• Dr. Shakia Hardy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Hardy's research takes a multi-disciplinary, life course approach to understanding health disparities in cardiovascular disease by examining the impact of lifestyle factors and social environments on cardiovascular health from childhood to late life. She is particularly focused on the biological, behavioral and social determinants of hypertension and cardiovascular disease from childhood to young adulthood, a critical period for the development of racial disparities in trajectories for worsening cardiovascular health. Dr. Hardy works in several NIH funded cohort studies including the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC).

    Dr. Hardy earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and expanded her epidemiologic methods and substantive training as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University prior to joining the faculty at UAB in 2019.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Trends in Blood Pressure Control Among US Adults With Hypertension, 1999-2000 to 2017-2018. 2020
    2019 Abstracts of the 77th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 6–9, 2019. Vancouver, BC, CanadaPsychosomatic Medicine.  81:A1-A213. 2019
    2019 Abstract 036: Contemporary Estimates of Obesity Incidence of Among Children in the United StatesCirculation.  139. 2019
    2019 Abstract P360: Blunted Hemodynamic Response to Acute Mental Stress Among African Americans With Coronary Heart DiseaseCirculation.  139. 2019
    2019 Neighborhood poverty and hemodynamic, neuroendocrine, and immune response to acute stress among patients with coronary artery diseasePsychoneuroendocrinology.  100:145-155. 2019
    2019 Racial disparities and sleep among preschool aged children: a systematic reviewSleep Health.  5:49-57. 2019
    2018 Transitions from Ideal to Intermediate Cholesterol Levels may vary by Cholesterol MetricScientific Reports.  8. 2018
    2018 Primary prevention of chronic kidney disease through population-based strategies for blood pressure control: The ARIC studyJournal of Clinical Hypertension.  20:1018-1026. 2018
    2018 Erratum: Author Correction: Transitions from Ideal to Intermediate Cholesterol Levels may vary by Cholesterol Metric (Scientific reports (2018) 8 1 (2782))Scientific Reports.  8:6238. 2018
    2017 Heterogeneity in blood pressure transitions over the life course: Age-specific emergence of racial/ethnic and sex disparities in the United StatesJAMA Cardiology.  2:653-661. 2017
    2016 Disparities in early transitions to obesity in contemporary multi-ethnic U.S. populationsPLoS ONE.  11. 2016
    2015 Reducing the Blood Pressure-Related Burden of Cardiovascular Disease: Impact of Achievable Improvements in Blood Pressure Prevention and Control 2015
    2014 Redistribution of heart failure as the cause of death: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities StudyPopulation Health Metrics.  12. 2014

    Research Overview

  • Blood pressure, health disparities, life course epidemiology, cardiovascular disease, social epidemiology
  • Education And Training

  • Emory University Epidemiology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 2017
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Education and Promotion, University of South Florida 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 2008
  • Full Name

  • Shakia Hardy