Nichole  AustinPhD

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address: 
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 2nd floor
5850 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada
Research Topics:
  • Policy evaluation
  • Reproductive health
  • Health disparities
  • Quasi-experimental methods


BA (Psychology): Mount Holyoke College
MSc (Epidemiology): McGill University
PhD (Epidemiology): McGill University
PDF: McGill University


Epidemiology for Managers (HESA 4200)
Epidemiology & Population Health (HESA 5320)
Statistics for Health Administration (HESA 6505)


Dr. Nichole Austin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University. She is an epidemiologist with research interests in policy evaluation and reproductive health. The majority of her work uses quasi-experimental designs to assess the impact of policy shifts in the US, Canada, and beyond.

Selected publications:

  • Strumpf E, Lang A, Austin N, Derksen SA, Bolton JM, Brownell MD, Chateau D, Gregory P, Heaman MI. Prevalence and clinical, social, and health care predictors of miscarriage. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2021 Dec;21(1):1-9.
  • Austin N, Harper S. Quantifying the impact of targeted regulation of abortion provider laws on US abortion rates: a multi-state assessment. Contraception. 2019 Nov 1;100(5):374-9.
  • Austin N, Harper S. Constructing a longitudinal database of targeted regulation of abortion providers laws. Health Services Research. 2019 Oct;54(5):1084-9.
  • Carabali M, Austin N, King NB, Kaufman JS. The Zika epidemic and abortion in Latin America: a scoping review. Global Health Research and Policy. 2018 Dec;3(1):15.
  • Austin N, Harper S. Assessing the impact of TRAP laws on abortion and women’s health in the USA: a systematic review. BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2018 Apr;44(2):128-34.

Selected awards:

Governor General's Gold Medal (2019)
McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award (2019)
Excellence in Teaching Award (2017)


Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
Co-chair: Scientific Dissemination Committee