Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller


Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller is a public health social scientist who specializes in the social and structural determinants of HIV and gender based violence with a particular focus on the intersection of race, gender, and economics. Her research combines ethnographic and statistical methods and draws on multidisciplinary behavioral theories to spotlight the priorities and experiences of marginalized groups in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa.

She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa from 2006-2008, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Swaziland in 2013.

Selected Publications:

1. Ruark A, Fielding-Miller R (co-first authors). Using qualitative methods to validate and contextualize quantitative findings: A case study of research on sexual behavior and gender based violence among young Swazi women. Global Health: Science and Practice. 4(3) 373-383.

2. Fielding-Miller R, Davidson P, Raj A. (2016). Blacks face higher risk of arrest in White neighborhoods. International Journal of Drug Policy, 32 100-103.

3. Fielding-Miller R, Dunkle K, Jama-Shai N, Windle M, Hadley C, Cooper HLF. (2016). The feminine ideal and transactional sex: Navigating respectability and risk in Swaziland. Social Science and Medicine, 158 24-33.

4. Fielding-Miller R, Dunkle K, Murdock D. (2015). “Not everyone can afford an apple a day”: Stigma and food insecurity in rural South African young adults. African Journal of AIDS Research, 14(4) 361-369.

5. Fielding-Miller R, Dunkle K, Cooper HLF, Windle M, Hadley, C. (2015). Cultural consensus modeling to measure transactional sex in Swaziland: Scale building and validation. Social Science and Medicine, 148 25-33.

6. Fielding-Miller R, Mnisi Z, Dlamini N, Baral S, Kennedy C. (2014) 'There is hunger in my community': food security as a cyclically driving force in sex work in Swaziland. BMC Public Health, 14(1) 79.

7. Kennedy CE, Baral SD, Fielding-Miller R, Adams D, Dludlu P, Sithole B, Fonner VA, Mnisi Z, Kerrigan D. (2013)  “They are human beings, they are Swazi”: intersecting stigmas and the positive health, dignity and prevention needs of HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Swaziland. J Int AIDS Society, Suppl 3:18749

8. Surkan PJ, Fielding-Miller R, Melchior M. (2012). Parental relationship satisfaction in French young adults associated with alcohol abuse and dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 37 (3) 313-317

Research Projects:

1. Spatial and structural determinants of HIV testing and linkage to care among high-risk women in Tanzania 

2. Novel dissemination strategies for community-based research

3. Campus Sexual Assault Resistance in Swaziland

4. Secondary trauma among front-line researchers

5. Structural and spatial drivers of IPV and STI risk for Heterosexual Black men in Washington, DC