Doctoral Student Profile - Nicole Kahn
Nicole Kahn, MEd
Program Initiated: 2014
Primary Advisor: Carolyn Halpern, PhD
Minor: Developmental Science
Research Interests: adolescence, disability, sexual health, sex education, the life course
Dissertation Research: Sexual experiences and health outcomes from adolescence to early adulthood in populations with physical disabilities in the United States.
Honors/Awards: Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Traineeship (2014-2015); Carolina Population Center Predoctoral Traineeship (2015-present); Cynthia H. Cassell Doctoral Dissertation Award (2017); The Jessie Ball DuPont Dissertation Fellowship for Adolescent Studies (2017-2018); Royster Society of Fellows (2017-present); UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School Three Minute Thesis, second place (2017).
Bio: Nicole’s research interests are focused on child and adolescent health and education over the life course. After graduating from Bates College in 2010, Nicole joined Teach for America as a Head Start teacher in Phoenix, AZ and concurrently completed her master’s degree in education at Arizona State University. While teaching, Nicole became acutely aware of the social determinants of health that affected her students’ abilities to learn, and thus decided to pursue a career in public health. From 2012-2014, Nicole worked in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, where she had the opportunity to engage with researchers, providers, and policymakers to improve mental health services and supports for children and families. Nicole’s experiences in both service delivery and research continue to guide her passion for public health as she works on her PhD.
Since beginning the program, Nicole has worked with data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health); on projects at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research focused mental health and health insurance coverage; and with NCTraCS and RTI International on the implementation of depression screening in primary care practices across North Carolina. She also has served as the teaching assistant for MHCH 685: Human Sexuality for two years.
Outside of school, Nicole enjoys dancing, crafting, and playing sports and games with friends. She also loves spending time with her boyfriend in Washington, DC, her family in the Pacific Northwest, and cheering for the Washington Capitals, Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Seahawks.