Affiliation: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Fischer is collaborating with the Center for Injury Epidemiology to examine the impact of circadian rhythm disruption on injury risk. During her tenure, she will apply her expertise on biological rhythms and sleep-wake behavior and advance a risk index model based on work components and individual characteristics. This project involves an extensive systematic review of the literature including quantitative meta-analysis, as well as time-series analyses of daily rhythms in accident and injury risk.
Most recently, Dr. Fischer worked as a research and teaching associate with the Medical Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany. Her research interests focus on the potentials and challenges of individual differences in sleep and circadian rhythms for the design of work schedules. While at the University, Dr. Fischer and colleagues developed, implemented and evaluated a unique shift system that was tailored to employees’ individual sleep preferences (chronotypes). They demonstrated the system’s benefits on several health and safety-related outcomes. Dr. Fischer’s research interests also include understanding the underlying mechanisms of human chronotypes by using mathematical models of the sleep-wake regulatory brain network.
In 2011, Dr. Fischer graduated as a psychologist with a specialization in clinical psychology from the University of Munich, and in 2015, she received her Ph.D. in human biology from the University’s Medical Faculty. In her doctoral thesis, she developed a method to quantify and visualize circadian disruption in rotational shift workers, for which she received an award from the Working Time Society. She has co-authored four peer-reviewed journal papers and a book chapter, and she has presented research at conferences around the world. Currently, she serves as a reviewer for Chronobiology International and the Journal of Biological Rhythms. Dr. Fischer is a member of the Working Time Society, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, European Biological Rhythm Society and Deutsche Arbeitszeitgesellschaft e.V.