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Boston College School of Social Work

Summer Sherburne Hawkins

Summer Sherburne Hawkins

Assistant Professor, Health & Mental Health

Assistant Professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 2012. She 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. Dr. Hawkins has published on the topics of parental  and adolescent tobacco use, infant feeding practices, and childhood obesity as well as the impact of state and local policies on disparities in these health behaviors and outcomes. A more recent area of her research focuses on the role of the Affordable Care Act on the uptake of preventive health services.

Dr. Hawkins is currently on the editorial board of Maternal and Child Nutrition and an active member of the University Research Council at Boston College. Prior to joining BCSSW, Dr. Hawkins was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2009-2011.

Read Summer Hawkins' article, "The Influence of Detailed Maternal Ethnicity on Cesarean Delivery," published in Birth »