Roberta F. White, PhD

Boston VA Medical Center
150 South Huntington Avenue. D6-156
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: 617-278-4517
Fax: 617-278-4448
Graduate School: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (1978)
Special Interests: Neuropsychology, Neurotoxic exposures, Cognitive and Behavioral Effects of Exposure to Neurotoxicants Epidemiology, and Environmental Health


White, RF (Ed.) Clinical Syndromes in Adult Neuropsychology: The Practitioner’s Handbook. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 1992.


Baker, E.L., Feldman, R.G., White R.F., Harley, J.P.: The role of occupational lead exposure in the genesis of psychiatric and behavioral disturbance. ACTA Psychiatrica(Scandinavia), 1982.

Baker, E.L., Feldman, R.G., White R.F., Harley, J.P., Dinse, G., Berkey, K: Monitoring neurotoxins in industry: Development of a neurobehavioral test battery. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 5:125-130, 1983.

Baker, E.L., Feldman, R.G., White, R.F., Harley, J.P., Niles, C. Dinse G., Berkey K: Occupational lead neurotoxicity, a behavioral and electrophysiologic evaluation: I. Study design and year one results. British Journal of Industrial Medicine. 41:352-361, 1984.

Baker, E.L., White, R.F: Chronic effects of organic solvents on the central nervous system and diagnostic criteria. World Health Organization (Copenhagen) and Nordic Council of Ministers (Oslo). Reprinted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1985.

Baker, E.L., White, R.F., Murawski B: Clinical evaluation of neurobehavioral effects of occupational exposure to organic solvents and lead. International Journal of Mental Health, 14:135-158, 1985.

Baker, E.L., White, R.F., Pothier, L.J., Berky, C.S., Dinse, G.E., Travers, P.H., Harley, J.P., Feldman, R.G: Occupational lead neurotoxicity – II. Improvement in behavioral effects following exposure reduction. British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 42:507-516, 1985.

Feldman, R.G., White, R.F., Currie, J.M., Travers, P.H., Lessell, S: Long-term follow-up after single toxic exposure to trichloroethylene. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 8:119-126, 1985.

White, R.F.: The role of the neuropsychologist in the evaluation of toxic central nervous system disorders. Seminars in Occupational Medicine, 1:191-196, 1986.

White, R.F., Feldman, R.G.: Neuropsychological assessment of toxic encephalopathy. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 11:395-398, 1987.

White, R.F.: Differential diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease and solvent encephalopathy in older workers. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1:153-160, 1987.

White, R.F.: The role of neuropsychological testing in the assessment of solvent exposure. The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Report, 2:54-56, 1988.

White, R.F.: Differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and solvent encephalopathy. In B. Johnson (Ed.) Advances in Neurobehavioral Toxicology: Application in Environmental and Occupational Health. Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers, 1990, pp. 183-188.

Proctor, S.P., White, R.F.: Critical evaluation of test batteries and their use in epidemiology. In B. Johnson (Ed.) Advances in Neurobehavioral Toxicology: Application in Environmental and Occupational Health. Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers, 1990, pp. 273-281.

White, R.F., Feldman, R.G., Travers, P.H.: Neurobehavioral effects of toxicity due to metals, solvents and insecticides. Clinical Neuropharmacology, 13:392-412, 1990.

White, R.F., Proctor, S.P.: Research and clinical criteria for the development of neurobehavioral test batteries. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 34:140-148, 1992.

White, R.F., Feldman, R.G., Moss, M.B., Proctor ,S.P.: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neurobehavioral testing and toxic encephalopathy: Two cases. Environmental Research, 61:117-123, 1993.

Feldman, R.G., White, R.F.: Lead neurotoxicity and disorders of learning and attention. Journal of Child Neurology, 7:354-359, 1993.

White, R.F., Diamond, R., Proctor, S.P., Morey, C., Hu, H.: Residual cognitive deficits 50 years after childhood plumbism. British Journal of Industrial Medicine, 50:613-622, 1993.

Feldman, R.G., White, R.F., Eriator I. Trimethyltin encephalopathy. Archives of Neurology, 50:1320-1324, 1993.

Rocksay, A., Robins, T.G., Echeverria, D., Schork, M.A., Seixas, N.S., White, R.F., Proctor, S.P.: Estimation of cumulative exposure to naphtha at a fuel-injector automotive manufacturing plant. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 54:482-487, 1993.

Nelson, N.A., Robins, T.G., Garrison, R.P., Schuman, M., White, R.F.: Historical characterization of exposure to mixed solvents for an epidemiologic study of automotive assembly plant workers. Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 8:693-702, 1993.

Rocksay A., Robins T.G., Schork M.A., Echeverria D., White R.F.: Renal effects of naphtha exposure among automotive workers. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 35:617-622, 1993.

White, RF, Proctor SP. Solvent encephalopathy. Chapter in Parks RW, Zec RF, Wilson RS (Eds.). Neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

White R.F., Feldman R.G., Moss M.B., Proctor S.P.: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neurobehavioral testing and toxic encephalopathy: Two cases. In Araki, S. (Ed.), Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational and Environmental Health. San Diego, Academic Press, pp. 477-484, 1994.

Feldman R.G., White R.F., Eriator I.I., Jabre J.F., Feldman E.S., Niles V.A.: Neurotoxic effects of trichloroethylene in drinking water: Approach to diagnosis. In Isaacson R, Jansen K (Eds.). The Vulnerable Brain and Environmental Risks, Vol 3. New York: Plenum Corp, 1994.

White R.F., Robins T.G., Proctor S.P., Echeverria D., Rocksay A.: Neuropsychological effects of naphtha exposure among automotive workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 51:1102-1112, 1994.

Goldman R.H., Kalis S.N., White R.F., Hu H.: Lead poisoning from mobilization of bone stores during thyrotoxicosis. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 25:417-424, 1994.

White R.F., Debes F., Dahl R., Grandjean P.: Developmental and field testing of a neuropsychological test battery to assess the effects of methlymercury exposure in the Faroe Islands. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Assessment of Environmental Pollution and Health Effects from Methylmercury. World Health Organization, 1994.

Nelson N.A., Robins T.G., White R.F., Garrison R.P.: A case control study of chronic neuropsychiatric disease and organic solvent exposure in automobile assembly plant workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 51:302-307, 1994.

Grandjean P., Weihe P., White R.F.: Milestone development in infants: Benefits related to breastfeeding despite contamination of human milk with neurotoxicants. Neurotoxicology, 16:27-34, 1995.

White R.F., Proctor S.P., Echeverria D., Schweikert J., Feldman R.G.: Neurobehavioral effects of acute and chronic mixed solvent exposure in the silk screening industry. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 28:221-231, 1995.

Diamond R, White, RF, Gerr F, Feldman RG.: A case of developmental exposure to inorganic mercury. Child Neuropsychology, 1:140-149, 1995.

Echeverria D, White, RF, Sampaio C.: A behavioral evaluation of PCE exposure in patients and dry cleaners: A possible relationship between clinical and pre-clinical effects. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 37:667-680, 1995.

White, RF, Grandjean P.: An overview on human studies on CNS effects of methylmercury. Proceedings of National Forum on Mercury in Fish. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, EPA 823-R-95-002, 109-112, 1995.

White, RF, Proctor SP.: Clinico-neuropsychological assessment methods in behavioral neurotoxicology. In Chang L (Ed.). Handbook of Neurotoxicology, San Diego. Academic Press, Ch 46, 711 726, 1995.

White, RF.: Clinical neuropsychological investigation of solvent neurotoxicity. WK Anger (Ed.). Section II. Organic solvents and industrial chemicals. Volume II. Effects and mechanisms. LW Chang (Ed.). Handbook of Neurotoxicology. Marcel Dekker, 355-376, 1995.

White, RF, Krengel M.: Toxicant-induced encephalopathy. BP Rourke (Ed.) Syndrome of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Manifestations in Neurological Disease, Disorder and Dysfunction. Guilford, 460-475, 1995.

White, RF, Feldman RG, Proctor SP.: Behavioral syndromes in neurotoxicology. In BS Fogel, RB Schiffler, SM Rao (Eds). Neuropsychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook. Williams & Wilkins, Ch 41, 959-971, 1996.

Proctor SP, White, RF, Robins TG, Echeverria D, Rocskay AZ. : The effect of overtime work on cognitive function in automotive workers. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 22:124-132, 1996.

Feldman RG, White, RF.: Role of the neurologist in hazard identification and risk assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives, 104 (Supp 2):1-14, 1996.

Weihe P, Grandjean PA, Debes F, White, RF.: Health implications of the Faroe Islanders of heavy metals and PCBs from pilot whales. Science of the Total Environment, 186:141-148, 1996.

Grandjean P, White, RF, Weihe P. Neurobehavioral epidemiology. Application in risk assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives, 103 (Suppl.): 18:413-419, 1996.

White, RF, Diamond R, Krengel M, Lindem K, Feldman RG, Letz R, Eisen E, Wegman D. Validation of the NES2 in neurologic patients. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 18:441-448, 1996.

Krengel M, White, RF, Diamond R, Letz R, Cyrus P, Durso R. A comparison of NES2 and traditional neuropsychological tests in a neurologic patient sample. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 18:435-439, 1996.

White, RF.: Faroe Islands study. Proceedings, 1997 American Fisheries Society Forum on Contaminants in Fish. Seattle: EVS Environmental Consultants, 1997.

White, RF, Feldman RG, Eriator II, Jabre JF, Niles CA. Hazardous waste and neurobehavioral effects: A developmental perspective. Environmental Research 73:113-124, 1997.

White, RF, Proctor SP. Solvents and neurotoxicity. The Lancet, 349:1239-1242, 1997.

Murata K, Araki S, Yokoyama K, Okumura T, Ishimatsu S, Takasu N, White, RF. Asymptomatic sequelae to acute Sarin poisoning in the central and autonomic nervous system six months after Tokyo subway attack. Journal of Neurology, 244:601-606, 1997.

Grandjean P, Weihe P, White, RF, Debes F, Araki S, Yokoyama K, Murata K, Sorensen N, Dahl R, Jorgensen PJ. Cognitive deficit in 7-year-old children with prenatal exposure to methylmercury. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 20:1-12, 1997.

Grandjean P, Weihe P, White, RF, Debes F. Cognitive performance of children prenatally exposed to “safe” levels of methylmercury. Environmental Research, 77:165-172, 1998..

Yokoyama K, Araki S, Murata K, Nishikitani M, Okumura T, Ishimatsu S, Takasu N, White, RF. Chronic neurobehavioral effects of Tokyo subway Sarin poisoning in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder. Archives of Environmental Health, 53:249-256, 1998.

Wolfe J, Proctor SP, White, RF, Friedman MJ. Re: “Is Gulf War Syndrome due to stress: the evidence reexamined.” American Journal of Epidemiology, 148:402, 1998.

Proctor SP, Heeren T, White, RF, Wolfe J, Borgos MS, Davis JD, Pepper L, Clapp R, Sutker PB, Vasterling JJ, Ozonoff D. Health Status of Persian Gulf War Veterans: Self-reported symptoms, environmental exposures, and the effect of stress. International Journal of Epidemiology, 27:1000-1010, 1998.

Grandjean P, White, RF. Effects of methylmercury exposure on neurodevelopment (letter). Journal of the American Medical Association, 281:896, 1999.

Budtz-Jorgensen E, Keiding N, Grandjean P, White, RF, Weihe P. Methylmercury neurotoxicity independent of PCB exposure (letter). Environmental Health Perspectives, 107:A236-237, 1999.

Grandjean P, Budtz J, Fergensen E, White, RF, Fergensen PJ, Weihe P, Debes D, Keiding N. Methylmercury exposures as indicators of neurotoxicity in 7-year-old children. American Journal of Epidemiology, 150:301-305,1999.

Murata K, Weihe P, Renzoni A, Debes F, Vasconcelos R, Zino F, Araki S, Fergensen PJ, White, RF, Grandjean P. Delayed evoked potentials in Madeiran children exposed to methylmercury from seafood. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 21:343-348, 1999.

Grandjean P, White, RF, Nielsen A, Cleary D, de Oliveira Santos E. Methylmercury neurotoxicity in children downstream from gold mining. Environmental Health Perspectives, 107:587-591, 1999.

Wolfe J, Proctor SP, Erickson DJ, Heeren T, Friedman MJ, Huang MT, Sutker PB, Vasterling JJ, White, RF. Relationship of psychiatric status to Gulf War veterans’ health problems. Psychosomatic Medicine, 61:532-340, 1999.

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of BU School of Medicine