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About Benjamin Fisher

Ben Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in Community Research and Action with a minor in Quantitative Methods from Vanderbilt University in 2016. His research interests center on school safety, with particular interests in school security measures, exclusionary discipline, perceptions of safety at school, school climate, and inequalities in these areas. His dissertation, School Resource Officers, Exclusionary Discipline, and the Role of Context, was funded by the National Institute of Justice through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In January 2017, Dr. Fisher will begin two projects funded through the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, including School Climate, Student Discipline, and the Implementation of School Resource Officers (principal investigator) and Understanding the Adoption, Function, and Consequences of School Resource Officer Use in Understudied Settings (co-principal investigator).
Before getting his Ph.D., Dr. Fisher worked as a Youth Advocate for high school students in Harrisburg, PA, where he helped students meet their goals of completing high school, pursuing post-secondary education, and securing employment.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Louisville Department of Criminal Justice

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - Present National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
National Institute of Justice
The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing
Role: Investigator
Colleague(s): M. Nation, P. Speer, D. Diehl, E. E. Tanner-Smith, A. Voight, J. Freudenthal, C. Stenson
2017 - 2018 National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
National Institute of Justice
School climate, school discipline, and the implementation of school resource officers
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): C. Dawson-Edwards, K. M. Swartz
2017 - 2018 National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative
National Institute of Justice
Understanding the adoption, function, and consequences of school resource officer use in understudied settings
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): F. C. Curran, A. Kupchik
2011 - 2016 Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarship ($10,000 annually)
Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarship
2014 - 2014 National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship
National Institute of Justice
The effectiveness of school resource officers in Tennessee high schools.
Role: Principal Investigator
2013 - 2013 American Psychological Association Student Travel Grant
American Psychological Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Place Poster Competition, Gardella, J. H. & Fisher, B. W. “A meta-analysis of cyber-victimization and academic outcomes for adolescents,” Poster presentation at Tennessee Psychological Association. Nashville, Tennessee, October, 2014.
  • 2008-Outstanding Senior Psychology Student Award Messiah College, Grantham, PA
  • 2004-Trustee’s Scholarship – Full tuition scholarship for 4 years Messiah College, Grantham, PA


  • Applied Adult Development (Vanderbilt University)
  • Systematic Inquiry (Vanderbilt University)
  • Research in Counseling (Vanderbilt University)


2016 Ph.D., Vanderbilt University ‐ Community Research and Action
2011 M.A., Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg ‐ Community Psychology and Social Change
2008 B.A., Messiah College ‐ Psychology

Contact Information

Rm 210 Brigman Hall
Phone: (502) 852-6732
Fax: (502) 852-0065


Peer-Reviewed Articles (15)

Book Chapters (3)