Prudence Fisher, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in Psychiatry

Dr. Prudence Fisher is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a research scientist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Fisher’s expertise is on the development, validation and implementation of assessment methods for mental health conditions.

Dr. Fisher served as a Scientific Advisor for the ICD-11 meetings held at Columbia in March 2013, where she provided consultation and leadership on the overall issues of study design, methodology and analysis for the development of the ICD-11 field studies. She has played a critical role in the development of the DSM-5 as an advisor to two DSM Work Groups (Childhood and Adolescent Disorders and ADHD and Disruptive Disorders) and three other DSM-5 Study Groups (Diagnostic Assessment Instruments, Impairment and Disability, and Other Conditions that May be a Focus of Clinical Attention) and as the Principal Investigator of one of the DSM-5 Field Trials. Dr. Fisher is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIMH-funded grant that addresses the validity of current and proposed diagnostic categories and criteria for child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Dr. Fisher will continue to provide leadership on the design and implementation of the ICD-11 field studies.