Nicola Hawley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology | Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship | Samoan Obesity, Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptations Study Group | Yale Network for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NGN) | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Institute for Global Health



Nicola Hawley is an Assistant 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, 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

PhD Loughborough University (2009)
BS Loughborough University (2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow Brown University
Postdoctoral Fellow Brown University

Honors & Recognition

  • Yale School of Public Health "Teacher of the Year" (2016)


  • 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)

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Contact Info

Nicola Hawley, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 438
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Chronic Disease Epidemiology60 College Street
P.O. Box 208034

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Curriculum Vitae

Samoan Obesity, Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptations Study Group