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Sheila Fitzgerald, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Emeritus

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W7503B
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1987
MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1973
BSN, University of Wisconsin, 1968


The underlying focus of my research is the influence of bio-psychosocial factors on employment and work, including stress, chronic disease, and vulnerable worker populations. Together with Dr. Craig Ewart of Syracuse University, I was coinvestigator on an RO1 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute entitled Project Heart, a study of cardiovascular risk factors in working adolescents. This study has shed light on changing behavior and promoting wellbeing after heart attack, anger in young workers and the effects of job control, dissatisfaction, and support, as well as the effects of stress, neighborhood disorder, social competence, and the development of hypertension and metabolic syndrome. I have participated on several research grants related to worker health, including an interdisciplinary study to identify the factors that predict workplace violence among healthcare professionals and the associated physical, mental health, and work-related outcomes such as retention of nursing personnel. A paper on the SAFE Program at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore has been submitted. My ongoing research involves working with an interdisciplinary team to conduct outcome evaluations of the program at Marian House, a Baltimore nonprofit organization that provides a structured living environment, education, employment readiness, and job placement for homeless and formerly incarcerated women.

Honors and Awards

Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council, 1997-2000, 2008-2016

Delta Omega, 2008

Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1997

National Research Service Award (Nursing), 1987

NIOSH ERC Predoctoral Fellowship, 1982-1987

Maryland Occupational Health Nurse of the Year, 1985

Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Fellowship in Primary Care, 1979-1980

  • environmental health sciences
  • adolescents and young working adults
  • occupational stress
  • cardiovascular disease risk
  • return to work
  • workplace violence
  • health promotion and disease prevention
  • homelessness


  • Ceryes CA, Flamm L, Fitzgerald S. Investigating the occupational challenges of corner store workers operating in baltimore city food deserts. Workplace Health Saf. 2017 Feb; 65(2): 92.28195830.
  • Ewart CK, Elder GJ, Jorgensen RS, Fitzgerald ST. The role of agonistic striving in the association between cortisol and high blood pressure. Psychosom Med. 2017 May; 79(4): 416-425. PMCID: PMC541340028198751.
  • Adams M, Fitzgerald S, Holbrook D. Connecting hispanic women in baltimore to the mercy medical center sexual assault forensic Examiners/Forensic nurse examiners program: A preliminary assessment of service utilization and community awareness. J Forensic Nurs. 2016 Jul-Sep; 12(3): 104-110.27428791.
  • Sabri B, St Vil NM, Campbell JC, Fitzgerald S, Kub J, Agnew J. Racial and ethnic differences in factors related to workplace violence victimization. West J Nurs Res. 2015 Feb; 37(2): 180-196. PMCID: PMC416976424658287.
  • Maher A, Bower K, Fitzgerald ST. White house executive order protects transgender workers in the federal government. Workplace Health Saf. 2014 Dec; 62(12): 528-20141118-04.25486682.