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Nicola Dawkins-Lyn, PhD
Vice President, Research Science

Nicola Dawkins-Lyn is a behavioral scientist with expertise in the prevention of noninfectious diseases and promotion of community health, focusing on the connection between health and surrounding environmental and social determinants. She provides corporate and technical oversight for projects to ensure excellent standards for quality, client satisfaction, and resource management. Nicola has more than 25 years of experience helping clients address noninfectious disease prevention and community health by supporting their management and evaluation of grant programs and other initiatives. This includes developing theories of change, establishing monitoring and evaluation designs to assess policies and programs, and providing training and technical assistance (TA) to support initiatives. Her work also involves translating evidence to practice and using practice-based evidence to inform further programming.

Nicola applies her skills in initiative design, and formative, process, and outcome research and evaluation to many health-related initiatives. Her wide-ranging public health content expertise includes noninfectious disease prevention and management (including of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke), health equity advancement, and community health promotion (particularly through policy, health system, and environmental interventions). She is also skilled in evaluability assessment, particularly the Systematic Screening and Assessment (SSA) method, and has delivered several presentations and trainings, prepared manuscripts, and coedited a journal issue on the method that received the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 2011 Outstanding Publication Award.

Nicola has multiple degrees from Emory University: a Ph.D. in Sociology, an M.P.H. in Behavioral Science and Health Education, and an Executive M.B.A.

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