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RETI Director

Human Development & Social Justice Lab faculty Celia Fisher

Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Center for Ethics Education
Director, Fordham HIV Prevention Research
Ethics Training Institute

Ethics and Society Blog

Curriculum Vitae

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Phone: 718-817-3793

Keywords:  LGBT youth, ethnic minority youth, social implications of genomic research, health disparities, HIV prevention, substance use prevention, research and professional ethics, social justice

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Celia B. Fisher, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in research on research ethics. Dr. Fisher is the Marie Ward Doty Endowed University Chair 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. Her federally funded research programs focus on ethical issues and well-being of vulnerable populations, including ethnic minority youth and families, active drug users, college students at risk for drinking problems, and adults with impaired consent capacity.

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 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 Sciencesthe 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 170 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, active drug users, college students at risk for drinking problems, LGBT youth and adults with impaired consent capacity. 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.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications (2017-2018)


Fisher, CB. (2017). Decoding the ethics code: A practical guide for psychologists, Fourth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Fisher, CB., 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, DOI: 10.1007/s10461-18-2081-x

Fletcher, F. E., Fisher, CB., 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, 173–184 PMID: 29471706 DOI: 10.1177/1556264618755919.

Fisher, CB., Fried, A. L., Desmond, M., Macapagal, K., & Mustanski, B. (2017). Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in PrEP HIV Prevention Trials Involving Adolescent and Emerging Adult Transgender Men and Women. AIDS Education and Prevention, 29(3), 205-217. doi:10.1521/aeap.2017.29.3.205 PMC5768197 PMID 28650227.

Reed, E., Fisher, CB., Blankenship, K. & Brook, S. W.  Khoshnood, K. (2017). Why Female Sex Workers Participate in HIV Research: The Illusion of Voluntariness. AIDS Care, 29, 914-918.

True, G., Alexander, L., & Fisher, CB. (2017) Supporting the role of community members employed as research staff: Perspectives of community researchers working in addiction research. Social Science & Medicine, 187, 67-75.

Fisher, CB., Arbeit, M. R., Chenneville, T. (2016). Goodness-of-fit ethics for practice and research involving children and adolescents with HIV. In T. Chenneville (Ed.) A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps between Research and Practice (pp 229 – 258). New York, NY: Springer.

Fried, A.L. & Fisher, CB. (2016).  Moral stress and job burnout among frontline staff conducting clinical research on affective and anxiety disorders. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47, 171-180.PMID: 28484305 PMCID:   PMC5419685

Fisher, CB., Arbeit, M. Dumont, M., Macapagal, & Mustanski, B. (2016). Self-consent for HIV prevention research involving sexual and gender minority youth: Reducing barriers through evidence-based ethics. Journal of Research  on Human Research Ethics. 11, 3-14. first published online 3.7.16 DOI: 10.1177/1556264616633963. PMID 26956988 and PMCID PMC4842126 

Fisher, CB., & McCarthy, E. L. (2013). Ethics in prevention science involving genetic testing [Special issue]. Prevention Science, 14(3), 310-318. PMID: 23354905; PMCID: PMC3633706

Fisher, CB., Busch-Rossnagel, N.B., Jopp, D.S., & Brown, J.L. (2012).  Applied developmental science, social justice and socio-political well-being.  Applied Developmental Science, 16(1), 54-64. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2012.642786.

Fisher, CB. (2011).  Addiction research ethics and the Belmont principles: do drug users have a different moral voice?  Substance Use and Misuse. 46(6), 728-741. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2010.528125. PMID: 21073412; PMCID: PMC3638744