Yale University

Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Director, Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP), University of Connecticut
(860) 208-4393


Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) and a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut.  He has published extensively on factors associated with HIV risk behavior, and has done extensive conceptual and empirical work in the area of increasing HIV preventive behavior.  He has designed, implemented, and evaluated several effective HIV risk behavior change and antiretroviral adherence promotion interventions.  His research on HIV to date has involved gay men, injection drug users, heterosexual adolescents, and individuals who are HIV-infected.

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 fully $22.7 million in external grants.  He has lectured and consulted widely in the areas of HIV preventive behavior and medical adherence.  In addition, he has served on the National Institute of Mental Health Psychobiological, Biological, and Neuroscience Subcommittee, the Mental Health Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Review Committee, and on the editorial board of several journals.  Dr. Fisher is a fellow of Divisions 8, 9, and 34 of the American Psychological Association, and a fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Selected Publications:

  • Fisher, J. D., Amico, K. R., Fisher, W. A., Cornman, D. H., Shuper, P. A., Trayling, C., Redding, C., Barta, W., Lemieux, A. F., Altice, F. L., Dieckhaus, K., Friedland, G., for the LifeWindows Team. (2011). Computer-based intervention in HIV clinical care setting improves antiretroviral adherence: The LifeWindows Project. AIDS and Behavior, 15(8), 1635-1646.

  • Fisher, J. D., Smith, L. R., & Lenz, E. M. (2010). Secondary prevention of HIV in the United States: Past, current, and future perspectives. JAIDS, 55, Supplement (2), S106-S115.

  • Fisher, J. D., Fisher, W. A., & Shuper, P. A. (2009). The Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model of HIV preventive behavior. In R. DiClemente, R. Crosby, & M. Kegler (Eds.), Emerging theories in health promotion practice and research model of HIV preventive behavior (2nd ed., pp. 22-63). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers.

  • Cornman D. H., Kiene, S. M., Christie, S., Fisher, W. A., Shuper, P. A., Pillay, S., Friedland, G. H., Thomas, C. M., Lodge, L., & Fisher, J. D. (2008). Clinic-based intervention reduces unprotected sexual behavior among HIV-infected patients in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Results of a pilot study. JAIDS, 48(5), 553-560.

  • Fisher, J. D., Fisher, W. A., Amico, R., & Harman, J. J. (2006). An Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model of adherence to antiretroviral therapy. Health Psychology, 25(4), 462-473.

  • Fisher, J. D., Fisher, W. A., Cornman, D. H., Amico, R. K., Bryan, A., & Friedland, G. H. (2006). Clinician-delivered intervention during routine clinical care reduces unprotected sexual behavior among HIV-infected patients. JAIDS, 41(1), 44-52.

  • Fisher, J. D., Fisher, W. A., Bryan, A. D., & Misovich, S. J. (2002). Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model-based HIV risk behavior change intervention for inner-city high school youth. Health Psychology, 21(2), 177-186.

  • Fisher, J. D., & Fisher, W. A. (1992). Changing AIDS-risk behavior. Psychological Bulletin, 111(3), 455-474.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Initiation and maintenance of health behavior change, especially HIV risk behavior change
  • Dissemination of effective behavior change interventions
  • Prosocial behavior, especially recipient reactions to help and help seeking