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Jeffrey D. Fisher

Jeffrey D. Fisher

Jeffrey D. Fisher is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the founder and Director of its Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP). He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Dr. Fisher has been awarded 9 major HIV risk reduction grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1989. He has been involved with over $30.6 million in grants as Principal Investigator, Co-Director, or Co-Investigator, and has been Principal Investigator on $22.7 million in external grants. Most of his work has involved theory and empirical work on the dynamics of unhealthy behavior and on social psychological factors that can affect the success of interventions to change such behavior. Dr. Fisher has lectured internationally and published extensively on factors associated with HIV risk behavior, and has done a great deal of conceptual and empirical work in the area of interventions to increase HIV preventive behavior. His work also focuses on designing theoretically-based interventions to increase adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and on health behavior change in general. New work focuses on dissemination of effective health behavior change interventions.

Primary Interests:

• Initiation and maintenance of health behavior change, especially HIV risk behavior change
• Dissemination of effective behavior change interventions
• Health Psychology
• Applied Social Psychology
• Prosocial behavior, especially recipient reactions to help and help-seeking

Grants Funded:

1. “Recipient’s Reactions to Aid.” Tel-Aviv University, University of Connecticut (with Arie Nadler, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation) (1171-000-22-0215-23-519). $85,000. April 1980 to October 1984. Co-Investigator.

2. “The Initiation and Maintenance of Voluntary Change.” Private donation to the University of Connecticut (1171-000-11-0215-14-626). $732,645. March 1984 to 1991. Principal Investigator.

3. “Fear of AIDS and AIDS-Preventive Behavior: Understanding the Phenomena and Implementing Change.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. $50,000. August 1, 1987 to November 1, 1989. Co-Investigator.

4. “Effects of Ascribed and Achieved Status on Interpersonal Perceptions and Behaviors.” U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. $97,653. 1988 to 1991. Co-Investigator.

5. “A General Technology for AIDS Risk Behavior Change.” Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1R01 MH46224). $752,657. September 30, 1989 to August 31, 1991. Principal Investigator.

6. “A General Technology for AIDS Risk Behavior Change.” Competing Continuation Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1R01 MH46224). $1,061,297. October 1, 1991 to August 31, 1995. Principal Investigator.

7. “Changing AIDS Risk Behavior in High School Students.” National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH54378). $2,209,219. September 30, 1995 to April 30, 2000. Principal Investigator.

8. “Physician-Delivered Intervention for HIV+ Individuals.” National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH59473). $3,441,867. June 15, 1999 to June 30, 2003. Principal Investigator.

9. “Examining Viral Resistance to HIV as a Function of Psychosocial Factors.” National Institute of Mental Health (Supplement to R01 MH59473). $162,285. July 15, 1999 to June 30, 2003. Principal Investigator.

10. “HIV Prevention Intervention with Indian Truck Drivers.” National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH59473-02). $164,908. September 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003. Principal Investigator.

11. “HIV Coping and Safer Behavior: A Theoretical Approach.” National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Josephine Korchmaros (F31MH13014). $81,432. September 27, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Sponsor and Collaborator.

12. “Implicit Attitudes and HIV Risk Behavior.” National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH62275). $781,890. April 1, 2001 to May 31, 2006. Collaborator.

13. “A Theoretically Based HIV Prevention Intervention: Using Music to Change HIV Risk Behavior in High School Students.” National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Anthony Lemieux (F31MH65060). $54,088. December 20, 2001 to December 19, 2003. Sponsor and Collaborator.

14. “Intervention to Close Digital Divide in AIDS Care.” National Institute of Mental Health. $1,791,107. June 1, 2002 to May 31, 2006. Co-Investigator.

15. “Translation of Options/Opciones Intervention into Standard of Care.” New York State Department of Health. $712,460. July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2007. Co- Investigator.

16. “Changing ART Adherence Behavior.” National Institute of Mental Health (1 R01 MH066684). $5,089,067. September 19, 2003 to June 30, 2009. Principal Investigator.

17. “Internet-Based Training of Clinicians in the Options/Opciones Intervention Protocol.” Small Business Innovative Research (RFP # NIMH-03-SBIR-Phase 1). $100,000. January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2004. Co-Investigator.

18. “A Brief Intervention to Improve Diabetes Control.” National Institute of Mental Health, National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Chandra Osborn (1 F31 DK067022). $83,454. June 1, 2004 to May 31, 2007. Sponsor and Collaborator.

19. “Dynamics of HIV Risk Behavior: A Daily Process Approach.” National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Susan Kiene (1 F31 MH072547). $95,122. July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007. Sponsor and Collaborator.

20. “Development of Options Training and Implementation Materials.” National Institute of Mental Health and Centers for Disease Control (MH066684-01). $350,000. September 19, 2005 to June 30, 2007. Principal Investigator.

21. “Evaluation of Options Replication Project: A Physician Delivered Intervention for HIV Patients in Clinical Care.” John Snow Incorporated, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHSH23153011). $145,000. September 22, 2005 to May 31, 2007. Co-Investigator.

22. “Center for Health Communication and Marketing (CHCM).” PHS/Centers for Disease Control (P01 CD000237-01). $3,857,393. September 30, 2005 to September 29, 2010. Co-Director.

23. “Increasing ARV Adherence in Military Settings in Uganda.” Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) (N68171-06-1-0012). $150,000. July 1, 2006 to November 1, 2007. Principal Investigator.

24. “Prevention for Positives in Military Settings in Mozambique.” Funded by Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) (N68171-06-1-0012). $100,000. July 1, 2006 to November 1, 2007. Principal Investigator.

25. “Relative Efficacy of a Pregnancy, STI, or HIV Intervention to Increase Condom Use.” National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Wynne E. Norton (1 F31 MH079768-01). $126,764. September 29, 2006 to September 28, 2009. Sponsor and Collaborator.

26. “Integrating HIV Prevention into Clinical Care for PLWHA in South Africa.” National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH077524-01). $6,356,173. January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012. Principal Investigator.

27. “Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.” National Institute of Mental Health. $83,824. May 2007 to December 2008. Principal Investigator.

28. “HIV/AIDS Disclosure Decision-Making and Outcomes.” Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship for Stephenie R. Chaudoir (1 F31 MH080651-01). $90,591. June 1, 2007 to August 31, 2009. Sponsor and Collaborator.

29. “Addressing the Role of Emotion in Risky Sexual Behavior.” Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship for Rebecca A. Ferrer (1 F31 MH080626-01). $72,530. June 30, 2007 to August 31, 2009. Sponsor and Collaborator.

30. “Client-Centered Counseling During Routine/Opt-out HIV-Testing in Uganda.” Susan Kiene, K Award, National Institute of Mental Health. $725,305. April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2013. Mentor.

31. “PORT CORE of CTSA: Dissemination of UConn Evidence-Based Health Promotion Interventions, Innovations and Health Care Practices through the UConn Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).” Internal Funding, University of Connecticut. $384,218. September 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011. Principal Investigator.

32. “Disseminating the Options Project Physician-Delivered Intervention to HIV Care Providers.” UCHC/Storrs and Regional Campus Incentive Grant Program (UCIG). $100,000. September 1, 2009 to March 16, 2011. Principal Investigator.

33. “Integrating HIV Prevention into Clinical Care for PLWHA in South Africa.” National Institute of Mental Health (Supplement to R01 MH077524-01). $483,205. September 29, 2010 to August 31, 2011. Principal Investigator.

34. “HIV Care Utilization: A Theory-Based Approach to Retention in Care.” National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award (Predoctoral) for Laramie Smith (1F31MH093264-01). $65,818. January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. Sponsor and Collaborator.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Health Psychology
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Jeffrey D. Fisher
Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention
University of Connecticut
2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1248
United States

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