Skip to main content

Meet the Lab

Celia B. Fisher, PhD

Celia Fisher

Celia B. Fisher, PhD, 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 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)

Rachel Bloom, MS

Photo of Rachel BloomRachel Bloom is a second-year doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program concentrating in Health, Illness, and Well-Being Across the Lifespan. Her current projects include her Master's thesis on advance care planning engagement among children of people with dementia and an analysis of intersectional risk in healthcare in the wake of COVID-19. Other major research interests include enhancing well-being in dementia, medical decision-making, the lifespan developmental impact of adult illness, and the psychological challenges patients face navigating medical systems. Rachel earned her MS in Bioethics from Columbia University, where her work centered on the moral authority of advance directives in dementia care and resultant implications for clinical treatment junctures. While an undergraduate at Brown University, she assisted with fMRI research examining the effect of early-life stress on default network connectivity. Last year, Rachel worked with Dr. Fisher and Elise Bragard on a review article about evolving issues with protecting participant privacy and confidentiality in eHealth HIV research and developed modules on therapeutic misconception and goodness-of-fit ethics for the Center for Ethics Education. 

Master's Thesis Title
Advance Care Planning for Dementia in the Family Context: Financial Stress, Burden, and Quality of Relationship

Publications
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.

Elise Bragard, MA

Elise BragardElise Bragard is a third-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. 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 few different research projects: her Master's thesis on adolescent girls' motivations for sexting and a follow-up participant feedback study, a paper about AMSM condom use and bullying, and a review article about the ethical considerations of eHealth in HIV research.

Master’s Thesis Title
The Role of Sexual Subjectivity and Peer Influences on Sexting Consequences Among Adolescent Girls

Awards and Honors
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

Publications
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.

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.

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 Diversityhttps://doi.org/10.1037/sgd000043

Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C.B. (Under Review). Risks and Benefits of Adolescent Girls’ Participation in Online Sexting Survey Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Presentations
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., 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/ 

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

Aaliyah Gray, MA

Aaliyah GrayAaliyah is a fourth-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.

Master’s Thesis Title
Predictors of Sexual Health in Lesbian and Bisexual Black Women who Have Sex with Men

Awards and Honors
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

Publications
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://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000804

Presentations
Gray, A. & Fisher, C.B. (2019). Sexual Minority Identity and Sexual Health Among Lesbians 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, MA

Deborah Layman

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 currently working on publishing findings from her thesis project and her practicum project. 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. 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 2019 Association of Psychological Science's student grant competition for this study.  In 2020, Deborah 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 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. 

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
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

Publications
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-018-0944-z

Presentations
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.

Xiangyu Tao, MA

Human Development and Social Justice doctoral student Xiangyu TaoXiangyu is a second-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. During her first year, she co-authored two manuscripts with Dr. Fisher on (1) adolescent girls’ comfort with online anonymous sexting survey participation and (2) the effects of coronavirus victimization distress and coronavirus racial bias on mental health among Black, Indigenous and Latinx young adults. Xiangyu is currently working on her master’s thesis “Social Media Use, Online Racial Discrimination, and Health Risks among Adolescents of Color”. 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.

Publications
Fisher, C. B., Tao, X., & Yip, T. (2020). The Effects of Coronavirus Victimization Distress and Coronavirus Racial Bias on Mental Health Among Black, Indigenous and Latinx Young Adults in the United StatesmedRxiv

Tao, X., Bragard, E., & Fisher, C.B. (Under Review). Risks and Benefits of Adolescent Girls’ Participation in Online Sexting Survey Research. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Rimah Jaber, MA

Rimah JaberRimah 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

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