Caroline Fisher, MD, PhD

Providing quality, compassionate care for you and your family

Caroline Fisher, MD, PhD

Personal Biography:

A Corvallis native, Dr. Fisher is pleased to return to her hometown and help develop child psychiatry services for the community that raised her. Dr. Fisher specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, and also serves as the program director of the psychiatry residency program and head of child psychiatry. She is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.

She has experience working with psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders, developmental disabilities, autism, and transgendered adolescents. In her practice, Dr. Fisher uses a variety of modalities including hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual, couple, and family therapy, play therapy, and insight-oriented therapy.

Prior to joining Samaritan Mental Health Family Center, Dr. Fisher served as the medical director of a private child psychiatry practice in Massachusetts. During that time, Dr. Fisher also worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she was an assistant professor of psychiatry, helped with the psychiatry residency program, and ran the pediatric neuropsychiatry clinic. She is founding editor of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, and has consulted with various facilities and institutions meeting the needs of children.

Dr. Fisher earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. and a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, where she also earned a doctoral degree in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. Dr. Fisher completed residency training in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child psychiatry at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass.

In her free time, she enjoys eating Willamette Valley fruits, cooking, biking and riding horses. Dr. Fisher is married and has two teenage children.

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor's degree: Dartmouth College
Medical degree: Boston University School of Medicine
Doctoral degree: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency and fellowship training: UMass Memorial Health Care
Board certification: Child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry



  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Child and adolescent psychiatry is the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist uses a knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components.

    Child and adolescent psychiatrists arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient and family. A child and adolescent psychiatrist then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the child or adolescent and family. An integrated approach may involve individual, group or family psychotherapy; medication; and/or consultation with other physicians or professionals from schools, juvenile courts, social agencies or other community organizations.

    In addition, a child psychiatrist is prepared and expected to act as an advocate for the best interests of children and adolescents. Child and adolescent psychiatrists perform consultations in a variety of settings (schools, juvenile courts, social agencies).
  • Psychiatry
    Psychiatry is the treatment and study of mental disorders. Psychiatric assessment typically involves a mental status examination -- the taking of a case history -- and possibly psychological tests. Psychiatric treatment employs a variety of therapeutic modalities including medications, psychotherapy and a wide variety of other treatments.