Tom Fish, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.

Director of Social Work & Family Support Services

Social Programs, LEND

(614) 685-8723



Social Work and Family Support Services


  • Sibling Care Giving
  • Adult Literacy
  • Sibling awareness and involvement with Transition
  • clinical trials


Dr. Fish is the founder of the Next Chapter Book Club, a community literacy and friendship program with over 225 clubs throughout the country. He also was part of a team that developed the Aspirations program at The Ohio State University which was one of the first social/ vocational support programs for young adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Dr. Fish has been a leader in the field of sibling support and advocacy. He established the first adult sibling conference of its kind in the country and was a founding member of both Ohio SIBS and the national Sibling Leadership Network. Dr. Fish was a recipient of a Mary Switzer Research Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research for his work on attitudes of families of youth with disabilities toward transition from school to adult life. Dr. Fish is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, former treasurer of the Ohio APSE Board, and serves as an adviser to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). He teaches at The Ohio State College of Social Work and is a founding member of the National Sibling Leadership Network.