Aaron Fisher
Assistant Professor
3431 Tolman
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
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Person-specific methodologies; formulation of personalized interventions; psychotherapy; psychophysiology of anxiety disorders; classification of psychopathology.
  • whatshotResearch Description

    I received my degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University where I conducted psychopathology and psychotherapy research on mood and anxiety disorders and acquired a broad range of quantitative skills, including latent variable modeling and multivariate time series analysis.

    The broad goal of my research is to understand psychopathology as a set of dynamic processes – in which thoughts, feelings, and actions are idiosyncratically organized within each individual.

    Research in my lab can be broadly categorized within the following domains.

    Personalized Assessment and Psychotherapy: Here we use intensive repeated measures of ambulatory data to generate person-specific models of psychopathology, and to personalize the delivery of psychotherapy to individual profiles and needs.
    Psychophysiology of Trauma and Distress: I am currently using experimental and ecological paradigms to investigate the potential physiological correlates of depression, anxiety, and trauma.  My interest is to explore the phenomenology and function of physiological parameters in order to begin to understand the complex connections between psychopathology and health.
  • placeSelected Publications

    Fisher, A.J., Reeves, J.W., & Chi, C. (2016). Dynamic RSA: Examining parasympathetic regulatory dynamics via vector-autoregressive modeling of time-varying RSA and heart period.  Psychophysiology, 53, 1093-1099. 

    Fisher, A.J. & Boswell, J.F. (2016). Enhancing the Personalization of Psychotherapy with Dynamic Assessment and Modeling.  Assessment, 23, 496-506. 

    Fisher, A.J. (2015). Toward a dynamic model of psychological assessment: Implications for personalized care.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 825-836

    Clasen, P.C., Fisher, A.J., & Beevers, C.G. (2015). Mood-reactive self-esteem and depression: Person-specific symptom dynamics via smart phone assessment. PLoS ONE, 10(7): e0129774

    Fisher, A.J. & Woodward, S.H. (2014). Cardiac stability at differing levels of temporal analysis in panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and healthy controls.  Psychophysiology, 51, 80-87.

    Fisher, A. J. & Newman, M. G. (2013). Heart rate and autonomic response to stress after experimental induction of worry versus relaxation in healthy, high-worry, and generalized anxiety disorder inpiduals. Biological Psychology, 93(1): 65-74.

  • filter_dramaTeaching

    Structural Equation Modeling
    Health Psychology