Phil Fisher, Ph.D.
Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on childhood trauma and maltreatment, and foster and adopted children. He is particularly interested in the effects of early stressful experiences on children’s neurobiological and psychological development, and in designing and evaluating prevention and treatment programs for improving abused and neglected children’s functioning in areas such as attachment to caregivers, relationships with peers, and functioning in school. He is also interested in the brain’s plasticity in the context of therapeutic interventions. Particular areas of neurobiological functioning in Dr. Fisher’s research include the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the prefrontal cortex, and neural reward pathways. Dr. Fisher is a professor of psychology and Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon. His laboratory, the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Lab, includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and other researchers with similar interests. Dr. Fisher is also Science Director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs based at Harvard University. He is Co-Principal Investigator, with Patti Chamberlain, on the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention (TDAP) Center, working to increase understanding of the effects of early adversity and risk in decision-making and behavior on policy and practice in child welfare systems. Dr. Fisher is recipient of the 2012 Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1993.