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Celia Fisher, Ph.D.

Celia Fisher, Ph.D., is the Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham.

Fordham’s faculty boasts some of the leading scholars in a range of fields—intellectual leaders who enrich the University with their teaching and advance the cause of the human family with their research.

Celia Fisher, for example, is not only the Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham. She also serves as chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Human Subjects Review Board. The board, which oversees industry-sponsored research regarding the safety and labeling of pesticides, advises the EPA on issues related to the scientific and ethical conduct of subjects research.

“There’s an investment on the part of the industry in having this kind of research approved,” Fisher said. “And the EPA is interested in getting the information they need and making sure that it’s collected in a way that’s ethical.”

In her own research, Fisher has focused on informed consent procedures and disclosure issues, and she’s earned several federal grants for studies to improve research protections for vulnerable populations, including children, adults with cognitive disabilities and drug users who have HIV.

Inside and outside of the classroom, Fisher sees her role as representing the University’s defining values.

“I want to reflect Fordham as it is,” she said, “a university that values education and honesty and serving the public.”



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