Joscelyn E Fisher


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:


Joscelyn E. Fisher is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University. She received a Bachelor of Arts (majors: Music and Psychology) from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Psychology from the Clinical/Community Division of the Department of Psychology at 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). Dr. Fisher joined the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in July 2011 as the Project Director/Research Psychologist on the National Military Family Bereavement Study (NMFBS).

Dr. Fisher's research background has focused on how cognitive processes and emotion processes are related to symptom manifestation. One line of research at UIUC investigated the relationship of suspiciousness to anxiety and depression during emotional processing using event-related brain potential (ERP) techniques to index the neural correlates of these symptoms. She also used ERPs and fMRI at the MPRC to investigate semantic memory processes and whether they are associated with positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Thus, her research has focused on the investigation of neurocognitive and mental health symptom correlates of language, memory and emotion processes. Dr. Fisher is currently working on several projects that investigate correlates and predictors of depression, anxiety and grief outcomes in bereaved military family members as part of the NMFBS.

Dr. Fisher has authored/co-authored a number of scientific papers and has been awarded several research grants, including a National Research Service Award –NRSA from NIMH while at UIUC and a Young Investigator Award from NARSAD while at UMB.