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Nicola Hawley, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)



Nicola Hawley is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses broadly on: (1) understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in developing countries, (2) determining how the delivery of healthcare impacts the identification and treatment of these diseases during the perinatal period, and (3) developing interventions focused on pregnancy and early infancy to prevent the intergenerational transmission of chronic disease. She has ongoing projects and collaborations in American Samoa, Samoa, South Africa, Uganda, and the US. Dr. Hawley earned her PhD in Human Biology from the Center for Global Health and Human Development at Loughborough University, UK.

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, American Samoa (2016-2018)
    Randomized controlled trial of group prenatal care in American Samoa - focused on addressing life course non-communicable disease risk
  • Genome-Wide Association Study of Adiposity in Samoans
    Apia, Samoa 2016
    Seven year follow up of a GWAS cohort in Samoa focused on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk
  • Growing Up in Samoa Study
    Apia, Samoa 2015
    Longitudinal cohort study of child health and development in Samoa
  • Infant Feeding Studies
    Pago Pago, American Samoa 2012
  • Birth to Twenty Study
    Johannesburg, South Africa 2006

Honors & Recognition

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

Departments & Organizations