Meet the Lab
Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., is the Marie Ward Doty Endowed University Chair in Ethics and Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. She currently directs the NIDA funded Fordham University Training Institute on HIV Prevention Research Ethics.
Dr. Fisher is Chair of the Ethics Code Task Force for the Society for Research in Child Development, a member of the Ethics Code Task Force for the American Psychological Association and the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the NIH/NIDA HEALing Communities Study. She has 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 served as a member of the external advisory board of the NIH Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, 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.
A founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science, Dr. Fisher is the author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (4th edition, 2017, Sage Publications); 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); and over 200 theoretical and empirical publications in the areas of ethics in medical and social science research and practice and life-span development. Dr. Fisher is well-known for her federally funded research programs focusing on ethical issues and well-being of vulnerable populations, including ethnic minority youth and families, persons with substance use disorders, college students at risk for drinking problems, LGBT youth, and adults with impaired consent capacity. Her recent work addresses ethical issues in psychiatric and social-behavioral genomic research. She received 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. Recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education. Dr. Fisher is currently a member of the Data Monitoring Board and NIH/NIDA HEALing Study (HCS)
Elise Bragard, M.A.
Elise Bragard is a fourth-year student and doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at Fordham. Her research interests center around sexual development and behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults, sexting, sexual coercion, and risk behaviors. Elise earned a Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY. 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 recently completed her applied research practicum at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, working with Dr. Brenda Crutis and her team on an ecological momentary assessment study about daily loneliness and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Master’s Thesis Title
The Role of Sexual Subjectivity and Peer Influences on Sexting Consequences Among Adolescent Girls
Awards and Honors
2021 | IASR 2021 Conference Award Winner: Posters
2020 - Present | Co-Chair, APA Division 35 Committee on Adolescent Girls @APATeenGirls
2020 | Fordham Three Minute Thesis Competition – 1st Place & People’s Choice Award
2019 | Society for Prevention Research Student Travel Award
2019 & 2020 | Fordham GSAS Student Support Grant
2019 | Fordham Summer Graduate Assistantship
Bragard, E., & Fisher, C. B. (2022). Associations between sexting motivations and consequences among adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescence. http://doi.org/10.1002/jad.12000
Bragard, E., Fisher, C. B., & Curtis, B. L. (2019). “They know what they are getting into:” Researchers confront the benefits and challenges of online recruitment for HIV research. Ethics & Behavior, 1-15.
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.
Fisher, C.B., Bragard, E., & Bloom, R. (2020). Ethical Considerations in HIV eHealth Intervention Research: Implications for Informational Risk in Recruitment, Data Maintenance, and Consent Procedures. Current HIV/AIDS Reports.
Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Risks and Benefits of Adolescent Girls’ Participation in Online Sexting Survey Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-021-02003-x
Bragard, E. (2021, June 1). Loneliness and alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. Center for Digital Health, University of Pennsylvania [Invited Talk].
Bragard, E., & Fisher, C. B. (2020, August 6-9). Sexual agency and peer influences on perceived sexting consequences among adolescent girls. APA Convention, Virtual Conference. https://convention.apa.org/
Bragard, E., & Fisher, C. B. (2020, November 6-9). Sexual Subjectivity, Peer Influences, and Sexting Motivations on Sexting Consequences among Adolescent Girls. SSSS 2020 Global Sex Research Virtual Conference
Bragard, E., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2020, August 6-9). Association of CAI Vulnerability and Sexual Minority Victimization Distress Among Adolescent Men Who Have Sex With Men (AMSM). APA Convention, Virtual Conference. https://convention.apa.org/
Himelein-Wachowiak, M., Giorgi, S., Kwarteng, A., Schriefer, D., Smitterberg, C., Yadeta, K., Bragard, E., and Curtis, B. (2021, June 7). Getting "clean" from nonsuicidal self-injury: Addiction language and experiences on the subreddit r/selfharm. Abstract presented at the 2nd Workshop on Data for the Wellbeing of the Most Vulnerable, International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM).
Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C.B. (2021, Aug). Risks and benefits of adolescent girls’ participation in online sexting survey research. APA Convention, Virtual Conference. https://convention.apa.org/
Aaliyah Gray, M.A.
Aaliyah is a fifth-year student and doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at Fordham University. Her research interests focus on sexual development and preventative sexual health research among sexual and ethnic minority adolescents and emerging adults. In 2018, Aaliyah received a grant from the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (GLMA) to support her masters research on Predictors of Sexual Health Among Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who Have Sex with Men. She also previously worked 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. Currently, Aaliyah is collaborating with Dr. Brenda Curtis at the National Institute on Drug Abuse examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance abuse outcomes. Additionally, she is working with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Adolescent Girls data at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. She is also beginning to develop her dissertation on HPV vaccine hesitancy and acceptability among Black mothers with daughters ages 9–17 years old. Aaliyah earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stetson University with concentrations in Sociology and Gender Studies.
Master’s Thesis Title
Predictors of Sexual Health in Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who Have Sex with Men
Awards and Honors
2021 | APA Division 45 Student Scholarship for Conference Attendance
2021 | APA Division 38 SfHP Graduate Student Research in General Health Psychology Award
2021 | PSI CHI Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant
2020 - Present | Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
2020 | Fordham University Student Support Grant
2019 | APF Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship
2019 | APA Science Directorate Student Travel Award
2019 | Fordham University Psychology Student Development Fund
2019 | SPR ECPN Annual Meeting Travel Award
2019 | Fordham University Student Support Grant
2018–2019 | GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Lesbian Health Fund
Fisher, C. B., Gray, A., & Sheck, I. (2022). COVID-19 pediatric vaccine hesitancy among racially diverse parents in the United States Vaccines (MDPI Journal), 10(1), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/
Gray, A. & Fisher, C. B. (2022) Determinants of COVID-19 vaccine uptake in adolescents 12 – 17 years old: Examining pediatric vaccine hesitancy among racially diverse parents in the United States. Frontiers in Public Health: Children and Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.844310
Gray, A., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Predictors of contraceptive self-efficacy and condom use among young Black women who have sex with women and men. Journal of Bisexuality. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15299716.2021.1971592
Gray, A., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Independent and intersectional effects of racial and heterosexist medical mistrust on medical visit delay among young Black women who have sex with women and men [Under review].
Gray, A., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2020). Surveillance studies involving HIV testing are needed: Will at-risk youth participate? Health Psychology, 39(1), 21–28. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31512922/
Gray, A., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). The intersectionality of racial and heterosexist medical mistrust among Black women who have sex with women and men. World Association for Sexual Health, Virtual.
Gray, A., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Predictors of contraceptive self-efficacy and condom use among young Black women who have sex with women and men. International Academy of Sex Research, Virtual.
Gray, A., & Fisher, C. B. (2021). Psychosocial factors influencing contraceptive self-efficacy among Black bisexual women. American Psychological Association Division 45 Research Conference, Virtual.
Gray, A. & Fisher, C.B. (2019). Sexual Minority Identity and Sexual Health Among Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women Who Have Sex with Men. GLMA Nursing Summit, New Orleans, IL.
Gray, A. & Fisher, C.B. (2019). Sexual Minority Identity and Sexual Health Among Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who Have Sex with Men. GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health, New Orleans, IL.
Gray, A., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). Motivation to Participate in HIV Testing Research Among Adolescent Males who Have Sex with Males. American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Gray, A., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). Facilitators and Barriers to Recruitment of Sexual Minority Male Adolescents into Surveillance Research Involving HIV Testing. Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA.
Gray, A. (2019). Predictors of Sexual Health in Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who Have Sex with Men. National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD.
Gray, A., Macapagal, K., Mustanski, B., & Fisher, C. B. (2019). Surveillance Studies Involving HIV Testing Are Needed: Will Sexual Minority Adolescent Males Participate? Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
Deborah Layman, M.A.
Deborah joined the lab and started her doctoral studies in the Applied Developmental Psychology in Fall 2017. Her major research interest includes the implications of the context for supporting recovery from mental health conditions, social justice, and mental health stigma, and genetic and other biological research on the process of informed consent.
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 modules for American Indian and Alaska Native community researchers to include the federal regulations changes on the ethical conduct of human subjects' research. Deborah is close to publishing findings from her thesis project and working on publishing her practicum project as well as developing a dissertation proposal. Her proposal is entitled, Trajectory Profiles of Risk & Resiliency on Developmental Outcomes Among Transition-Age Youth Receiving Behavioral Health Services.
Her thesis project examined psychological strengths and vulnerabilities that support or hinder well-being for young adults with a history of adolescent psychiatric hospitalization. This study used online questionnaires administered to a sample of young adults who self-report a psychiatric hospitalization during adolescence to investigate the role of self-determination (i.e., need for autonomy, relatedness, and competence), self-stigma, and identity formation on the mental health status and quality of life. She was a winner of the 2019 Association of Psychological Science's student grant competition for this study. During her third year at Fordham, Deborah completed a research practicum project with a community-based organization providing wrap-around care for low-income youth. Findings indicate that counseling services were associated with decreases in problem behavior, depressive symptoms, and increases in strengths. She was a winner of the 2021 top Student Poster for Division 12 of American Psychological Association Annual Convention for her practicum study. In 2020, Deborah also won a Love of Learning award from the Honor Society of Ph Kappa Phi.
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 returned 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.
Master’s Thesis Title
Developmental strengths and vulnerabilities and mental health among young adults with a history of adolescent inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
Awards and Honors
2021 | Winner of the Top Student Poster for Division 12 of American Psychological Association Annual Convention
2019 - Present | Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
2020 | Winner of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award
2019 | Winner of the Association of Psychological Science Student Caucus Student Grant Competition
2019 | Fordham Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student Support Grant
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 Hospitalization. Community mental health journal, 10.1007/s10597-022-00936-8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-022-00936-8
Fisher, C. B., & Layman, D. M. (2020). Genomics, big data, and broad consent: A New Ethics Frontier for Prevention Science. In K. Phillips, D., Yamamoto, D., & L. Racz, (Eds.). Total Exposure Health: An Introduction, (pp. 307-322). Boca Raton, Fl: Taylor & Francis Group.
Fisher, C., & Layman, D. (2018). Genomics, big data, and broad consent: A new ethics frontier for prevention science. Prevention Science, 19(7), 871-879.
Fisher, C.B. & Layman, D. M. (2019, March). Genomics, Big Data, and Broad Consent: A New Frontier for Developmental Scientists. Poster session presented Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.
Layman, D.M. & Fisher, C.B. (2019, August). Genomics, Big Data, and Broad Consent: A New Frontier for Psychologists. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Layman, D. M. & Fisher, C.B. (2020, August). Determinants of Life Satisfaction in Adults with a History of Adolescent Psychiatric Hospitalization. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Virtual Conference.
Layman, D., Brown, J., Hoyt, L., Leckman-Westin, E., Mirzo,V. , Guzman, J., Khan, F., (2021, August). Predictors of Mental Health Treatment Engagement and Mental Health Outcomes among Low-Income BIYOC. [Poster session] American Psychological Association 2020 Online Annual Convention.
Xiangyu Tao, M.A.
Xiangyu is a third-year doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at Fordham. Her research interests center around racial/ethnic discrimination and substance abuse, especially alcohol use and non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of color. She has recently finished her master’s thesis on social media racial justice engagment, online racial discrimination, and mental health among youth of color. Xiangyu is now working at the National Institute on Drug Abuse with Dr. Brenda Crutis and her team examining the impact of perceived control over COVID-19 risk on substance use for her applied research practicum. Xiangyu earned a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on alcohol use and marital quality in older adults, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Master's Thesis Title
Social Media Use, Social Media Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, and Mental Health Among BIPOC Adolescents During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Awards and Honors
2022 - Present | Student Support Grant - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Fordham University
2022 | Summer Graduate Assistantship - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Fordham University
2020 | Fordham Summer Graduate Assistantship
Tao, X., & Fisher, C. B. (2022). Exposure to social media racial discrimination and mental health among adolescents of color. Journal of youth and adolescence, 54, 30-44. PMCID: PMC8535107. PMID: 34686952. https://doi.org/10.1007/
Fisher, C. B., Tao, X., Yip, T. (2022). The effects of COVID-19 victimization distress and racial bias on mental health among AIAN, Asian, Black, and Latinx young adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/
Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C.B. (2021). Risks and benefits of adolescent girls’ participation in online sexting survey research. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-021-02003-x
Tao, X., & Fisher, C.B. (in press). Social media use, social media racial discrimination, and mental health among adolescents of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
Fisher, C.B., Tao, X., Liu, T., Giorgi, S., & Curtis, B. (2021). Covid-related victimization, racial bias and employment and housing disruption increase mental health risk among U.S. Asian, Black and Latinx adults. Frontiers in Public Health, 1625. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.772236
Azhar, S., Tao, X., Jokhakar, V., & Fisher, C. B. (2021) Barriers and facilitators to participation in long-acting injectable PrEP research trials for MSM, transgender women, and gender-nonconforming people of color. AIDS Education and Prevention, 33, 465 – 482. https://doi.org/10.1521/aeap.
Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C.B. (2021, Aug.) Risks and Benefits of Adolescent Girls’ Participation in Online Sexting Survey Research. APA Convention, Virtual Conference.
Fisher, C. B., Tao, X., & Yip, T. (2021, Aug.) The Effect of Coronavirus Victimization Distress and Coronavirus Racial Bias on Mental Health Among AIAN, Asian, Black, and Latinx Young Adults. APA Convention, Virtual Conference.
Tao, X., Yip, T., & Fisher, C.B. (2021, Jul.) Substance Use among Black and Non-Hispanic White Adults During Pandemic. The 6th Biennial APA Division 45 Research Conference, Virtual Conference.
Azhar, S., Tao, X., & Fisher, C. (2021, Jan.). “Facilitators and Barriers to Long-Acting Injectable PrEP Utilization for MSM and Transgender Women of Color in the US.” Society for Social Work and Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Azhar, S., Tao, X., & Fisher, C. (2020, Nov.). “Injectable PrEP for MSM and Transgender Women of Color in the US.” Sexuality & Social Work Conference, Mumbai, India
Fisher, C. B., Tao, X., & Yip, T. (2020). Mental Health and Racial Justice in the Time of COVID-19. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 22nd Annual Conference
Emily Berinato, Research Assistant
Emily Berinato is a junior at Fordham University Rose Hill pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Psychology and English. She enjoys being involved in FUEMS (Fordham University Emergency Medical Service) on campus as well as being an orientation leader and peer mentor for pre-health students. She joins the HDSJ Lab as the research assistant. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Jonathan Plasencia, Research Assistant
Jonathan Plasencia is a fourth-year undergraduate Psychology and Anthropology major at Fordham University. Broadly, he is interested in exploring the role of stigma and mental health among marginalized groups, and the influence of intersectional and multicultural identities among marginalized LGBTQ+ youth through the lens of developmental psychology. Furthermore, he is interested in research examining ways to support adolescents access mental health resources. Currently, he is assisting with two research projects in the HDSJ Lab. One project is exploring young adults’ retrospective perceptions of their adolescent psychiatric hospitalization and how themes from these experiences relate to well-being in young adulthood. The second project is using archival data to examine the psychosocial developmental trajectories of transition-age youth receiving intensive mental health treatment.
Rimah Jaber, M.A.
Rimah is the 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
Barbara Lisa Johnson
Colleen O' Sullivan
Jean Marie Rau
Yvette Martens Stowkowski