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Nicole Kahn, PhD
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Nicole Kahn, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Program Officer
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Nicole Kahn is a program officer with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
 
Dr. Kahn’s work focuses on child and adolescent health and education over the life course. For her dissertation research, she used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to study the sexual experiences and related health outcomes of populations with physical disabilities from adolescence through early adulthood. In her current role at the National Academies, she directs a study focused on improving health outcomes related to adolescent behavior.
 
Before coming to UNC, Dr. Kahn worked as a Head Start teacher with the Teach for America program in Phoenix, AZ, and as a researcher at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development in Washington, DC.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega, Theta Chapter

2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Royster Society of Fellows

2017-2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jessie Ball DuPont Dissertation Fellowship for Adolescent Studies

2017-2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Predoctoral Traineeship

2015-2018, Carolina Population Center

Second Place, Three Minute Thesis Competition

2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cynthia H. Cassell Doctoral Dissertation Award

2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Student Poster Award

2016, Carolina Population Center

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Traineeship

2014-2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Interests

- Human sexuality
- Teaching skills seminar

Research Activities

Work in North Carolina:

- Carolina Demography and the My Future NC statewide commission on postsecondary educational attainment
- Community Care of North Carolina depression screening project

General interests:

- Child and adolescent health
- Sexual health
- Sexuality education
- The life course

Key Publications

Associations between patterns of sexual initiation, sexual partnering, and sexual health outcomes from adolescence to early adulthood. Kahn NF, Halpern CT (2018). Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(6), 1791-1810.

Tracking progress in peer-delivered family to family support. Anthony BJ, Serkin C, Kahn NF, Troxel M, Shank J (1970). Psychological Services.

Experiences of vaginal, oral, and anal sex from adolescence to early adulthood in populations with physical disabilities in the United States. Kahn NF, Halpern, CT (2018). Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(3), 294-302.

The relationship between cognitive ability and experiences of vaginal, oral and anal sex in the United States. Kahn NF, Halpern CT (2018). Journal of Sex Research, 55(1), 99-105.

Lessons learned: Engaging culturally diverse families in neurodevelopmental disorders intervention research. Ratto AB, Anthony BJ, Pugliese C, Mendez R, Safer-Lichtenstein J, Dudley KM, Kahn NF, Kenworthy L, Biel M, Martucci JL, Anthony LG (2017). Autism, 21(5), 622-634.

Education

PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

MEd, Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University, 2011

BA, Psychology, Bates College, 2010

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