Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Marisa Fisher is an associate professor of special education, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D) and the co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH. Her research focuses on understanding and decreasing social vulnerability among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and supporting the social acceptance of individuals with IDD in the community. She is specifically interested in measuring the various types of victimization experienced by individuals with IDD and in designing interventions to decrease vulnerability. She has studied victimization in the forms of child abuse, bullying, stranger danger, and exploitation across the lifespan. As the co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH, Fisher and her students provide support to high school students with IDD who are transitioning from school to work as they participate in internship experiences across the university. Fisher`s research specific to Spartan Project SEARCH examines behavioral supports necessary to promote success in the work and community environment, the outcomes of participating students, and the impact of the program of attitudes toward and acceptance of individuals with IDD in the workplace. She currently has a research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to examine the impact of social skills instruction on employment outcomes for students in Project SEARCH.