Hazel B. Nichols

PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Epidemiology

PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Epidemiology

Area of interest

My research is focused on improving women’s health by providing epidemiologic evidence to guide sound personal and medical decision-making around breast and other cancers. Recent projects have centered on exposures that contribute to breast cancer risk in reproductive-age women, and on survivorship concerns after breast or other cancers diagnosed in adolescence or young adulthood. My work addresses factors that are routinely considered during health care delivery (e.g. fertility and contraception, gynecologic surgery, physiologic reserve, endocrine therapy, etc.) and therefore feasibly targeted for future intervention to prevent breast cancer or improve post-diagnosis outcomes. This research is based in large observational studies and data resources, including the Sister Study, the Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaborative Group, the Cancer Research Network, and the UNC Cancer Information Population Health Resource.

Nichols is a member of the Cancer Epidemiology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is the lead instructor for the EPID 771 course “Cancer Epidemiology: Survivorship and Outcomes.”

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 HMO Research Network Early Career Investigator Award, HMORN, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2013 Electra Paskett Annual Scholarship Award, ASPO, Memphis, TN
  • 2010 AACR Translational Research Scholarship, CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
  • 2010 Travel award for the New Investigators Workshop, American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • 2010 Doctoral Thesis Research Fund Award, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2009 Carol Eliasberg Martin Scholarship in Cancer Prevention, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2009 Travel Award for the Student Dissertation Workshop, Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • 2007-08 Mary B. Meyer Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University

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