Carolyn (Carrie) Fisher, PhD

Research and Evaluation Scientist


Carolyn (Carrie) Fisher (She/her/hers) is a Research and Evaluation Scientist at the Institute for Community Health. At ICH, Carrie leads evaluation and applied research projects with a focus on health-related advocacy and policy, trauma and trauma-informed approaches to evaluation, qualitative methods, and equitable evaluation. She has lectured and led workshops and webinars on community engagement, trauma-
informed approaches, and qualitative methods for a wide range of audiences.

Carrie earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her dissertation, From Incentives to Ayudas, was based on fieldwork in rural Nicaragua and described the history and dynamics of interactions between a community of impoverished, small-scale coffee farmers and the various development agencies that have worked in the area between 1979 and 2006. Carrie lives in a yellow house with her partner, 3 kids, 2 cats, and 1 guinea pig, and she is a hard-core morning person. And yes, she’s heard all your Princess Leia jokes.