Phil Fisher
Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Translational Neuroscience


  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • Language acquisition
  • Low-income students
  • Mental health
  • Poverty
  • Reading and literacy
  • Remediation and intervention

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. At the University of Oregon, he is a Philip H. Knight Chair, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Translational Neuroscience, operating the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Lab, which is part of the university’s Prevention Science Institute. Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children’s ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school. Phil is the science director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, based at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the co-principal investigator on the Translational Drug Abuse Prevention (TDAP) Center, which works to increase the understanding of the effects of early adversity and risk in decision-making and behavior policy and practice in child welfare systems.