Sylvia Kay Fisher

Title:
Director in the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Sylvia Kay Fisher, Ph.D., is the Director in the Office of Research and Evalu­ation in the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In her position, Dr. Fisher manages evaluations of diverse federal health programs about health care workforce, maternal and child health, and primary health care ser­vices.  As Director of Evaluation in the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA from 2004 to 2010, Sylvia was project officer for the national evaluation of the systems of care program. She has been a coun­selor and psychological evaluator with children and adults with diverse clinical needs; has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mea­surement, evaluation, systems change, and psychological assessment at several higher education institutions; and has presented and published in numerous academic and professional venues.

Her efforts to improve the health and well-being of LGBT populations include serving on both the Healthy People 2020 Committee on LGBT populations and the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention LGBT Task Force. While at SAMHSA, she launched and chaired a national workgroup to address the needs of youth in systems of care who are LGBT and their families. She received the Leadership Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Lesbian Services Program of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC. Sylvia has co-authored book chapters and papers in professional journals about LGBT populations, including LGBT-headed families.  She is lead editor of the recently published volume Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals.