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Jessica Fish

Assistant Professor, Family Science
Deputy Director for Research & Evaluation, UMD Prevention Research Center
Faculty Affiliate, Maryland Population Research Center

Dr. Jessica Fish is a human development and family science scholar whose research focuses on the positive development and health of LGBTQ+ people and their families.


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Areas of Interest

LGBTQ Health; Health Equity; Substance Use; Mental Health; Youth and Adults

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 social 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.

Ph.D., Family and Child Sciences: Specialization in Family Relations from Florida State University

M.S., Child Development and Family Studies: Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Calumet

B.S., Family Studies and Psychology from Central Michigan University

FMSC 302 Research Methods in Family Science
FMSC 432 Adult Development and Aging in Families

FMSC 820 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Family Science

Fish, J. N., Bishop. M. D., Russell, S. T. (in press). Developmental differences in sexual orientation and gender identity-related substance use disparities: Findings from population-based data. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Fish, J. N. (in press). Future directions in understanding and addressing mental health among LGBTQ youth. The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advanced online publication.

Williams, N. D., & Fish, J. N. (in press). The availability of LGBT-specific mental health and substance abuse treatment in the United States: Findings from two national surveys. Health Services Research. Advanced online publication.

Bishop, M. D., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., & Russell, S. T. (in press). Sexual identity development milestones in three generations of sexual minority people: A national probability sample. Developmental Psychology. Advanced online publication.

Fish, J. N., McInroy, L. B., Paceley, M. P. Williams, N. D., Henderson, S., Levine, D. S., & Edsall, R. N. (in press). “I'm kinda stuck at home with unsupportive parents right now”: LGBTQ Youths' Experiences with COVID-19 and the Importance of Online Support. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advanced online publication.

Fish, J. N., & Rice, C. E. (2020). Life course perspectives on past-year alcohol use disorder between heterosexual and sexual minority adults and associations with discrimination. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(3), 428-436.

Fish, J. N., Russell, B. S., Watson, R. J., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Parent-child relationships and sexual minority youth: Implications for adult alcohol abuse. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49(10), 2034–2046.

Fish, J. N., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts are unsubstantiated, unethical and harmful. American Journal of Public Health, 110(8), 1113-114.

Krueger, E. A., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., Lightfoot, M., Bishop, M., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Comparing national probability and community-based samples of sexual minority adults: Implications and recommendations for population and health researchers. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 1463-1475.

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