Prudence Fisher, Ph.D., CO-Director

Dr. Prudence Fisher is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Fisher is widely acknowledged as an expert in assessment issues and she has been instrumental in the development of numerous widely used diagnostic measures, including the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC), the most widely used diagnostic interview for youth, the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS), and the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C- SSRS), among others. She actively collaborates with investigators at Columbia and at many other institutions and regularly consults with federal and state agencies. Dr. Fisher has authored or coauthored more than 80 articles and book chapters, primarily focused on diagnostic assessment, PTSD, and suicide.

With Dr. Neria, Dr. Fisher has produced the first-ever treatment manual for providing equine-assisted therapy for PTSD (the Man O’ War (MOW) treatment protocol) and they recently completed a large open trial on this novel treatment with veterans with PTSD. Two papers from the project have been published and a third is under review.

She is currently Principal Investigator on a small grant from PATH International (funded by the Bob Woodruff Foundation) to develop a training curriculum for the MOW protocol so that other EAT providers might implement it at their settings.