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Brenna Fisher

by Karissa Rodgers Apr 18, 2017
Brenna Fisher

2017/18 Honors Thesis Fellow

Paterno Fellow


Brenna Fisher, a native of Washington, D.C. is a junior double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. Brenna is a Schreyer Honor Scholar, a Paterno Fellow, and a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy. Outside of class, she is a cadet in Army ROTC, the president of the Penn State Criminology Club, and is on the executive board for her THON organization, A-7. She has participated in study abroad trips to Russia, Peru, and Australia. Additionally, she is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. In her free time, Brenna enjoys volunteering at Oaks Retirement Home and Centre County Paws, and competing in triathlons.

Brenna Fisher and Professor Eric Silver will be conducting research to determine how sexual abuse and victimization as a child affects moral development. Specifically, the thesis will explore how sexual abuse affects the moral foundations, a sociological theory pioneered by Jonathan Haidt. Using a survey developed jointly by Dr. Silver and the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis, she will analyze responses by all Icelandic Adolescents, aged 16-19. This research will further develop the theory of the moral foundations, which was only introduced in 2012. Additionally, it will allow for further insight into the sensitive subject of sexual abuse survivors and victimization.