Associate Professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins, PhD, MS, 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. In January 2017, she received a 3-year grant from the American Cancer Society titled, Impact of the ACA on the prevention and early detection of women’s cancers.
Dr. Hawkins is currently the Section Editor for Health Policies, Systems and Management in High-Income Countries of BMC Public Health, 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.
Hawkins SS, Kull M, Baum CF. US state cigarette tax increases and smoke-free legislation in relation to cigarette expenditure across household socioeconomic circumstances: a quasi-experimental study. Addiction 2019;114(4):721-729. PMID: 30461118.
Ghiani M, Hawkins SS, Baum CF. Gun laws and suicide. American Journal of Epidemiology 2019;188(7):1254-1261. PMID: 30874719.
Hawkins SS, Baum CF, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Taveras EM. Examining associations between perinatal and postnatal risk factors for childhood obesity using sibling comparisons. Childhood Obesity 2019;15(4):254-261. PMID: 30883194.
Ghiani M, Hawkins SS, Baum CF. Gun laws and school safety. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2019;73(6):509-515. PMID: 30898852.
Hawkins SS, Bach N, Baum CF. Impact of tobacco control policies on adolescent smokeless tobacco and cigar use: a difference-in-differences approach. BMC Public Health 2018;18(1):154. PMID: 29444658.
Hawkins SS, Noble A, Baum CF. Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Disparities in Breastfeeding: The Case of Maine. American Journal of Public Health 2017;107(7):1119-1121. PMID: 2850483.
Hawkins SS, Hristakeva S, Gottlieb M, Baum CF. Reduction in emergency department visits for children’s asthma, ear infections, and respiratory infections after the introduction of state smoke-free legislation. Preventive Medicine 2016;89:278-285. PMID: 27283094.
Hawkins SS, Bach N, Baum CF. Impact of tobacco control policies on adolescent smoking. Journal of Adolescent Health 2016;58(6):679-685. PMID: 27151762.
Hawkins SS, Gillman MW, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman KP, Mariotti M, Taveras EM. The Linked CENTURY Study: Linking three decades of clinical and public health data to examine disparities in childhood obesity. BMC Pediatrics 2016;16(1):32. PMID: 26961130.
Hawkins SS, Baum CF. Invited commentary: An interdisciplinary approach for policy evaluation. American Journal of Epidemiology 2016;183(6):539-541. PMID: 26946396.
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship for travel to World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark ($3,344)
American Cancer Society (130217 - RSGI-16-251-01 – CPHPS) – titled, Impact of the ACA on the prevention and early detection of women’s cancers ($716,607)
2018–2019, Visiting Professor, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London, England
2018–Present, Section Editor for Health Policies, Systems and Management in High-Income Countries, BMC Public Health journal (impact factor: 2.420)
2010–Present, Member of Editorial Board, Maternal & Child Nutrition Journal (impact factor: 3.505)