Prudence W. Fisher, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Fisher’s main research focus is on the development and testing of assessment measures for children and adolescents. She is knowledgeable about assessment issues and actively collaborates with investigators at Columbia and many other institutions and consults with federal and state agencies. Fisher has been instrumental in the development of numerous versions of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC), the most widely used diagnostic interview for youth, and of many other widely used measures, including the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS), the Columbia Impairment Scale, and the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), among others. Currently Fisher is Principal Investigator on a CDC funded project to update the DISC for DSM-5. Fisher was an advisor to five of the DSM-5 workgroups/committees and principal investigator on one of the DSM-5 child field trials. She also received two contracts from American Psychiatric Association to undertake analyses to inform DSM-5 decisions. In addition to her work on the DISC, Fisher is currently leading a privately funded project to prepare an application to include NVLD in the future DSM updates and is Co-Principal Investigator on a protocol to develop, manualize and test an equine-assisted therapy protocol for veterans with PTSD.
Amy Margolis, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a pediatric neuropsychologist with 20 years of clinical experience. Margolis is funded by the NVLD Project to study the neural correlates of intelligence and how discrepancies between abilities arise in individuals and may contribute to learning disabilities such as NonVerbal Learning Disability. She is also funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science to study the effects of prenatal exposure to neurotoxicants such as second hand smoke and air pollution on neurodevelopment.