Faculty & Staff

Terri D Fisher

Visiting Professor of Psychology
B.A., Wake Forest University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Georgia

Terri Fisher happily joined the faculty at Sewanee in 2016 after a 33 year career at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Prior to moving to Ohio for her job, she attended Wake Forest University as an undergraduate and then earned her PhD from the University of Georgia. Dr. Fisher is glad to be in the South again, especially since she is now living much closer to her family.

Most of Dr. Fisher’s research and scholarly activity has centered on aspects of human sexuality. For many years, she primarily examined the extent and impact of parent-child communication about sexuality, but more recently Fisher’s research has focused on the role of the research context, societal expectations, and gender stereotyping on gender and personality differences in reports of various aspects of sexual behavior.

In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Fisher has co-edited three books: Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (Routledge, 2011), Speaking of Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Readings (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Current Directions in Human Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (Pearson, 2010). Fisher is a Past-President of the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and a Fellow of SSSS. She is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Sex Research and recently served on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Fisher has won awards for her research, her service, and her leadership.

Fisher splits her time between Sewanee and Signal Mountain, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. She also has two sons, but fortunately they are both self-sufficient young adults. On Statudays, she is a volunteer docent at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Courses offered

100 Introduction to Psychology

213 Comparative Sexual Behavior