Nancy Fiedler, PhD (she/her/hers)
Nancy Fielder, Ph.D., serves as a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, Dr. Fiedler investigates the human health effects of neurotoxicants. Dr. Fiedler received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. She completed a clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry of Rutgers Medical School followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in community psychology at the St. Clare Hospital.
Dr. Fiedler investigates the human health effects of neurotoxicants. As the principal investigator of grants funded by NIOSH, DOD, and NIEHS, her research has focused on interactions between complex environmental exposure (e.g., volatile organic compounds) and psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, sex) on symptoms and neurobehavioral function. Identifying demographic, genotypic, or psychosocial environmental factors that mediate human subject responses to xenobiotic exposures is central to her work. With Fogarty grants funded through the NIEHS since 2010, her work has extended to global environmental health research and research capacity building. Dr. Fiedler is currently leading an NIEHS funded birth cohort study in Thailand to investigate the effects of organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticide exposure during each trimester of pregnancy, with the goal of defining critical windows of vulnerability that contribute to neurodevelopmental deficits. This unique project applies infant measures of attention, memory, emotion regulation, and inhibitory control to understand how prenatal neurotoxic insecticides affect the neurodevelopmental trajectory in this vulnerable population.