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Celia Fisher

Celia Fisher, Ph.Celia FisherD.
Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics
Director, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
Director, HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Institute
Research Lab: Human Development and Social Justice Lab 

Phone: 718-817-3793
Office: Rose Hill Campus: Dealy Hall, Room 117
Currently accepting students and trainees

Keywords: bioethics; research ethics; racial justice; HIV prevention; addiction and drug abuse; substance use and abuse; health disparities; Covid-19; multiculturalism; HIV/AIDS; adolescent health; racial and ethnic minority health; sexual and gender minority health; LGBTQ youth; racial minority youth; social determinants of health; vulnerable populations

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Author of: Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists
Celia Fisher's CV

Celia B. Fisher, PhD, is the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology and the founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the NIDA funded Fordham University HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute. She chaired the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) subcommittee on Research Involving Children, the Ethics Code Revision Task Forces for the American Psychological Association and for the Society for Research in Child Development, and has been a member of other national panels including the National Academies' Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social SciencesNIH Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study, the Data Safety Monitoring Boards for the NIH HEAL Initiative, and the APA/SAMSHA Expert Panel on Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth. Her awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protections, the American Psychological Association 2017 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education, and named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (5th Edition, 2022), has edited 8 edited volumes and published over 300 empirical articles and chapters on the rights and welfare of under-served populations, with a focus on persons at-risk or with HIV and drug abuse and her research has been supported by NIDA, NICHD NIAID, NIAAA, NSF, and NIMHD. She also served as the founding director of the Fordham University Doctoral Program in Applied Developmental Psychology and as cofounding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science. 

Major Research Interests

  • Health disparities, human rights, and identity development in adolescent, racial/ethnic minority and LGBT youth and adult populations
  • HIV/AIDS prevention research ethics
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Covid-19 mental health and vaccine hesitancy
  • Informed consent capacity of healthy and hospitalized children and youth, adults with intellectual disabilities, individuals who use drugs, and those with mental disorders
  • Ethical attitudes and moral values among ethnic minority, LGBT, community workers and socially vulnerable groups
  • Social Justice
  • Research and professional ethics
  • Social implications of genetic testing


Selected Publications

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Yip, T., Feng, Y., Fowle, J. & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Sleep disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic An Investigation of AIAN, Asian, Black, Latinx and White young adults.  Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.

Brown, B., Taylor, J. & Fisher, C.B. (2021).  Mitigating Isolation of People Aging With HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Reports. Volume 136, 394 – 396.

Abadie, R., Fisher, C. B., & Dombrowski, K. (2021). “He’s under oath”: Privacy and Confidentiality views among people who inject drugs enrolled in a study of social networks and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus risk.Journal of empirical research on Human Research Ethics, 1 – 8.  DOI:10.1177/15562646211004411.  

Fisher, C. B., Puri, L. I., Macapagal, K., Feuerstahler, L., Ahn, J. R., & Mustanski, B. (2021). Competence to consent to oral and injectable PrEP trials among adolescent males who have sex with males. AIDS & Behavior, 25, 1606-1618. PMID: 33247336.  DOI:10.1007/s10461-020-03077-9

Sauceda, J. A.,  Dubé, K., Brown, B. Pérez, A. E.,  Rivas, C. E., Evans, D. & Fisher, C. B. (2020). Framing a consent form to improve knowledge and determine how this affects willingness to participate in HIV cure-related research: An experimental survey study. Journal of Empirical Research on Research Ethics. PMCID: PMC8035136. NIHMSID: NIHNSID16500088, PMID: 33307932.

Bragard, E. Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B. & Fisher, C. B. (2020). Association of CAI Vulnerability and Sexual Minority Victimization Distress Among Adolescent Men Who Have Sex With Men.  Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.  

Pasipanodya, E., Kohli, M., Fisher, C. B. , Moore, D., Curtis, B. (2020). Perceived risks and amelioration of harm in research using mobile technology to support antiretroviral therapy adherence in the context of methamphetamine use: A focus group study among minorities living with HIV. Harm Reduction Journal. 17(1), 1-11.  DOI: 10.1186/s12954-020-00384-1

Fisher, C. B., Bragard, E. & Bloom, R. (2020). Ethical considerations in HIV eHealth intervention research: Implications for informational risk on recruitment, data maintenance, and consent procedures. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2020 May 2. PMID: 32358768 PMCID: PMC726331. doi: 10.1007/s11904-020-00489-z 

Hubach, R.D., O’Neil, A.M., Stowe, M., Giano, Z., Curtis, B., & Fisher, C.B. (2020). “Out here the rainbow has mud on it”: Perceived confidentiality risks of mobile-technology-based EMA to assess high risk behaviors among rural MSM. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Bragard, E. Fisher, C. B. & Curtis, B. L. (2019). “They know what they are getting into:” Researchers confront the benefits and challenge of online recruitment for HIV research. Ethics & Behavior. PMID: 33041608 PMCID: PMC7539627. DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2019.1692663

Nelson, K. M., Carey, M. P., & Fisher, C, B. (2019). Is guardian permission a barrier to online sexual health research among adolescent males interested in sex with males? The Journal of Sex Research. 56, 593-603. PMID: 29952665 PMCID: PMC6310663. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1481920

Fisher, C. B. (2019). Providing puberty suppression treatment for transgender youth: What constitutes competence? American Journal of Bioethics, 19(7):68-69. PMID: 31237500 PMCID: PMC6746416. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2019.1618949.

Fletcher FE, Rice WS, Ingram LA, Fisher, C. B. (2019). Ethical Challenges Related to Conducting Qualitative Research with African American Women Living with HIV in the South: Lessons from the Field. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved Bioethics Supplement Issue (JHCPU 30.4 Suppl), 116 - 129. PMID: 31735725 PMCID: PMC7509837 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2019.0122

Pearson, C. R. Parker, M., Zhou, C., Donald, C., Fisher, C. B. (2019). A Culturally Tailored Research Ethics Training Curriculum for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Randomized Comparison Trial. Critical Public Health, 29, 27-39. Published online Feb, 2018. PMID: 30613127 PMCID: PMC6320230. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2018.1434482

Gray, A., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). Surveillance Studies Involving HIV Testing Are Needed: Will At-Risk Youth Participate? Health Psychology, PMID: 31512922 PMCID: PMC6901740. doi:10.1037/hea0000804

Macapagal, K., Bettin, E., Matson, M., Kraus, A., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B. (2019) Measuring discomfort in health research relative to everyday events and routine care: An application to sexual and gender minority youth. Journal Adolescent Health, 63, 1 – 8. PMID: 30612810 PMCID: PMC6478526. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.10.293

Matson, M. Macapagal, K ,Kraus, A. Coventry, R. & Bettin, E. & Fisher, C.B. & Mustanski,B. (2019). Sexual and Gender Minority Youth’s Perspectives on Sharing De-identified Data in Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Research. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16, 1 – 11ISSN: 1868-9884 PMID: 31890053 PMCID: PMC6936765.

Parker, M., Pearson, C., Donald, C., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). Beyond the Belmont Principles: A community-based approach to developing an indigenous ethics model and curriculum for training health researchers working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. American Journal of Community Psychology. 64, 9 – 20. online July 2019. PMID: 31355974 PMCID: PMC6750973.

Abadie, R., Brown, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). “Money helps”: People who inject drugs and their perceptions of financial compensation and its ethical implications. Ethics & Behavior, 29, 607-620. PMID: 31579222  PMCID: PMC6774386. doi:10.1080/10508422.2018.1535976

Abadie, R., Goldenberg, S., Welch-Lazoritz, M., Fisher, C. B. (2018). Establishing trust in HIV/HCV research among people who inject drugs (PWID): Insights from empirical research. PLoS ONE, 13 (12). e0208410. PMID: 30517202 PMCID: PMC6281254. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208410

Chen, D. Matson, M.; Macapagal, K; Johnson, E K., Rosoklija, I., Finlayson, C., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B. (2018 online). Attitudes Toward Fertility and Reproductive Health among Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Adolescents. Journal Adolescent Health. PMID: 29503031PMCID: PMC6067953. 

Clark, D. B., Fisher, C. B., Bookheimer, S., Brown, S. A., Evans, J. H., Hopfer, C., Hudziak, J., Montoya, I., Murray, M., Pfefferbaum, A., Yurgelun-Todd, D.  (2018). Biomedical ethics and clinical oversight in multisite observational neuroimaging studies with children and adolescents: The ABCD experience. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Aug;32:143-154, PMID: 28716389; PMCID: PMC5745294; NIHMS893252; DOI: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.06.005 

Fisher, C.B., Fried, A. L., Desmond, M., Macapagal, K., & Mustanski, B. (2018). Perceived barriers to HIV prevention services for transgender youth. LGBT Health. Aug/Sep;5(6):350-358. PMCID: PMC6139078 . NIHMSID: NIHMS953073. PMID: 29546468. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2017.0098. 

Fisher, C. B. & Layman, D. M. (2018). Genomics, big data, and broad consent: A new ethics frontier for prevention science. Prevention Science, 19(7), 871-879, PMID: 30145751 PMCID: PMC6182378. Also included in Phillips, K. A., Yamamoto, D, P., & Racz, L. (eds.). Total exposure health: An introduction. CRC Press.

Fisher, C.B., Puri, L. I.  Macapagal, K., & Mustanski, B. (2018) “Free Testing and PrEP without Outing Myself to Parents:” Motivation to Participate in Oral and Injectable PrEP Clinical Trials among Adolescent Men who have Sex with Men. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200560. PMID: 3004845 PMCID: PMC6059443.

Fisher, C. B., Fried, A. L., Puri, L. I., Macapagal, K. & Mustanski, B. (2018). Patient-provider communication barriers and facilitators to HIV and STI preventive services for adolescent MSM. Aids & Behavior, 22, 3417-3428. PMID: 29546468. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2081-x

Fletcher, F. E., Fisher, C. B., Buchberg, M.K., Floyd, B., Hotton, A., Ejioba, A.,& Donenberg, G. R. (2018). “Where Did This [PrEP] Come From?” African American Mother/Daughter Attitudes Towards Adolescent Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Utilization and Clinical Trial Participation. Journal of Empirical Research on Research Ethics, 13(2), 173-184.  PMID: 29781706 DOI: 10.1177/1556264618755919

Macapagal, K., Moskowitz, D., Li, D. H., Carrion, A., Bettin, E., Fisher, C. B. & Mustanski, B. (2018). Hookup app use, sexual behavior, and sexual health among adolescent men who have sex with men in the United States. Journal Adolescent Health, 62, 708-715.  MCID: PMC5967650 NIHMSID: NIHMS934912 PMID: 29784114. DOI: 

Mustanski, B., Macapagal, K., Thomann, M., Feinstein, B. A., Newcomb, M. E., Motley, D.  & Fisher, C. B. (2018). Parents' Perspectives about Adolescent Boys' Involvement in Biomedical HIV Prevention Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 46, 1 – 13. PubMed: 28875351. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-1035-0.

Nelson, K. M., Carey, M.P. & Fisher, C. B. (2018). Is guardian permission a barrier to online sexual health research among adolescent males interested in sex with males. The Journal of Sex Research. PMID: 29952665. PMCID: PMC6310663.

Overstreet, N., Okuyan, M., & Fisher, C. B, (2018).  Perceived Risks and Benefits in Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Research: Listening to the Voices of HIV-Positive African American Women. Journal of Empirical Research on Research Ethics. 13, 511-524. PMCID: PMC6231959 PMID: 30183457. NIHMSID: NIHMS1503425. doi: 10.1177/1556264618797557

Tamir, H., Krupp, K., Stephens, D. P., Zohourian, T., Dorcius, P. M., Arun A., Fisher, C. B., & Madhivanan, P. (2018).  Addressing Prevention among HIV-Negative Women in PMTCT Programs in South India. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 29, 45-52. PMID: 29174348. PMCID: PMC5742296. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.10.006.


Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations

Fisher, Celia B. (2019). "Informed Consent for Suicide Prevention Trials." PRIMR 2019 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, Boston Massachusetts.

Fisher, Celia B. (2018). "Psychology and Ethics: Strengthening Diverse Relationships Across Psychology." American Psychological Association Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Webinar.

Fisher, Celia B. (2018). “Free Testing and PrEP Without Outing Myself to Parents: Barriers and Facilitators for Oral and Injectable PrEP Clinical Trial Participation Among AMSM.” International AIDS Conference.

Fisher, Celia B. (2017). “Experiences Seeking Health Care Among Transgender Adults and Youth.” Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Fisher, Celia B. (2017). "Goodness-of-Fit Ethics: Theory and Methods for Enhancing the Responsible Conduct of HIV and Drug Abuse Research." Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute.

Fisher, Celia B. (2017). “Human Rights and Involvement of Mental Health Practitioners in Death Penalty Cases.” Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Fisher, Celia B. (2017). “Rethinking Individual and Group Harms in the Age of Genomics and Big Data.” Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai IRB Retreat.

Fisher, Celia B. (2016). “Ethics & Social Justice in Health Research Involving Vulnerable Adolescents.” OHRP CITI Research Community Forum.

Fisher, Celia B. (2016). “Moral Stress Among Frontline Workers Conducting Community-Based Drug Use Research.” Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute.

Fisher, Celia B. (2015). “Doing Good Well: The Ethical Conduct of Clinical Psychology.” Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Fisher, Celia B. (2015). “Ethics & Social Justice in Research Involving Vulnerable Populations.” Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.


  • American Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education (2017)
  • Health Improvement Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, 2003
  • Marie Ward Doty Chair and Professor of Psychology, Fordham University, 2003
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Graduate Faculty, New School University, 2004
  • Fellow, Society for the Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 45, American Psychological Association, 2006

Funded Research Projects

HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute

Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute

Primary Investigator: Celia B. Fisher (Fordham University). Supported by NIDA Grant# 1R25DA031608-01.

Now in its eighth year, the Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) is a training grant sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (#1R25DA031608-01, Principal Investigator, Celia B. Fisher, Director Center for Ethics Education). The RETI provides early career investigators in the social, behavioral, medical and public health fields with an opportunity to gain research ethics training. A major function of the RETI is also to conduct institute-funded research on ethical issues in HIV and drug use research. In doing so, RETI addresses the urgent need for HIV investigators who can identify and address ethical issues, engage drug-using and other at-risk communities in the construction and evaluation of population-sensitive research protections, and generate empirical data to inform ethical practice and policies for HIV prevention science. Through their funded Mentored Research Project (MRP), RETI fellows generate empirical data, publish their findings in a variety of high-impact academic journals, and are trained to apply for increasing grant opportunities.

Research Lab: Human Development and Social Justice

HDSJ Lab LogoHuman Development and Social Justice 

The Human Development and Social Justice (HD&SJ) Lab is led by Dr. Celia B. Fisher, Professor in the Fordham University Applied Developmental Psychology program and Director of both the Center for Ethics Education and the NIDA funded HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Institute.

In the HD&SJ lab, our research is at the intersection of developmental science and social justice. We apply developmental theory and research methods, as well as contemporary research ethics frameworks, to examine the experiences that promote equity and wellbeing among under-researched populations. Our current projects focus on issues of stigma, identity, health disparities and the role of personal and systemic experiences in daily life. We explore these experiences within underserved adolescent groups: ethnic minorities, LGBT and individuals with a history of mental health and substance-use conditions. We are committed to conducting and promoting research that enhances the responsible conduct of research by looking at issues such as informed consent, motivations and implications of research participation and facilitators and barriers to health care services


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