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Assistant Professor , Family Science
Core Research Scientist, University of Maryland Prevention Research Center
Other Affiliations: UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: SPH | Room: 1142K
Phone: (301) 405-4008 | |
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SOGI Health Lab
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Dr. Jessica Fish is a human development and family science scholar whose research focuses on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (i.e., lesbian/gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and their families. Broadly, Dr. Fish studies the sociocultural and interpersonal factors that shape the development and health of sexual and gender minority youth and adults. Her overarching goal is to identify modifiable factors that contribute to sexual and gender minority health disparities in order to inform developmentally-sensitive policies, programs, and prevention strategies that promote the health of sexual and gender minority people across the life course.

Education and Training

2014  |  PhD, Florida State University, Family and Child Sciences: Specialization in Family Relations

2010  |  MS, Purdue University Calumet, Child Development and Family Studies: Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy

2008  |  BS, Central Michigan University, Family Studies and Psychology 


FMSC 302  |  Research Methods in Family Science

FMSC 432  |  Adult Development and Aging in Families



Volunteer and credit-based research assistantship positions are available in my research lab. If you are a graduate or undergraduate student who is interested in working with our lab, please complete this application form.

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in doing research with LGBTQ health and families, please contact me at




For a complete list of publications, please see my Google Scholar profile.

Fish, J. N., Moody, R. Grossman, A. H., & Russell, S. T. (in press). LGBTQ community-based youth organizations: Who participates and what difference does it make? Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advanced online publication.

Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., Poteat, V. P. Rathus, T. (in press). Sexual and gender minority youth alcohol use: Within-group differences in associations with internalized stigma and victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advanced online publication.

Kreueger, E., Fish, J. N., & Upchurch, D. (in press). Sexual orientation disparities in alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco use disorders: Investigating social stress mechanisms in a U.S. national sample. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  

Paceley, M. S., Fish, J. N., Thomas, M. M. C., Goffnett, J. (2019). The impact of community size, community climate, and victimization on the physical and mental health of sexual and gender minority youth. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-22.

Fish, J. N. (2019). Sexual orientation-related disparities in high-intensity binge drinking: Findings from a nationally representative sample. LGBT Health, 6(5), 242-249.

Wheldon, C. W., Watson, R. J., Fish, J. N., & Garamel, K. (2019). Cigarette smoking among youth at the intersection of sexuality orientation and gender identity. LGBT Health, 6(5), 235-241.

Rice, C. E., Fish, J. N., Russell, S. T., & Lanza. S. T. (2019). A snapshot of discrimination experiences among sexual minorities in the United States. Journal of Homosexuality.

Paceley, M. S., Fish, J. N., Conrad, A., Schuetz, N. (2019). Diverse community contexts and community resources for sexual and gender minority youth: A mixed methods study. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 1-16.

Russell, S. T., & Fish, J. N. (2019). Sexual minority youth, social change, and health: A developmental collision. Research in Human Development, 16, 5-20.

Day, J. K., Fish, J. N., Grossman, A. & Russell, S. T. (in press). Gay-straight alliances, inclusive policy, and school climate: LGBTQ youths’ experiences of social support and bullying. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advanced online publication.

Fish, J. N., Turner, B., Phillips, G., & Russell, S. T. (2019). Are cigarette smoking disparities between sexual minority and heterosexual youth decreasing? Findings from 10 years of population data. Pediatrics, 143.

Coulter, R. W. S., Flynn, D., Fish, J. N., & Plankey, M. W. (2019). Latent classes of polysubstance use among adolescents in the United States: Intersections of sexual identity with sex, age, and race/ethnicity. LGBT Health, 6, 116-125.

Rice, C. E., Vasilenko, S. A., Fish, J. N., & Lanza. S. T. (2019). Sexual minority health disparities: An examination of age-related trends across adulthood in a national cross-sectional sample. Annals of Epidemiology, 31, 20-25.

Fish, J. N., Baams, L., Wojciak, A., & Russell, S. T. (2019). Are sexual minority youth overrepresented in foster care, child welfare, and out-of-home placement? Findings from nationally representative data. Child Abuse & Neglect, 89, 203-211., PMID: 30708335

Holman, E. G., Fish, J. N., Oswald, R. F., & Goldberg, A. E. (2019). Reconsidering the LGBT climate inventory: Understanding support and hostility for LGBTQ employees in the workplace. Journal of Career Assessment. 27(3), 544-559.

Fish, J. N., Watson, R. J., Gahagan, J., Porta, C. M., Beaulieu-Prévost, D., & Russell, S. T. (2019). Smoking Behaviours among Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth? Findings from 15 years of Provincially Representative Data. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38, 101-110., PMC6338485

Catalpa, J. M., McGuire, J. K., Berg, D., Fish, J. N., Rider, G. N., & Bradford, N. (2019). Predictive validity of the genderqueer identity scale (GQI): Differences between genderqueer, transgender, and cisgender sexual minority individuals. International Journal of Transgenderism, 20(2-3), 305-314.

Fish, J. N., Schulenberg, J. E., & Russell, S. T. (2019). Sexual minority youth report high-intensity binge drinking: The critical role of school victimization. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64, 186-193.

Martin-Storey, A. & Fish, J. N., (2019). Victimization disparities between heterosexual and sexual minority youth from ages 9 to 15. Child Development, 90, 71-81.