Kaitlin Fitzgerald

PhD Candidate Kaitlin Fitgerald.

Kaitlin Fitzgerald

Kaitlin Fitzgerald

M.A. in Communication, 2017
PhD in Communication, Expected Completion: May 2020
University at Buffalo
B.S. in Psychology, 2015
James Madison University

Research Focus

Narrative Influence and Engagement, Entertainment Media Effects

Overview Background Publications Awards



Grizzard, M., Francemone, C.J., Fitzgerald, K., Huang, J., & Ahn, C. (in press). Interdependence of narrative characters: Implications for media theories. Journal of Communication.


Grizzard, M., Fitzgerald, K., Ahn, C., Huang, J., Francemone, C., Walton, J., McAllister, C., & Lewis, R.J. (in press). Narrative retribution and cognitive processing. Communication Research.

Green, M.C., Fitzgerald, K., & Moore, M.M. (2019). Archetypes and narrative processes. Psychological Inquiry, 30(2), 99-102. doi:10.1080/1047840X.2019.1614808

Fitzgerald, K., Paravati, E., Green, M.C., Moore, M.M., & Qian, J. L. (2019). Restorative narratives for health promotion. Health Communication, 1-8. doi:10.1080/10410236.2018.1563032

Grizzard, M., Fitzgerald, K., Francemone, C.J., Ahn, C., Huang, J., Walton, J., McAllister, C., & Eden, A. (2019). Validating the Extended Character Morality Questionnaire. Media Psychology, 1-24. doi:10.1080/15213269.2019.1572523


Carpenter, J., Green, M.C., & Fitzgerald, K. (2019). Mind-reading motivation: individual differences in desire to perspective-take influence narrative processing. Scientific Study of Literature, 8, 211-238. doi:10.1075/ssol.18011.car

Grizzard, M., Huang, J., Ahn, C., Fitzgerald, K., Francemone, C.J., & Walton, J. (2019). The Gordian knot of disposition theory: character morality and liking. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000257

Freedman, G., Green, M. C., Flanagan, M., Fitzgerald, K., & Kaufman, G. (2018). The effect of gender on attributions for women’s anxiety and doubt in a science narrative. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 42, 1-14. doi:10.1177/0361684318754528

Green, M.C., Kaufman, G., Flanagan, M., & Fitzgerald, K. (2017). Self-esteem and public self-consciousness moderate the emotional impact of expressive writing about experiences with bias. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 212-215. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.04.057

Grizzard, M., Huang, J., Fitzgerald, K., Ahn, C., & Chu, H. (2018). Sensing heroes and villains: Character-schema and the disposition formation process. Communication Research, 45, 479–501. doi:10.1177/0093650217699934


Grizzard, M., Huang, J., Weiss, J., Novotny, E., Fitzgerald, K., Chu, H…Ahn, C. (2017). Graphic violence as moral motivator: The effects of graphically violent content in news. Mass Communication and Society, 20, 763-783. doi:10.1080/15205436.2017.1339804

Green, M.C. & Fitzgerald, K. (2017). Fiction as a bridge to action. Invited commentary in response to Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). The distancing-embracing model of the enjoyment of negative emotions in art reception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 29-30. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17001716


Book/Encyclopedia Chapters:


Fitzgerald, K. & Green, M.C. (in press). Stories for good: Transportation into narrative worlds. In J.O. Pawelski & L. Tay (Eds.), The handbook of positive psychology on the arts and humanities: Theory and research. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Green, M.C., Bilandzic, H., Fitzgerald, K., & Paravati, E. (2019). Narrative effects. In M.B. Oliver, A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Handbook of media effects: Advances in theory and research, Fourth Edition. New York, NY: Routledge.

Fitzgerald, K. & Green, M.C. (2017). Narrative persuasion: Effects of transporting stories on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. In F. Hakemulder, M.M. Kuijpers, E.S.H. Tan, K. Balint, & M.M. Doicaru (Eds.), The handbook of narrative absorption (pp. 49-67). Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Green, M.C., & Fitzgerald, K. (2016). Transportation theory. In the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.