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Alex Nowak, PhD, JD, RN

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Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago

Years on BIBB project: 2017-2021

Alex recruited, did data collection, and analysis. Her dissertation used data from the BIBB study. She authored those papers and co-authored other papers as part of the BIBB team. 

Dr. Alexandra Nowak is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University College of Nursing and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Nowak’s research interest is in biopsychosocial determinants of preterm birth in Black American women. Her dissertation research titled “Neighborhood Disorder and Epigenetic Regulation of Stress Pathways in Preterm Birth,” examined the relationships among neighborhood disorder, psychological distress, DNA methylation of stress pathway genes, and gestational age at birth. She was a recipient of predoctoral and postdoctoral T32 fellowship training grants, and a F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Dr. Nowak has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences.

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