Sycarah Fisher, PhD


Dr. Sycarah Fisher received her doctoral training in School Psychology at Michigan State University with an emphasis on working with culturally diverse populations. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in New Orleans, Louisiana focusing on Response to Intervention within urban school systems. After the completion of her degree, she served for 3 years as a School Psychologist at an urban charter school in Washington, DC. Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on improving life outcomes for diverse populations. This manifests itself in two lines of research. The first involves examining models of risk and resilience related to mental health and substance use for African American adolescents. The second line of research focuses on the implementation of expanded school mental health services and substance use preventive interventions in low-income minority serving schools.

Dr. Fisher is currently working on projects that involve community based participatory research. Specifically, she is working with local high needs school districts to support mental health providers in the implementation of evidence-based practices. This work focuses on intervention uptake, as well as identifying and addressing barriers to implementation.


  • Adolescent substance use
  • Adolescent mental health
  • School-based prevention and interventions
  • Minority populations
  • Implementation science / Health services research


  •  Ph.D in School Psychology, 2009
    Michigan State University
  •  M.A in School Psychology, 2005
    Michigan State University
  •  B.A in Psychology, 2004
    Hampton University



Research Summary

Dr. Fisher is currently accepting students.