Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Philip H. Knight Chair
Academic Areas:
Child Abuse, Foster Care, Early Childhood Adversity, Stress Neurobiology, Neglect, Attachment Disorder, Child Welfare Policy

Phil Fisher is an academic expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. At the University of Oregon, he is director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Translational Neuroscience, operating the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Lab, which is part of the university's Prevention Science Institute. Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school. Phil is the science director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, based at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the co-principal investigator on the Translational Drug Abuse Prevention (TDAP) Center, which works to increase the understanding of the effects of early adversity and risk in decision-making and behavior policy and practice in child welfare systems. | 541-346-4968 | @PhilFisher99


Recent Media:
The childcare crisis limits women entrepreneurs’ potential (Forbes, Aug. 26, 2020)
Survey provides ‘moving picture’ of pandemic’s turbulent impact on families with young children (The 74, July 21, 2020)
Defying Trump, schools edge towards remote learning (Newsweek, July 16, 2020)
UO research project tracks effects of pandemic on families with young children (KLCC, June 25, 2020)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: As the country reopens, households with young children are forced to choose between income and family safety. (Medium, June 2, 2020)
American Dream vs American Reality: The increasing challenges of lower-income households with young children in the time of COVID-19 (Medium, May 12, 2020)
The Forgotten Households (Medium, May 5, 2020)
Why Households with Young Children Warrant Our Attention and Support During (and After) the COVID-19 Pandemic (Medium, April 21, 2020)
Research team addresses coronavirus impact on families (Around the O, April 22, 2020)
UO center begins project on emergency responses (Jefferson Public Radio, April 10, 2020)
From trauma-informed to asset-informed care in early childhood (Brookings, Oct. 23, 2019)
‘For-Now Parents’ and ‘Big Feelings’: How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma (The Atlantic, May 20, 2019)
Muppets lend a fuzzy hand to UO professor's presentation (Around the O, May 6, 2016)
Diverting people from destructive behavior (Jefferson Public Radio, Nov. 20, 2015)
Q&A: A researcher who’s seeking nimble interventions for toxic stress (Chalkbeat Colorado, Oct. 9, 2015)
Oregon scientists say preparing foster kids for school lessens impact of moves (EurekAlert!, May 19, 2015)
How neglect shapes the brain (Scienceline, June 25, 2014)
Fetal alcohol disorders common in adopted foster kids (Reuters, Sept. 9, 2013)
Dr. Phil Fisher, University of Oregon - Infant perception and parental arguments (WAMC Northeast Public Radio, May 21, 2013)