Phil Fisher, PhD

Director & Professor


Dr. Fisher is Philip H. Knight Chair, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the UO Center for Translational Neuroscience. His research focuses on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in socially and economically marginalized communities, and on translating scientific knowledge regarding healthy development under conditions of adversity for use in social policy and programs. He is particularly interested in the effects of early stressful experiences on children's neurobiological and psychological development, and in prevention and treatment programs for improving maltreated children's functioning in areas such as attachment to caregivers, relationships with peers, and functioning in school. Dr. Fisher is also interested in the brain's plasticity in the context of therapeutic interventions. His laboratory, the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) lab, includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and other researchers with similar interests. Dr. Fisher also directs the Translational Science Initiative and is the Science Director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, both based at Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child. He is Co-Principal Investigator 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 the recipient of the 2012 Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1993. You can follow his lab twitter feed @UOSNAPLab.