Grainne Fitzsimons


George C. Lamb, Jr. University Professorship of Business Administration

Academic Area: Management and Organizations

Teaching / Research Interests

Interpersonal Relationships, Self Regulation, Motivation

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Gráinne M. Fitzsimons is the George C. Lamb Jr. University Professorship of Business Administration, and professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. Professor Fitzsimons received her Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University in 2004. Prior to coming to Duke in 2010, she was on the faculty at Stanford and the University of Waterloo. 

She conducts research on self-regulation and interpersonal relationships. She publishes her work in academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science

In 2016, Professor Fitzsimons and her colleagues received the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Wegner Theoretical Innovation Award for their Psychological Review article on the interpersonal nature of goal pursuit, Transactive Goal Dynamics.  She has also received two early career awards: The Caryl E. Rusbult Young Investigator Award, from the Relationship Researchers Interest Group, for her early contribution to the field of interpersonal relationships, and the SAGE Young Scholar Award, from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, for her early contribution to the broader field of social psychology. 

Prof. Fitzsimons teaches the core Daytime MBA course in Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations, and elective courses in Leadership and Negotiations. In 2016, she won the Award for Excellence in Teaching in a Core Course in the Daytime MBA Program.