Jessica Fish is a human development and family studies scholar with interests in LGBTQ health and well-being. She joined the Population Research Center and the Human Development and Family Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral research fellow in Fall 2015.
Jessica’s research focuses on LGBTQ mental health and alcohol use and how between- and within-group differences identify risk for this population. Her overall research goals are to explore mechanisms that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities and to disseminate this understanding in ways that inform programming and policy aimed at promoting the positive development, health, and well-being of LGBTQ youth and adults.
Areas of Interest
- LGBTQ alcohol use and mental health
- LGBTQ youth developmental
- Minority stress influences on mental and behavioral health
Jessica is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (1F32AA023138-01A1). This three-year project explores how individual and experiential differences contribute to sexual minority alcohol use and alcohol use disorders across adolescence and into adulthood. The project will focus on between- and within-group differences that elucidate risk for alcohol use and identify modifiable contributing factors to inform targeted prevention and intervention strategies aimed at reducing excessive alcohol use and alcohol use disorders within the LGBQ population.
Russell, S. T. & Fish, J. N. (2016). Mental Health in LGBT Youth. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 465-487. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-021815-093153
Fish, J. N. & Pasley, K. (2015). Sexual (minority) trajectories, mental health, and alcohol use: A longitudinal study of youth as they transition to adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1508-1527. doi: 10.1007/s10964-015-0280-6
Fish, J. N., Maier, C. A., & Priest, J. B. (2014). Substance abuse treatment response in a Latino sample: The influence of family conflict. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2014.07.011
Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., Fish, J. N., Rodriguez, J. E., & Denton, W. H. (2014). Relational discord in urban primary care: Prevalence rates and psychiatric comorbidities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25, 913-929. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0101
Fish, J. N., Holman, E., Oswald, R. F., & Goldberg, A. E. (2016, May). Psychometric testing of The LGBT Climate Inventory: Hostility and support are not two sides of the same coin. Paper presented at the 4th Annual LGBT Research Symposium: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on LGBT Research in the Social Sciences, Champaign, IL.
Fish, J. N., & Day, J. K. (2015, November) LGBQ disparities in alcohol use trajectories from adolescence to adulthood. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
Russell, S. T., Fish, J. N., Ioverno, S., & Grossman, A. H. (2015, November). HeteroQueers? Investigating heterosexuality in a sample of LGBTQ Youth. Symposium on Other letters: Hidden Diversity among LGBTQ. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
Day, J. K., Fish, J. N., Russell, S. T., Grossman, A. H. (2015, November). GSAs, affirmative policy, and LGBQ student perceptions of school support. Symposium on LGBT youth in community contexts. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.
Fish, J. N., Day, J. K., Tanaka, A. A., Russell, S. T., & Grossman, A. H. (2015, May). LGBQ social support profiles and their associations with mental health and substance use. 3rd Annual LGBT Research Symposium: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities of LGBT Research in the Social Sciences, Champaign, IL.
Fish, J. N. & Pasley, K. (2015, March). Sexual minority youth mental health: Outcomes over time and the influence of context. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Fish, J. N. & Pasley, K. (2014, November). A multidimensional approach to assessing sexual minority status and mental health. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Baltimore, MD.
Fish, J. N. & Pasley, K. (2014, May). Reconstructing the mosaic: Why intersectionality matters in sexual minority research. 2nd Annual LGBT Research Symposium: Paper presentation at the Methodological Challenges and Opportunities of LGBT Research in the Social Sciences, Champaign, IL.