Susan Fitzpatrick, PhD

Dr. Susan Fitzpatrick is president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. The McDonnell Foundation is one of a limited number of international grant-makers supporting university based research in biological, behavioral, and complex systems sciences through foundation-initiated programs. As president, Dr. Fitzpatrick serves as JSMF’s Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Fitzpatrick joined the James S. McDonnell Foundation in 1993 as the Foundation’s first Program Officer. She was promoted to Program Director in 1997 and to Vice President in 2000. Fitzpatrick is an adjunct associate professor in the department of neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and teaches neuroscience in both lectures and seminars. Dr. Fitzpatrick lectures and writes on issues concerning applications of neuroscience to clinical problems, the translation of cognitive science to educational settings, the role of private philanthropy in the support of scientific research, and on issues related to the public dissemination of and understanding of science. Dr. Fitzpatrick serves on the board of the Ontario Brain Institute, is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Science Council, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Rotman Institute for Philosophy.