Hazel B. Nichols

Hazel B. Nichols, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
2102A Mcgavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435


Hazel B. Nichols, PhD is an associate professor in the epidemiology department. Her research is focused on improving cancer care by providing epidemiologic evidence to guide personal and medical decision-making around cancer risk and survivorship. Dr. Nichols has led multiple studies that address the intersection of cancer and reproductive health across the lifespan. Her work is based in large observational studies and data resources, including the Sister Study, the Cancer Research Network, the UNC Cancer Information Population Health Resource, and the NCI Cohort Consortium.

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

Hazel Nichols in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Early Career Investigator Award
2014, HMO Research Network

Electra Paskett Annual Scholarship Award
2013, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Representative Courses

EPID 771 "Cancer Epidemiology: Survivorship and Outcomes"

Key Publications

Tubal ligation in relation to menopausal symptoms and breast cancer risk. D Baird, L DeRoo, G Kissling, H Nichols, D Sandler (2013). British journal of cancer, 109(5), 1291-5.

Pre-diagnosis oophorectomy, estrogen therapy and mortality in a cohort of women diagnosed with breast cancer. K Egan, J Hampton, P Newcomb, H Nichols, L Titus, A Trentham-Dietz, K Visvanathan (2013). Breast cancer research : BCR, 15(5), R99.

Careers in cancer prevention: what you may not see from inside your academic department--a report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology's Junior Members Interest Group. D Buist, D Erwin, C Leach, H Nichols, H Patrick, B Sprague (2012). Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 21(8), 1393-5.

Postoophorectomy estrogen use and breast cancer risk. K Egan, J Hampton, P Newcomb, H Nichols, L Titus, A Trentham-Dietz, K Visvanathan (2012). Obstetrics and gynecology, 120(1), 27-36.

Bilateral oophorectomy in relation to risk of postmenopausal breast cancer: confounding by nonmalignant indications for surgery? K Egan, J Hampton, P Newcomb, H Nichols, L Titus-Ernstoff, A Trentham-Dietz, K Visvanathan (2011). American journal of epidemiology, 173(10), 1111-20.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • SM, Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2003
  • BS, Ecology / Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, 2000