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Human Development and Social Justice

HDSJ Lab LogoThe 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.

Main research interests include:

  • Health disparities among racial/ethnic and sexual/gender minority populations
  • Understanding and preventing HIV and substance use risk
  • Ethics and social justice in research and professional practice
  • Sexual health and wellbeing among adolescents and young adults
  • Developmental trajectories for mental health and recovery
  • Development within the context of social media and other new technologies

Recently Published Articles from the Lab

Bragard, E., & Fisher, C. B. (2022). Associations between sexting motivations and consequences among adolescent girlsJournal of Adolescence. http://doi.org/10.1002/jad.12000 

Fisher, C. B., Gray, A., & Sheck, I. (2022). COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Hesitancy among Racially Diverse Parents in the United States. Vaccines, 10(1), 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10010031

Fisher, C. B., Tao, X., Liu, T., Giorgi, S., & Curtis, B. L. (2021). COVID-Related Victimization, Racial Bias and Employment and Housing Disruption Increase Mental Health Risk Among US Asian, Black and Latinx Adults. Frontiers in public health, 1625. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.772236 

Layman, D. M., & Fisher, C. B. (2022). Profiles of Psychological Strengths on Symptom Distress, Recovery, and Quality of Life Among Young Adults with a History of Adolescent Psychiatric HospitalizationCommunity mental health journal, 10.1007/s10597-022-00936-8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-022-00936-8

Tao, X., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Exposure to social media racial discrimination and mental health among adolescents of color. Journal of youth and adolescence, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01514-z  

Gray, A. & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Predictors of contraceptive self-efficacy and condom use among young Black women who have sex with women and menJournal of Bisexualityhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15299716.2021.1971592

Human Development & Social Justice Lab group picture
Human Development & Social Justice Lab group picture