Karen Fitzhugh has a BA in Psychology; MA in Educational Psychology; and PhD in Special Education and Educational Psychology. Fitzhugh has served on the board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) for six years and founded Government Relations Committee. She is also a member of the board of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. Since 2004, she has served the therapeutic school industry as both a Head of School and a Senior Vice President. Prior to entering the therapeutic school realm, Fitzhugh worked in acute psychiatric care services and private practice. Additionally, Fitzhugh has served as the Executive Director for a home for abused, abandoned, and neglected girls and founded a charter school as part of this project.