Stephanie L. Fitzpatrick, PhD

Meet Stephanie Fitzpatrick

For Stephanie Fitzpatrick, research is a personal endeavor. When she began counseling people with obesity to make lifestyle and behavior changes, she realized that changes were needed in her own life, too. Her personal journey continues to inform her scientific work.


Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist whose research focuses on embedding behavioral interventions for obesity and chronic disease management in primary care practices. She has expertise in development, implementation, and analysis of behavioral interventions, including use of advanced statistical modeling including structural equation modeling and item response theory.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is the principal investigator on a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease-funded R21 study that involves applying latent class analysis to data from two multi-site behavioral intervention trials that CHR was part of (PREMIER and Weight Loss Maintenance) in order to identify individuals who successfully maintained health behavior changes for a year or more, and to establish demographic and baseline psychosocial predictors of behavior change maintenance. She is also co-principal investigator on an R01 study evaluating the implementation of online and in-person diabetes prevention programs for Kaiser Permanente Northwest members at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Fitzpatrick and her colleagues will determine the effect of these programs on weight, A1C, and health care costs.

After earning her PhD in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology from the University of Miami, Dr Fitzpatrick completed a one-year health psychology internship in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Before joining the Center for Health Research, Dr. Fitzpatrick was an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. There, she served as both a clinical researcher and a behavioral psychologist in a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in weight, diabetes, and hypertension management.

Selected Publications

  • Fitzpatrick SL, Stevens VJ. Adult obesity management in primary care, 2008-2013. Prev Med. 2017 Jun;99:128-133. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.02.020. Epub 2017 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 28232100.
  • Fitzpatrick SL, Dickins K, Avery E, Ventrelle J, Shultz A, Kishen E, Rothschild S. Effect of an obesity best practice alert on physician documentation and referral practices. Transl Behav Med. 2017 Dec;7(4):881-890. doi: 10.1007/s13142-017-0514-0. PubMed PMID: 28653221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5684083
  • Fitzpatrick SL, Golden SH, Stewart K, Sutherland J, DeGross S, Brown T, Wang NY, Allen J, Cooper LA, Hill-Briggs F. Effect of DECIDE (Decision-making Education for Choices In Diabetes Everyday) Program Delivery Modalities on Clinical and Behavioral Outcomes in Urban African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Trial. Diabetes Care. 2016 Dec;39(12):2149-2157. PubMed PMID: 27879359; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5127230.
  • Fitzpatrick SL, Wischenka D, Appelhans BM, Pbert L, Wang M, Wilson DK, Pagoto SL; Society of Behavioral Medicine. An Evidence-based Guide for Obesity Treatment in Primary Care. Am J Med. 2016 Jan;129(1):115.e1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.07.015. Epub 2015 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 26239092.
  • Fitzpatrick SL, Coughlin JW, Appel LJ, Tyson C, Stevens VJ, Jerome GJ, Dalcin A, Brantley PJ, Hill-Briggs F. Application of Latent Class Analysis to Identify Behavioral Patterns of Response to Behavioral Lifestyle Interventions in Overweight and Obese Adults. Int J Behav Med. 2015 ug;22(4):471-80. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9446-y. PubMed PMID: 25331853; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4957646.
  • Fitzpatrick SL, Schumann KP, Hill-Briggs F. Problem solving interventions for diabetes self-management and control: a systematic review of the literature. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2013 May;100(2):145-61. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2012.12.016.Epub 2013 Jan 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 23312614; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3633671.


Medicare Invests in Diabetes Prevention, and Health Researchers Seize the Moment

A new four-year study will evaluate diabetes prevention programs at Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

Sep. 20, 2017