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Nicola Hawley, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Contact Information

Nicola Hawley, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    60 College Street, P.O. Box 208034

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Dr. Nicola Hawley is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and Anthropology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her expertise is in the etiology and prevention of obesity-related chronic disease in resource-poor, low-income settings. Her research focuses predominantly on Pacific Islander populations, although she has ongoing collaborations in South Africa, Uganda, Honduras, China, Columbia and the US. Methodologically, Dr. Hawley employs a life-course approach that utilizes cross-sectional, cohort, and randomized controlled trial designs to address questions of causality and identify critical periods of susceptibility. She is a mixed-methods expert and an advocate for community-engaged approaches to research, intervention, and development of health policy.

Dr. Hawley’s current research focuses broadly on: (1) understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in resource-poor settings; (2) determining how innovations in healthcare delivery can impact identification and treatment of obesity-related disease during the perinatal period; and (3) developing interventions focused on pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence to prevent the intergenerational transmission of obesity-related disease.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Brown University (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Brown University (2011)
  • PhD
    Loughborough University (2009)
  • BS
    Loughborough University (2005)


  • Group Prenatal Care Study
    Pago Pago, Eastern, American Samoa (2016-2018)
    Randomized controlled trial of group prenatal care in American Samoa - focused on addressing life course non-communicable disease risk
  • Ola Tuputupua'e (Growing Up) in Samoa Study
    Apia, Upolu, Samoa 2015
    Longitudinal cohort study of child health and development in Samoa now planning for its fourth wave of bi-annual data collection.
  • Infant Feeding Studies
    Pago Pago, Eastern, American Samoa 2012
    Infant Feeding Studies
  • Soifua Manuia (Good Health) Study
    Apia, Upolu, Samoa 2010
    Ongoing cohort study of adult cardiometabolic health in Samoa
  • Birth to Twenty Study
    Johannesburg, GP, South Africa 2006
    Birth to Twenty Study

Honors & Recognition

Yale School of Public Health "Teacher of the Year"2016

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