​​​​​Monica Fisher

College of Medicine &​
Foundational Sciences Discipline​

Specialty: Epidemiology/Public Health

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 1435
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-1610
Fax: 989-774-1215

Monica Fisher, PhD, DDS, MPH, MS is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Foundational Sciences Discipline at Central Michigan University College of Medicine.  Dr. Fisher received her Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Science, Doctoral of Dental Surgery, and Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Science in Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Fisher is a quantitative analytical epidemiologist with research interests in the area of evidence-based practice, health services research, and health outcomes, focusing on chronic co-morbidities/multiple chronic conditions and health disparities related to diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease and periodontal disease as exemplified in the following selected publications:

  • Ma ZQ, Fisher MA, Kuller LH. School-based HIV/AIDS education is associated with reduced risky sexual behaviors and better grades with gender and race/ethnicity differences. Health Educ Res. 2014;29:330-339.​​
  • Fisher MA, Ma ZQ.  Multiple chronic conditions: Diabetes associated with comorbidity and shared risk factors using CDC WEAT and SAS analytic tools.  J Prim Care Community Health. 2014;5:112-121.
  • Fisher MA, Ma ZQ.  The association between periodontitis and high C-reactive protein in adults with chronic kidney disease is not clearly established.  J Evid Base Dent Pract. 2012;12:171-173.
  • Fisher MA, Taylor GW, West BT, McCarthy ET.  Bidirectional relationship between chronic kidney and periodontal disease:  a study using structural equation modeling.  Kidney Int. 2011:79:347-355.
  • Fisher MA, Borgnakee WS, Taylor GW.  Periodontal disease as a risk marker in coronary heart disease and chronic kidney disease.  Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2010;19:519-526.
  • Paschal AM, Johnston J, Fisher MA, Ablah E, Sellers A, Walker K, Hsiao T.  Examining the relationship between oral health issues and history of dental insurance among uninsured children.  Prev Med. 2010;51:436-437.
  • Fisher MA, McCarthy ET, Manz MC.  Prevalence of gingival overgrowth in renal transplant recipients on sirolimus immunosuppressive therapy is not clearly established.  J Evid Base Dent Pract. 2010;10:93-95.
  • Fisher MA, Mascarenhas AK.  A comparison of medical and dental outcomes for Medicaid­insured and uninsured Medicaid-eligible children: A U.S. population-based study.  JADA. 2009;140:1403-1412.
  • Fisher MA, Taylor GW.  A prediction model for chronic kidney disease includes periodontal disease.  J Periodontal. 2009;80:16-23.
  • Fisher MA, Taylor GW, Shelton BJ, Jamerson KA, Rahman M, Ojo AO, Sehgal AR.  Periodontal disease and other nontraditional risk factors for CKD.  Am J Kidney Dis. 2008;51:45-52.
  • Fisher MA, Taylor GW, Shelton BJ, Debanne S.  Age and race/ethnicity-gender predictors of denying smoking, United States.  J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2008;19:75-89.
  • Dye BA, Fisher MA, Yellowitz JA, Fryar CD, Vargas CM.  Receipt of dental care, dental status and workforce in U.S. nursing homes: 1997 National Nursing Home Survey.  Spec Care Dentist. 2007;27:177-186.
  • Pezzementi ML, Fisher MA.  Oral health status of people with intellectual disabilities in the southeastern United States.  JADA. 2005;136:903-912. 
  • Fisher MA, Taylor GW, Tilashalski KR.  Smokeless tobacco and severe active periodontal disease, NHANES III.  J Dent Res. 2005;84:705-710.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Doctorate
    • University of Michigan
      Rackham Graduate School
      Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Science​
      Ann Arbor, MI
    • University of Michigan
      School of Dentistry
      Doctor of Dental Surgery
      Ann Arbor, MI
  • Graduate
    • University of Michigan
      School of Public Health
      Master of Public Health
      Ann Arbor, MI
    • University of Connecticut
      Master of Science in Cell Biology
      Storrs, CT
  • Undergraduate
    • Northern Michigan University
      Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry
      Marquette, MI
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health
  • Michigan dental license
Specialty Interests:
Preventive Medicine, Community/Public Health, Family Medicine, Health Services Research

Awards & Honors:
  • American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Fellowship (Minnie Cumnock Blodgett Endowed Fellowship).
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award.
  • 83rd International Association of Dental Research/34th American Association of Dental Research Press Release:
    • Fisher MA, Mascarenhas AK, Dye BA.  Medical and Dental Health Disparities among Medicaid Eligible Children, NHANES III.
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry