Dr. Fishman received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. She got her BA and the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a lecturer at San Francisco State University and California State University, Hayward. She joined the faculty at CWRU in September 2003.
- Ethics of Continuing Medical Education Curricula
- Anti-Aging Therapies in Biomedicine
- Effect of Internet and Media Technologies on marketing of health and medical information
Dr. Fishman is interested in empirical bioethics research for the study of new medical technologies. Her dissertation was based on a sociological analysis of the emergence of "sexual dysfunction" in the Viagra and post-Viagra age of biomedical, biotechnological, and pharmaceutical research. She traces the contemporary scientific research trajectories of sexual dysfunction, examining the ethics and contents of clinical trial methods, the relationships among academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and FDA guidelines, and the development of new diagnostic categories to accommodate new drugs. She plans to study new biomedical developments and technologies as they continue to expand into more aspects of people's lives. Her past research has focused largely on gender issues in biomedicine, with particular interest in the conception of sex and gender differences in biomedical research. Some potential projects include examining: how the use of the internet and other media technologies have changed the dissemination and marketing of health and medical information; the ethics of continuing medical education curricula; the increased focus on anti-aging therapies in biomedicine, particularly those directed at perimenopausal and menopausal women.