Nancy Chaney, a longtime member of the OHI Advisory Board, has been selected by the president of the American Psychological Association (APA) to serve on that organization’s new 12-member Task Force on Climate Change

“As with my work with the OHI, this APA Task Force feels like a perfect fit,” Chaney said. “I am excited to be part of such a diverse group of professionals from around the world, to address something so important. The climate crisis is a complex challenge that warrants an integrated, broad-based approach. I am encouraged by the work of organizations like OHI and the APA that are so well-suited to understanding human dimensions of environmental problems that affect human and animal health.”

According to the APA press release, the Task Force will “review APA’s past and current activities related to how psychology, as a discipline and profession, has addressed global climate change; recommend goals and strategies for future APA activities that will strengthen the role and impact of psychology in addressing the global climate change crisis… take an interdisciplinary and international perspective (and) produce a report to be submitted to the Council of Representatives and shared with the APA membership and the general public.”

As a nurse, Chaney worked in hospital, clinical, and private duty settings. After becoming an RN, she earned a BA in psychology, an MS in environmental science, and honed policy skills during two terms as Moscow, Idaho mayor, with associated state, national, and international leadership roles Her graduate research involved neuro-psychology and learning theories in the context of internalizing environmental messaging. In 2020, she was recognized with honorary diplomate status by the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) for her work on the One Health Advisory Board, linking human, animal, and environmental health. She serves in Climate Change and Policy/Advocacy Work Groups for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Chaney lives in North Idaho, where she and her husband own a veterinary specialty business.