Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
M.S.W., Michigan State University
School of Social Work
269 Peters Hall
Spring 2014: Thursdays 4-5pm, and Fridays 10:30 am-noon.
Dr. Fisher’s scholarship focuses broadly on social determinants of health and wellbeing among vulnerable adolescent and adult populations. Her current research investigates individual, cultural, and structural factors promoting sexual health and HIV/STI prevention, including an ongoing study of HIV, gender, and social development in Kenya. Dr. Fisher’s scholarship also examines health and wellbeing among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, with emphasis on the experiences of marginalized sub-groups (e.g., transgender, homeless, and rural youth) and development of youth-driven interventions. Dr. Fisher’s methodological work explores use of innovative measurement approaches to enhance data quality, engage respondents, and build capacity while minimizing administrative burden in resource-poor community settings. Additionally, her teaching scholarship focuses on innovative pedagogy and emerging practices to engage students and enhance learning both in and out of the classroom, including study abroad, service learning, and education on evidence-based practice. She teaches in the MSW program (Research Methods; Social Work & Difference, Diversity & Privilege) and the undergraduate Social Justice Minor (Introduction to Social Justice), as well as co-teaching May term study abroad courses.
CEHD Blog Post: Social Work's Fisher honored by graduate students
Current Research Projects
"Victimization Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Minnesota: Uncovering Youth-directed Pathways to Intervention" (Role: co-PI)
- The purpose of this study is to investigate LGBTQ youth’s experiences with victimization and violence and identify community-grounded, youth-directed strategies for intervention. Funded by: Children, Youth & Families Consortium, University of Minnesota (1/1/14 - 12/31/17).
"HIV, Gender, and Social Development in Kenya" (Role: PI)
- Mixed method participatory evaluation study of social development factors impacting health and well-being among HIV-positive women living in rural villages and urban slums across Kenya (2/1/13 - 8/31/15).
Minnesota Center for Mental Health: "e-IMR for Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders" (Role: co-PI)
- The major goals of this project are to (a) design, implement, and evaluate an IMR/IDDT training intervention for providers serving clients with co-occurring disorders in a multi-site pilot study, and (b) develop a training package for statewide implementation as part of a broader DHS initiative to establish a certification process for all COD providers in Minnesota. Funded by: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Division of Adult Mental Health (7/1/13 - 6/30/16).
Minnesota Center for Mental Health: "Mental Health Quality Improvement Project for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)" (Role: co-I)
- This project implements and evaluates an I-IMR intervention for ACT team professionals who provide services to clients with severe mental health and health needs in community settings. Funded by: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (11/15/13 - 12/20/14).
"Risky Lifestyles Study" (Role: PI)
- The goal of this study is to examine HIV-related risk taking among adult felony probationers and evaluate the impact of the "Thinking for a Change" intervention on risk-taking attitudes, skills, and behaviors (1/1/11 - 12/31/13).
Selected Past Research Projects
"HIV Risk, Sexual Identity, and Social Networks among Sexual Minority Youth" (Role: PI)
- Study investigating the developmental and social network factors associated with sexual risk taking and well-being among LBGTQ adolescents. Funded by: Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry & Scholarship, University of Minnesota (2011 - 2012).
"Development of a Brief Sexual Health History Calendar for Youth" (Role: PI)
- Study to develop and test a mixed method sexual risk assessment with adolescents at a publicly funded teen health clinic, testing a brief behavior change component in the second study phase. Funded by: Faculty & Staff Research Award, University of Minnesota (2011 - 2012).
- A brief description of this project can be found on the Minnesota Center for Social Work Research Web site.
"HIV Risk and Sexual Identity Development" (Fisher, PI)
- Study to examine the impact of sexual identity development factors on HIV-related sexual risk among sexual minority youth, particularly young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Funded by: National Institutes of Health (1F31MH077529-01). 6/01/06 - 5/31/07
- CEHD poster presentation link: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/research/posterpdfs/Fisher_Poster.pdf
Fisher, C. & Grettenberger, S. (In press). Community-based participatory study abroad: A model for Social Work education. Journal of Social Work Education.
Fisher, C., Lee, M., Chung, C. & Center, B. (2014). Adolescent HIV risk: Within- and between-person patterns over time. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 5(1), 79-105. doi: 10.1086/675849
Fisher, C., Simmelink, J., Dimock, P., & Rohovit, J. (In press). Provider preparedness for treatment of co-occurring disorders: Comparison of social workers and alcohol and drug counselors. Social Work Education.
Fisher, C., Lee, M. & Boudreau, M. (2014). Using mixed-method assessment to advance adolescent HIV prevention. Paper published online ahead of print in Clinical Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/1054773813503968
Fisher, C. & Lee, M. (2013). Comparison of adolescents' reports of sexual behavior on a survey and Sexual Health History Calendar. The Journal of Sex Research. Published online ahead of print; DOI:10.1080/00224499.2013.782482
Fisher, C. (2013). Queering Data Collection: Using a Life History Calendar with Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Social Service Research, 39(3), 306-321. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2013.766554
Roholt, R. & Fisher, C. (2013). Expect the Unexpected: Short-Term International Study Course Pedagogies and Practices. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(1), 48-65. DOI:10.1080/10437797.2013.755416
Fisher, C. & Boudreau, M. (2012). Assessing Recent Adolescent Sexual Risk Using a Sexual Heath History Calendar: Results from a Mixed Method Feasibility Study. Manuscript published online ahead of print in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. DOI: 10.1016/j.jana.2012.06.011
Boudreau, M. & Fisher, C. (2012). Providing Effective Medical and Case Management Services to HIV-Infected Youth Preparing to Transition to Adult Care. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(4), 318-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.jana.2011.06.003..
Fisher, C. (2012). Assessing Developmental Trajectories of LBGTQQ Youth: Discrepant Findings from a Life History Calendar and a Self-administered Survey. Journal of LGBT Youth, 9(2), 114-135.
Fisher, C. (2011). Adapting the Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills model: Predicting HIV-related sexual risk among sexual minority youth. Health Education & Behavior, 39(3), 290-302. DOI: 10.1177/1090198111406537.
Auslander, W., Fisher, C., Ollie, M. & Yu, M. (2012). Teaching Social Work Students to Systematically Evaluate Evidence-Based Interventions. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(4), 320–341.
Fisher, C. (2011). Are Information, Motivation, and Behavioral Skills Linked with HIV-Related Sexual Risk among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men? Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 10(1), 5-21.
Fisher, C., Lee, M., Chung, C. & Center, B. (2014, January). Adolescent HIV Risk Profiles: What Can We Learn From Within- and Between-Person Patterns Over Time? Paper accepted at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Fisher, C. & Lee, M. (2013, November). Advancing Adolescent HIV and STI Prevention with a Mixed Method Calendar-Based Assessment. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Fisher, C. & Grettenberger, S. (2013, November). Community-Based Participatory Study Abroad: Going Global in Social Work Education. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Dimock, P. & Fisher, C. (2013, November). Social Workers' Preparedness and Training Needs For Treating Clients With Co-occurring Disorders. Poster presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
Fisher, C. & Winkler, V. (2013, July). Linking HIV and Social Development in Kenya: Impact of the Women Equality Empowerment Program. Paper presented at the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), Kampala, Uganda.
Fisher, C. & Grettenberger, S. (2013, July). A model for applying community-based participatory principles to social development focused study abroad. Paper presented at the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), Kampala, Uganda.
Fisher, C. & Lee, M. (2013, May). Assessing adolescent HIV risk: Can a different tool reveal unreported behaviors? Paper presented at the 25th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, Chicago, IL.
Fisher, C., Lee, M. & Boudreau, M. (2013, May). Developing a youth-driven, tailored sexual risk reduction intervention: Results from a community-based participatory pilot study. Paper presented at the 25th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, Chicago, IL.
Fisher, C., Elze, D., Craig, S., Walls, E. & Asakura, K. (2013, January 18). Advancing Research with Sexual Minority Youth: Building a Social Work Research Agenda. Roundtable session presented at the 17th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
Craig, S., Dentato, M. & Fisher, C. (2012, 10 November). Does trauma matter? Correlates of depression for multiethnic sexual minority youth. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC.
Rooney, R., Rodenborg, N., Marrs Fuchsel, C., Fisher, C. & Vang, P. (2012, 9 November). Social work faculty writing groups: How to encourage and support productivity. Faculty Development Institute (FDI) presented at the 58th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC.
Fisher, C. (2012, January 14). Milestone Consequences, Resilience, and Multiple Identity Management: Findings from a Mixed Method Study of Sexual Minority Youth. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
Fisher, C. (2011, January 14). Assessment as Intervention? Development of a Sexual Health History Calendar for Youth. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, Tampa, FL.
Fisher, C. & Boudreau, M.(2010, May). Assessing sexual risk and sexual identity development among youth: Using the Life History Calendar method in research and practice settings. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Social Work & AIDS Conference, Denver, CO.
Boudreau, M. & Fisher, C. (2010, May). “Get on my level!” Developing professional partnerships with diverse youth including young adults living with HIV and sexual minority youth. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Social Work & AIDS Conference, Denver, CO.
Fisher, C. (2010, January 15). Exploring the complexities of sexual identity development: Use of the Life History Calendar with sexual minority youth. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Fisher, C. (2009, January 17). Predicting HIV Risk among Sexual Minority Youth: The Impact of Sexual Identity Development. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Society for Social Work & Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Fisher, C. (2008, October 29). Capturing the complexities of sexual identity development and HIV risk: Use of the Life History Calendar with sexual minority youth. Paper presented at the 136th Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
Fisher, C. (2007, November 6). Does Sexual Identity Development Matter for HIV Prevention with Sexual Minority Youth? Paper presented at the 135th Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.