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.
Blood pressure, health disparities, life course epidemiology, cardiovascular disease, social epidemiology