Edwin B Fisher, PhD

336A Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440
T: 919-966-3918
F: 919-966-2921

1972          State University of New York at Stony Brook          PhD, Clinical Psychology
1968          Amherst College, Massachusetts                             AB, Psychology

HBEH 756-001          Social and Peer Support in Health: An Ecological and Global Perspective        Syllabus

Research interests
Global health
Health behavior
Mental Health

Research activities

Dr. Fisher is Global Director of Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation that promotes peer support in health, health care and prevention around the world. With projects in 9 countries and over 60 collaborating groups, Peers for Progress is building the evidence base for peer support interventions, disseminating resources for program development and quality improvement, and promoting the integration of peer support in health care and preventive services. This work also draws upon Dr. Fisher’s research on Nondirective and Directive types of social support in health and quality of life. From 2002-2009, he served as National Program Director of the Diabetes Initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing the contributions of diabetes self management programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers and community based programs. Dr. Fisher has published widely in prevention, chronic disease management and quality of life addressing asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, smoking, and weight management. He is a past-president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and has served on the boards of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Lung Association.

Select publications
Fisher, E.B., Boothroyd, R.I., Coufal, M.M., Baumann, L.C., Mbanya, J.C., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Sanguanprasit, B., & Tanasugarn, C. (2012)
Peer support for self-management of diabetes improved outcomes in international settings.
Health Affairs, 31, p.130-139.

Fisher, E.B., Fitzgibbon, M.L, Glasgow, R.E., Haire-Joshu, D., Hayman, L.L., Kaplan, R.M., Nanney, M.S., & Ockene, J.K. (2011).
Behavior Matters.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40, p.e15-e30.

Fisher EB, Earp JA, Maman S, Zolotor A. (2010).
Cross-cultural and international adaptation of peer support for diabetes management.
Family Practice, Suppl. 1, p.i6-i16.

Gabriele JM, Carpenter BD, Tate DF, Fisher EB. (2011).
Directive and Nondirective E-Coach Support for Weight Loss in Overweight Adults.
Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 4, p.252-263.

Fisher, E.B., Green, L., Calvert, A.L., & Glasgow, R.E. (2011).
Incentives in the Modification and Cessation of Cigarette Smoking.
Learning and Conditioning Theory: Human and Non-Human Applications. New York: Oxford