NEW YORK—Since July 2005, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Celia Fisher, Ph.D., Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham, three research grants totaling more than $2.6 million.
“These grants will serve as a continuation of the Center for Ethics Education’s national prominence as a producer of research on health care ethics and high risk research,” said Fisher.
In September, the NIH awarded Fisher a three-year, $1,512,371 grant to collect information that can improve the responsible conduct of research involving drug use and drug-related risk among the economically disadvantaged. The project, “Participant Perspectives in Drug Use/HIV Research Ethics,” will include interviews of street drug users in an attempt to learn more about ethical issues, including HIV risk.
Fisher also received a two-year, $400,000 NIH grant in August for a project titled, “Mentoring the Responsible Conduct of Research,” which will use an innovative Internet-based survey to examine the role of faculty mentorship on research ethics in graduate psychology programs throughout the country.
In July, the NIH awarded Fisher a three-year grant for $771,630 to expand Fordham’s alcohol prevention efforts through the “Fordham Resident Alcohol Prevention Program.” Working closely with the University’s Office of Student Affairs, the program will offer training for resident advisers, build parental involvement in freshmen decisions to use alcohol, and explore the ways that faculty and student peers can become positive role models for responsible decision making about alcohol use.
The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education was created in 1999 to contribute to Fordham’s commitment to cultivating lifelong habits of critical thinking, moral reflection and articulate expression. Drawing upon the Jesuit traditions of Wisdom & Learning and Men and Women for Others and the rich human diversity of New York City, the center sponsors activities that provide students, faculty, professionals and the public with knowledge and skills to study, inform and shape a just society that nurtures the full-flourishing of peoples of diverse faiths and cultures. To learn more about the center’s full range of educational and research activities, visitwww.fordhamethics.org.