Yale University

Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), University of Connecticut
(860) 208-4393


Jeffrey D. Fisher, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) 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:

  • Wu, J., Ibrahim, J.G., Chen, M., Schifano, E.D., Fisher, J.D. (In Press).  Bayesian Modeling and Inference for Nonignorably Missing Longitudinal Binary Response Data with Applications to HIV Prevention Trials. Statistica Sinica. doi: 10.5705/ss.202016.0319

  • Smith, L., Amico, R.K., Cunningham, C., Fisher, J.D. (2017). 60 Minutes for Health: Examining the feasibility and acceptability of a low-resource behavioral intervention designed to promote retention in HIV care. Aids Care, Published Ahead-of-Print: doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1344184

  • Tuthill E.L., Cusson, R., McGrath, J., Gable, R., Butler, L., Fisher, J.D. (2017). Exclusive breast-feeding promotion among HIV-infected women in South Africa: an Information–Motivation–Behavioural Skills model-based pilot intervention. Public Health Nutrition, 1-10.

  • Shuper, P. A., Pillay, S., MacDonald, S. P., Chblristie, S., Cornman, D., Fisher, W. A., & Fisher, J. D. (2016).  One in Four HIV-Positive South Africans Awaiting ART Initiation Report Condomless Sex with a Serodiscordant Partner. JAIDS, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 72(3), e77-e79.doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001016

  • Spring, B., King, A., Pagoto, S., Van Horn, L., & Fisher, J. (2015). Fostering multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors for primary prevention of cancer. American Psychologist, 70(2), 75-90. doi:10.1037/a0038806 +

  • Tuthill, E. L., Butler, L. M., McGrath, J. M., Cusson, R. M., Makiwane, G. N., Gable, R. K., & Fisher, J. D. (2014). Cross-cultural adaptation of instruments assessing breastfeeding determinants: A multi-step approach. International Breastfeeding Journal, 9(16). doi:10.1186/1746-4358-9-16

  • Shuper, P. A., Kiene, S. M., Mahlase, G., MacDonald, S. P., Christie, S., Cornman, D. H., Fisher, W. A., Greener, R., Lalloo, U., Pillay, S., Van Loggerenberg, F., & Fisher, J. D.  (2014).  HIV transmission risk behavior among HIV-positive patients receiving antiretroviral therapy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  AIDS and Behavior, 18, 1532-1540.

  • Fisher, J. D., Cornman, D. H., Shuper, P. A., Christie, S., Pillay, S., MacDonald, S., Ngcobo, N., Amico, K. R., Lalloo, U., Friedland, G., Fisher, W. A., for the SA Options Team. (2014). HIV prevention counseling intervention delivered during routine clinical care reduces HIV transmission risk behavior in HIV-infected South Africans receiving antiretroviral therapy: The Izindlela Zokuphila/Options for Health Randomized Trial. JAIDS, 67(5), 499-507. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000348.

  • de Bruin, M., Simoni, J., Amico, K., Parsons, J., Fisher, J., & Safren, S. (2014). Poor citation, coding and reporting: A review of adherence-enhancing interventions for highly active antiretroviral therapy creates an inaccurate picture of the state of the field. HIV Medicine, 15(6), 381-382. doi: 10.1111/hiv.12139

  • Mansoor, L. E., Abdool Karim, Q., Werner, L., Madlala, B., Ngcobo, N., Cornman, D. H., Amico, K. R., Fisher, J. D., Fisher, W. A., MacQueen, K. M., & Abdool Karim, S. S. (2014). Impact of an adherence intervention on the effectiveness of Tenofovir Gel in the CAPRISA 004 Trial. AIDS and Behavior, 18(5), 841-848. doi:10.1007/s10461-014-0752-9

  • Earnshaw, V. A., Smith, L. R., Shuper, P. A., Fisher, W. A., Cornman, D. H., & Fisher, J. D. (2014). HIV stigma and unprotected sex among PLWH in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A longitudinal exploration of mediating mechanisms. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/09540121.2014.938015

  • Smith, L. R., Amico, K. R., Shuper, P. A., Christie, S., Fisher, W. A., Cornman, D. H., Doshi, M., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., & Fisher, J. D., for the SA Options Team. (2013). Information, motivation, and behavioral skills for early pre-ART engagement in HIV care among patients entering clinical care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25(12), 1485-1490. doi:10.1080/09540121.2013.775398

  • Kiene, S. M., Fisher, W. A., Shuper, P. A., Cornman, D. H., Christie, S., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., Mahlase, G., Fisher, J. D. (2013). Understanding HIV transmission risk behavior among HIV-infected South Africans receiving antiretroviral therapy: An Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model analysis. Health Psychology, 32(8), 860-868. doi:10.1037/a0030554

  • Smith, L. R., Fisher, J. D., Cunningham, C. O., & Amico, K. R. (2012). Understanding the behavioral determinants of retention in HIV care: A qualitative evaluation of a situated information, motivation, behavioral skills model of care initiation and maintenance. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 26(6), 344-355. doi:10.1089/apc.2011.0388

  • Singh, R., Simons, J. J. P., Self, W. T., Tetlock, P. E., Zemba, Y., Yamaguchi, S., Osborn, C. Y., Fisher, J. D., May, J., & Kaur, S. (2012). Association, culture, and collective imprisonment: Tests of a two-route causal-moral model. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34(3), 269-277. doi:10.1080/01973533.2012.674763

  • Norton, W. E., Fisher, J. D., Amico, K. R., Dovidio, J. F., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). Relative efficacy of a pregnancy, STI, or HIV prevention-focused intervention on changing sexual risk behavior among young adults. Journal of American College Health, 60(8), 574-582. doi:10.1080/07448481.2012.721428

  • Osborn, C. Y., Amico, K. R., Cruz, N., Perez-Escamilla, R., Kalichman, S. C., O’Connell, A., Wolf, S. A., & Fisher, J. D. (2011). Development and implementation of a culturally tailored diabetes intervention in primary care. Transitional Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, 1(3), 468-479. doi:10.1007/s13142-011-0064-9

  • 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.

  • Ferrer, R. A., Fisher, J. D., Buck, R., & Amico, K. R. (2011). Pilot test of an emotional education intervention component for sexual risk reduction. Health Psychology, 30(5), 656-660. doi:10.1037/a0023438

  • 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