Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Ph.D., M.S.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Social Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Policy Evaluation, Health Disparities, Tobacco Use, Breastfeeding, Childhood Obesity



Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, MS is Assistant Professor at Boston College in the Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Hawkins is a social epidemiologist with an interest in addressing policy-relevant research questions in maternal and child health. Her research examines the impact of policies on health disparities in parents and children, particularly using methodology that integrates epidemiology and economics. In 2011, she was awarded a K99/R00 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This program of research will address racial/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in perinatal and postnatal risk factors for childhood obesity and identify policy drivers for behavior change.

Prior to Dr. Hawkins’ current appointment, she was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University from 2009-2011. She completed her doctorate in epidemiology from University of London, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from Vassar College.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Summer Hawkins' available publications in PubMed.