for the development of a four-year statewide Outcomes Study on the efficacy of MST in New Mexico, and for development and implementation of a web-based system for tracking outcomes that became available nationally.


Fitzpatrick, C. (1985). Children's development out of event-bound conceptions of their emotion. In I. Fast, R. Erard, C. Fitzpatrick, A. Thompson, & L. Young, Event Theory: A Freud-Piaget Integration. Erlbaum: Hillsdale, N.J.

Fitzpatrick, C. (1984). Children's conceptions of their own emotion. Paper presented in the Event Theory Symposium at the 92nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.


Fitzpatrick, C. (2010). Using DBT skills for AOD early intervention and prevention work in public school counseling. 6 hour CE training for Project Success Specialists, Santa Fe Public Schools.

Fitzpatrick, C. (2009). Dealing with difficult children: A toolkit. 3-hour training at Summer Administrators' Institute, Santa Fe Public Schools.

Fitzpatrick, C. (2008). Supervising Direct Service Providers: Using Stoltenberg's Integrated Developmental Model. 3-hour training for Student Wellness Leadership Team, Santa Fe Public Schools.

Fitzpatrick, C. (2007). Understanding the new behavioral health Core Service Agencies, and how to refer to area behavioral health agencies. 7-hour training for School Counselors, Santa Fe Public Schools.

Fitzpatrick, C. (2006). Supervising school counselor interns: Techniques and ethical considerations. 7 CE hour training for elementary school counselors, Santa Fe Public schools.

I began Buddhist practice in 1976, first in the Vipassana and then the Zen tradition. In 1977, I received a Master's degree in Buddhist Ethics from Yale University. As a student there, I had to present each paper separately to professors on the Ethics faculty and professors on the Buddhism faculty, because the field of Buddhist Ethics was not yet recognized in Western academic institutions. Since 1986, I have studied and practiced the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. I have completed a three-year retreat at home under the close supervision of a qualified lama, receiving all levels of the Dzogchen path. I have been designated as a teacher in my teacher's lineage, and offer traditional meditation instruction separately from my psychology practice. For more information on my Buddhist teachers and on traditional Buddhist meditation, please contact me.