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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.


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.

Substance Use and Utilization of Prenatal and Postpartum Care. Nidey, N; Kair, LR; Wilder, C; Froehlich, TE; Weber, S; Folger, A; Marcotte, M; Tabb, K; Bowers, K. Journal of Addiction Medicine. 2022; 16:84-92.

Pregnancy and Infant Development (PRIDE)-a preliminary observational study of maternal adversity and infant development. Bowers, K; Ding, L; Yolton, K; Ji, H; Nidey, N; Meyer, J; Ammerman, RT; Van Ginkel, J; Folger, A. BMC Pediatrics. 2021; 21.

Association between perinatal depression and risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children: a retrospective cohort study. Nidey, NL; Momany, AM; Strathearn, L; Carter, KD; Wehby, GL; Bao, W; Xu, G; Scheiber, FA; Tabb, K; Froehlich, TE; et al. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021; 63:1-6.

Regional comparison of self-reported late pregnancy cigarette smoking to mass spectrometry analysis. Hall, ES; McAllister, JM; Kelly, EA; Setchell, KD R; Megaraj, V; Jimenez, KL; Nidey, N; Greenberg, JM; Wexelblatt, SL. Journal of Perinatology. 2021; 41:2417-2423.

Striving for Structure and Stability in Cincinnati's Family Homeless Shelters: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. Williams-Arya, P; Vaughn, LM; Nidey, N; Sawyer, M; Porter, K; Froehlich, TE. Family and Community Health. 2021; 44:282-291.

Meta-Analysis Of Antenatal Depression And Adverse Birth Outcomes In US Populations, 2010-20. Simonovich, SD; Nidey, NL; Gavin, AR; Piñeros-Leaño, M; Hsieh, WJ; Sbrilli, MD; Ables-Torres, LA; Huang, H; Ryckman, K; Tabb, KM. Health Affairs. 2021; 40:1560-1565.

Risk of Early Birth among Women with a Urinary Tract Infection: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Baer, RJ; Nidey, N; Bandoli, G; Chambers, BD; Chambers, CD; Feuer, S; Karasek, D; Oltman, SP; Rand, L; Ryckman, KK; et al. AJP Reports. 2021; 11:e5-e14.