Hazel B. Nichols, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
2104F Mcgavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435


Hazel B. Nichols, PhD is a 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 Carolina Endometrial Cancer Study, the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Horizon Study, the Valuing Opinions and Insight from Cancer Experiences (VOICE) Study, and the UNC Cancer Survivorship Cohort.

Dr. Nichols is co-program leader for 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

Challenges and Opportunities of Epidemiological Studies to Reduce the Burden of Cancers in Young Adults. Nichols HB, Wernli KJ, Chawla N, O'Meara ES, Gray MF, Green LE, Baggett CD, Casperson M, Chao C, Jones SMW, Kirchhoff AC, Kuo TM, Lee C, Malogolowkin M, Quesenberry CP, Ruddy KJ, Wun T, Zebrack B, Chubak J, Hahn EE, Keegan THM, Kushi LH.  (2023). Curr Epidemiol Rep., 10(3), 115-124.
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Cardiovascular disease diagnoses among older women with endometrial cancer. Anderson C, Olshan AF, Bae-Jump VL, Brewster WR, Lund JL, Nichols HB.  (2022). Gynecol Oncol., 167(1), 51-57.
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Falls, walking or balance problems, and limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs) among older endometrial cancer survivors. Anderson C, Olshan A, Bae-Jump V, Park J, Brewster W, Kent E, Nichols HB (2022). Support Care Cancer, 30(7), 6339-6351.
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The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Horizon Study: An AYA Cancer Survivorship Cohort. Nichols HB, Baggett CD, Engel SM, Getahun D, Anderson C, Cannizzaro NT, Green L, Gupta P, Laurent CA, Lin PC, Meernik C, Moy LM, Wantman E, Xu L, Kwan ML, Mersereau JE, Chao CR, Kushi LH.  (2021). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev., 30(5), 857-866.
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The Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaboration: A Pooling Project of Studies Participating in the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium. Nichols HB, Schoemaker MJ, Wright LB, McGowan C, Brook MN, McClain KM, Jones ME, Adami HO, Agnoli C, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Blot WJ, Boutron-Ruault MC, Butler L, Chen Y, Doody MM, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Gram IT, Hankinson SE, Hoffman-Bolton J, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kirsh VA, Kitahara CM, Koh WP, Larsson SC, Lund E, Ma H, Merritt MA, Milne RL, Navarro C, Overvad K, Ozasa K, Palmer JR, Peeters PH, Riboli E, Rohan TE, Sadakane A, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Trichopoulou A, Vatten L, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zheng W, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ.  (2017). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev., 26(9), 1360-1369.
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  • PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • SM, Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2003
  • BS, Ecology / Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University, 2000