Carolyn (Carrie) Fisher, PhD

Research and Evaluation Scientist


Carolyn (Carrie) Fisher is a Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Institute for Community Health.

Carrie is an anthropologist with interests in applied and evaluation research, innovative research methods, health and public health, and research with difficult-to-reach populations. Her early interest in these topics began with work at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, CT, where she participated in bilingual research with a largely immigrant population struggling with mental health and addiction to address topics including: health care accessibility; HIV transmission routes; and needle exchange efficacy.

Her dissertation described her research with a rural community of impoverished farmers in northern Nicaragua. It took a historical view of the series of interactions members of this community had with various development non-profits and state agencies and coffee farming cooperatives, and described the long-term impact of multiple short-term interventions in the area.  She developed a graphical life history timeline methodology in order to address the challenge of conducting historical research with people with low literacy levels.

Most recently before coming to ICH, Carrie did patient-reported outcomes research with populations living with such conditions as diabetes, hemophilia, and human growth hormone deficiency.

Carrie earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire.