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Joscelyn E. Fisher, PhD

Joscelyn E. Fisher is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and a Project Director/Research Psychologist for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine at the Center for Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). She received a Bachelor of Arts (majors: Music and Psychology) from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She then completed her post-doctoral training at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) where she transitioned to a faculty position (Instructor). Broadly stated, her research has focused on investigating symptom or diagnostic overlap/comorbidity and how symptoms/diagnoses alone or in combination differentially affect, or are affected by, emotion and/or cognitive processes. At CSTS, she has been investigating indicators of risk and resilience and their associations with depression, anxiety, grief and other health outcomes in bereaved family members as part of several studies, including the National Military Family Bereavement Study (NMFBS), Stepping Forward in Grief (SFG), Bereavement Due to Terrorism, and the Bereavement Coping Study.

Dr. Fisher has authored a number of scientific papers and been awarded several research grants, including a National Research Service Award –NRSA from NIMH while at UIUC, a Young Investigator Award from NARSAD while at UMB and a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention while at CSTS/USU.


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Create an upstream suicide prevention tool to enhance bereavement coping strategies