Nicola Hawley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Diabetes Mellitus; Maternal Health Services; Maternal-Child Health Centers; Obesity; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; Global Health; Samoa; American Samoa

Public Health Interests

Maternal & Child Health; Nutrition; Obesity; Reproduction

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology | 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


Research Summary

My 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. I have ongoing projects and collaborations in American Samoa, Samoa, South Africa, and the US

Specialized Terms: global non-communicable disease, obesity, diabetes, maternal and child health, pregnancy health, infant feeding, prenatal care

Extensive Research Description

Ongoing Studies:

Maternal Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices about Healthy Pregnancy and Infancy in American Samoa. , American Samoa (2014 - Present)

Genome-wide Association Study for Adiposity in Samoans (PI: Stephen McGarvey, Brown). Samoa (2009- present)

Ola Tuputupua'e: The "Growing Up" Samoa Study: Longitudinal child cohort study, Samoa (2015 - Present)

The STRONG study: Group Prenatal Care for maternal and child NCD prevention. American Samoa (2017 - present)

Active Collaborations:

Birth to Twenty. Longitudinal birth cohort study, Johannesburg, South Africa (2006 - present)

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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