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Celia B. Fisher, PhD

Celia FisherCelia B. Fisher, PhD, is the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the NIDA funded Fordham University Training Institute on HIV Prevention Research Ethics.
Dr. Fisher is the founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science, the author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (4th edition, 2017, Sage Publications) and the co-editor of eight books, including The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities (2006, Sage Publications) and Research with High-Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law (2009, APA Publications). She has published over 200 articles and chapters with colleagues and students. Her research lab addresses health issues, environmental health ethics, social implications of genetic testing, HIV prevention research ethics and ethical attitudes and well-being of vulnerable populations, including ethnic minority youth and families, active drug users, college students at risk for drinking problems, LGBT youth and adults with impaired consent capacity. She currently holds grants from NIMHD, NICHD and NIDA. Dr. Fisher has received numerous awards for her contribution to ethics including the American Psychological Association's 2017 Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education Award, the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection and was named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education. She has also served as Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency's Human Studies Review Board, the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP; Subcommittee on Children's Research), the American Psychological Association's Ethics Code Task Force, the New York State Licensing Board for Psychology, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Common Rule Task Force, and the American Public Health Association Ethics Code Committee. She is a member of the external advisory board of the NIH Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, and served on the Consensus Panel of the American Psychological Association Therapeutic Responses to Gender Nonconformity, Gender Dysphoria, and Sexual Orientation Distress in Children and Adolescents, the National Academies' Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the IOM Committee on Ethical Review and Oversight Issues in Research Involving Standard of Care Interventions, the IOM Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children.

Elise Bragard

Elise BragardElise Bragard is a first-year doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at Fordham. Her research interests center around adolescent female development, sexuality, and online behaviors. Elise earned a Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she wrote her thesis on girls' friendship and social media use. She also holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College and formerly worked as a middle school drama teacher. Elise is from England and received her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. Elise is currently working with Dr. Fisher on a study about the ethics of doing online human subjects research with hidden or stigmatized populations. She is conducting a qualitative content analysis of interviews with researchers and IRB chairs around online sampling, recruitment, informed consent, data protection, and informational risk.

Aaliyah Gray

Aaliyah GrayAaliyah is a second year doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Program at Fordham University. She is interested in bringing a multicultural and social justice perspective to preventative sexual health programs for vulnerable sexual and ethnic minority adolescents and young adults. Working with Dr. Fisher she received a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) to support her masters research on Predictors of Sexual Health Among Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who have Sex with Men. She is currently working on a study funded by Dr. Fisher's NIMHD grant assessing barriers and facilitators to participation in surveillance studies involving HIV testing among adolescent males who have sex with males. Abstracts of her research have been accepted for presentation in 2019 at the Society For Research in Child Development and the American Psychological Association, Alliyah also serves as a summer research assistant for Dr. Fisher's NIDA funded HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute. Aaliyah earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stetson University with concentrations in Sociology and Gender Studies.

Deborah Layman, MA

Deborah LaymanDeborah joined the lab and started her doctoral studies in the Applied Developmental Psychology in Fall 2017. Her major research interest includes the implications of genetic and other biological research on the process of informed consent, developmental psychopathology, the context for supporting health and well-being. During her first year, she co-authored a publication with Dr. Fisher on the implications of broad consent and the evolving role of Big Data for prevention scientists. She also assisted with Dr. Fisher's NICHD grant to make revisions to training module for American Indian and Alaska Native community researchers to include upcoming changes to the federal regulations on the ethical conduct of human subjects' research. Deborah is currently working on a project with Dr. Fisher examining adolescent MSM (AMSM) willingness to participate in HIV biomedical PrEP trials and factors which influence their decision to participate. In addition, Deborah is working on her thesis project examining developmental strengths and vulnerabilities that support or hinder well-being. Prior to joining the lab, Deborah earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver and her bachelors in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Deborah is returning to academia after working several years on multi-disciplinary research teams conducting applied social research and evaluation. She worked four years as a Senior Researcher at OMNI Institute and has been a Research Scientists at the Office of Mental Health/ Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene since moving to New York in 2010.

Alexa McKnight

Alexa McKnightAlexa is a student studying to complete her MA in the accelerated Master of Ethics and Society program, which she was accepted into in the Spring of her junior year of undergraduate at Fordham University. In the Spring of 2018, Alexa graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor's degree in General Science and Bioethics. Her interests include bioethics, with a specific interest in assisted reproductive technologies and stratified access to these technologies by sexual and ethnic minority populations. Currently, she is developing interactive web based teaching modules for the NIDA HIV and Drug Abuse Research Ethics Training Institute and working on data anylses for studies funded by grants awarded to Dr. Fisher.

Rimah Jaber, MA

Rimah JaberRimah is the Interim Director of Academic Programs and Program Administrator of the NIDA-Sponsored Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Center for Ethics Education Ethics & Society Blog. Rimah received her BS in Biology from John Carroll University and her MA in Ethics and Society from Fordham University.

Past Doctoral Graduates

Tobi Abramson
Dolores Benn
Mark Brennan
Cheryl Camenzuli
Christine Cea
Maria Fracasso
Denise Fyrberg
Charlotte Gallagher
Robyn Glover
Barbara Lisa Johnson
Crystal Matthews
Carol Olsen
Matthew Oransky
Colleen O' Sullivan
Roberta Paley
Jean Marie Rau
James Reid
Joann Reinhardt
Rosie Sood
Yvette Martens Stowkowski
Patricia Sullivan
Janet Szlyk
Eileen Treacy
Scyatta Wallace