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Nichole L. Nidey, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I am a maternal and child health epidemiologist, grounded in social epidemiology with a commitment to improving the health and life outcomes for underserved and at-risk families. My research is focused on understanding the intergenerational effects of maternal adverse childhood events, perinatal mental health and maternal substance use. My long-term goal is to develop and discover interventions to mitigate the adverse intergenerational effects of these conditions and experiences.

Since coming to Cincinnati Children's in 2019, I started the EMPOWER (empowering mothers, providers and others to weigh in as experts in research). The EMPOWER project is a collaborative that includes patients who have had a lived experience of substance use during pregnancy, clinicians, researchers, and community stakeholders. Our mission is to improve care, health outcomes and wellbeing for pregnant women with or a history of substance use and their children through collaborating with patient, community, clinical, and academic stakeholders and co-designing and co-leading research initiatives.

PhD: University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, Iowa City, IA.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Research Areas

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Biostatistics and Epidemiology


Assessment of US Federal Funding of Incarceration-Related Research, 1985 to 2022. Boch, SJ; Murnan, AW; Pollard, JF; Nidey, NL; Hardy, RY; Iruka, IU. JAMA Network Open. 2023; 6:e230803.

Naloxone Education and Receipt of Kit During the Perinatal Period. Nidey, N; Lannon, C; Ford, S; Kaplan, H; Prasad, M; Wilder, C. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2023; 228:s208-s209.

Associations Between Infant Sleep and Postpartum Maternal-Infant Bonding Among Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder. Xu, JH; Merhar, S; DeFranco, EA; McAllister, J; Nidey, N. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2023; 228:s154-s155.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and birth outcomes in California: a quasi-experimental study. Torres, JM; Alcala, E; Shaver, A; Collin, DF; Franck, LS; Gomez, AM; Karasek, D; Nidey, N; Hotard, M; Hamad, R; Pacheco-Werner, T. BMC Public Health. 2022; 22:1449.

A Quality Improvement Network for Interdisciplinary Training in Developmental Disabilities. Smith, JD; Nidey, N; Chödrön, GS; Czyzia, J; Donahue, ML; Ford, K; James, C; Klimova, O; Macias, MM; Rabidoux, P; Whitaker, TM; Brosco, JP. Pediatrics. 2022; 150:e2022058236.

Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding Counseling Among Pregnant People Who Use Cannabis. Nidey, N; Hoyt-Austin, A; Chen, MJ; Bentley, B; Tabb, KM; Anyigbo, C; Wilder, C; Terplan, M; McAllister, JM; Wexelblatt, SL; Murnan, A; Kair, LR. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2022; 140:878-881.

Factors Associated With Bullying Victimization and Bullying Perpetration in Children and Adolescents With ADHD: 2016 to 2017 National Survey of Children's Health. Cuba Bustinza, C; Adams, RE; Claussen, AH; Vitucci, D; Danielson, ML; Holbrook, JR; Charania, SN; Yamamoto, K; Nidey, N; Froehlich, TE. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2022; 26:1535-1548.

Breastfeeding Initiation and Continuation Among Women with Substance and Tobacco Use During Pregnancy: Findings from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System 2016-2018. Nidey, N; Groh, K; Agnoli, A; Wilder, C; Froehlich, TE; Weber, S; Kair, LR. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2022; 17:544-549.

Association Between Maternal Adverse Childhood Experiences and Neonatal SCG5 DNA Methylation-Effect Modification by Prenatal Home Visiting. Folger, AT; Nidey, N; Ding, L; Ji, H; Yolton, K; Ammerman, RT; Bowers, KA. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2022; 191:636-645.

Home Visiting as an Equitable Intervention for Perinatal Depression: A Scoping Review. Tabb, KM; Bentley, B; Pineros Leano, M; Simonovich, SD; Nidey, N; Ross, K; Huang, WH D; Huang, H. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2022; 13:826673.