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Jessica Fish

Associate Professor, Family Science (Primary)
Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Co-Director, 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.

Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

LGBTQ+ health equity; LGBTQ+ youth development; LGBTQ+ people in families; Substance use; Mental health; Prevention; Policy

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

2024  John B. Reid Early Career Award, Society for Prevention Research

2023  University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

2022  National Institutes of Health, Sexual & Gender Minority Early-Stage Investigator Award

2022  Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Gamma Zeta Chapter) Induction

2022  The 2021 Rosalind Franklin Society/Mary Ann Liebert Award in Science, Annual award for the best paper by a woman/under-represented minority

2021  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Planning Committee for the Reducing Inequalities Between LGBTQ Adolescents and Cisgender, Heterosexual Adolescents Workshop

2020  Lavender Leadership Honor Society, University of Maryland

2019  Cindy Winter Scholarship Award, Student or New Professional Leadership/Service in Family Science, National Council on Family Relations

2017  Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) Trainee, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute of Health

2017  Abstract of Distinction, Society for Prevention Research

2014  Families and Health Section Outstanding Student/New Professional Paper Award, National Council on Family Relations

2014  Hortense Glenn Society (scholarship, leadership, and service), Florida State University

2013  May Watson Conner Scholarship, Florida State University

2012  Robison Scholarship, Florida State University

2011  Family Therapy Section Best Poster Award (Student), National Council on Family Relations

2011  Completed Thesis Award, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

2010  Graduate Student Research Award, Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

You can review my list of publicaitons on Google Scholar.

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