Research on systems involved with severely mentally ill adults; Mental health policy and law; Interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems; Social deviance and social control; Statistical analysis and research methodology; Social epidemiology of mental disorders.
William H. Fisher, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Massachusetts Lowell and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Fisher received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University and was a Christopher Walker Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mental Health Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His chief areas of interest are the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems, mental health law, and statistics and research design. He has been principal or co-investigator on grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and edited three volumes in the Elsevier Research on Community Mental Health series. He was founding co-director of the NIMH - funded Center for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research and, while at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, served as founding director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He was elected chair of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association in 2002 and in 2001 was recipient of the Mental Health Section Award. In 2005 he received the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award.