Caitlin Fitzgerald




Gender and Family, Sociology of Religion


Caitlin Anne Fitzgerald is a doctoral student in the Sociology department whose research interests focus on the intersection of religion, culture, and health.


Throughout her graduate studies, she hopes to explore questions relating to how religious institutions influence individual well-being and communal flourishing. Additionally, she hopes to study how people with deeply held religious identities navigate organizations that are perceived to be hostile to religion and how these environments influence their well-being.


Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Caitlin worked on multiple large-scale studies including the Mental Health in Congregations Study, the Work and Well-Being in Science International Study, and the National Study of the Catholic Priests. Her previous work focused on faith leaders’ views on collaboration with mental health professionals, religion and mental health among scientists, and Catholic priests’ perceptions of social support.

Caitlin holds a B.A. in Sociology and Politics from The Catholic University of America, summa cum laude.