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Psychologist Roger H. Fisher
Will Surrender License
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Roger H. Fisher, Ph.D., a psychologist who provided expert
testimony in many child custody cases, will surrender his license
effective February 28, 2003 . The license surrender is deemed
to be a permanent revocation based on grounds of "competence;
negligence; impaired objectivity and dual relationships."
In June 2002, Fisher entered a consent agreement with the Ohio
Board of Psychology to restrict his practice . Under Ohio law,
psychologists involved in custody cases can only testify about
parents they examine and should not offer opinions about who is
the best parent. According to a report by WLWT Eyewitness News,
the board had received many angry complaints about Dr. Fisher
The Board's action was triggered by a complaint by the mother
of a 5-year, 9-month-old boy whom Dr. Fisher had seen once at
the behest of the child's father. The consent agreement notes
that Fisher sent the father's attorney a report that was intended
for use in pending litigation. The report questioned the mother's
parenting ability by remarking on her psychological stability,
"personality changes," "mood swings," allegedly
bizarre behavior, and emotional capacity to be a positive parent
in a divorced family. In the consent agreement, Fisher:
- Admitted that he violated two of Ohio's Rules of Professional
Conduct (negligence and competence) in connection with testimony
about the behavior and mental state of a woman he had not examined.
- Agreed to discontinue rendering services to families, parents
and/or children as an expert or evaluator for matters in Domestic
Relations Court regarding parenting, custody, or visitation.
- Pledged to disclaim that he has sufficient expertise to perform
as an expert or evaluator for matters in Domestic Relations Court
regarding parenting, custody, or visitation.
- Pledged to stop offering "any hypothesis, impression,
or diagnostic supposition regarding any party or individual with
whom he has not been engaged directly in a professional relationship,
and with whom he has not had direct contact." 
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This article was revised on December
- Target 5: Local
psychologist to wrap up practice amid pressure. WLWT Eyewitness
News, Dec 9, 2002.
Board of Psychology disciplinary actions. Ohio Board of Psychology
Web site, accessed Dec 17, 2002.
- Consent agreement between Roger H. Fisher, Ph.D. and the
(Ohio) State Board of Psychology. June 29, 2001.
- Target 5: Was doctor's testimony biased? WLWT Eyewitness
News 5 at 11 pm., March 7, 2002.