• Dr. Shakia Hardy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Hardy's research takes a multi-disciplinary, life course approach to understanding health disparities in cardiovascular disease by examining the impact of lifestyle factors and social environments on cardiovascular health from childhood to late life. She is particularly focused on the biological, behavioral and social determinants of hypertension and cardiovascular disease from childhood to young adulthood, a critical period for the development of racial disparities in trajectories for worsening cardiovascular health. Dr. Hardy works in several NIH funded cohort studies including the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC).

    Dr. Hardy earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and expanded her epidemiologic methods and substantive training as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University prior to joining the faculty at UAB in 2019.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Sodium content of menu and commissary provisions in rural jail exceeds heart-healthy dietary recommendationsInternational Journal of Prisoner Health.  18:384-393. 2022
    2022 Child Maltreatment and Inflammatory Response to Mental Stress among Adults Who Have Survived a Myocardial InfarctionPsychosomatic Medicine.  84:1013-1020. 2022
    2022 Blood Pressure Control Among US Adults, 2009 to 2012 Through 2017 to 2020Hypertension.  79:1971-1980. 2022
    2022 Changes in the Incidence of Childhood ObesityPediatrics.  150. 2022
    2022 Prevalence, risk factors, and cardiovascular disease outcomes associated with persistent blood pressure control: The Jackson Heart StudyPLoS One.  17. 2022
    2022 Evaluating novel approaches for estimating awake and sleep blood pressure: design of the Better BP Study - a randomised, crossover trialBMJ Open.  12. 2022
    2022 Age-Specific Prevalence and Factors Associated With Normal Blood Pressure Among US AdultsAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  35:319-327. 2022
    2022 BMI and blood pressure control among United States adults with hypertensionJournal of Hypertension.  40:741-748. 2022
    2022 Potential impact of systematic and random errors in blood pressure measurement on the prevalence of high office blood pressure in the United StatesJournal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome.  24:263-270. 2022
    2022 Factors Associated With Not Having a Healthcare Visit in the Past Year Among US Adults With Hypertension: Data From NHANES 2013–2018American Journal of Hypertension.  35:132-141. 2022
    2022 Predicted cardiovascular risk for United States adults with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and at least 65 years of ageJournal of Hypertension.  40:94-101. 2022
    2021 Racial and Ethnic Differences in Blood Pressure Among US Adults, 1999-2018Hypertension.  78:1730-1741. 2021
    2021 Lifestyle Behaviors Among Adults Recommended for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring According to the 2017 ACC/AHA Blood Pressure GuidelineAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  34:1181-1188. 2021
    2021 Decision Tree-Based Classification for Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure throughout Early Adulthood and Middle Age: Findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) StudyAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  34:1037-1041. 2021
    2021 Together, we’ve got this: The US surgeon general’s call-to-action on hypertension controlAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  34. 2021
    2021 Does This Adult Patient Have Hypertension?: The Rational Clinical Examination Systematic ReviewJournal of the American Medical Association.  326:339-347. 2021
    2021 Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure Across the Life Course: The JHSHypertension.  77:1490-1499. 2021
    2021 Trends in Blood Pressure and Hypertension among US Children and Adolescents, 1999-2018JAMA Network Open.  4. 2021
    2021 Blood Pressure in Childhood and AdolescenceAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  34:242-249. 2021
    2021 Update on Blood Pressure Control among US Adults with Hypertension - ReplyJournal of the American Medical Association.  325:587-588. 2021
    2021 Reasons for Uncontrolled Blood Pressure among US Adults: Data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination SurveyHypertension.  1567-1576. 2021
    2020 Association of Race/Ethnicity-Specific Changes in Antihypertensive Medication Classes Initiated among Medicare Beneficiaries with the Eighth Joint National Committee Panel Member ReportJAMA Network Open.  3. 2020
    2020 Trends in blood pressure control among US adults with hypertension, 1999-2000 to 2017-2018Journal of the American Medical Association.  324:1190-1200. 2020
    2020 Cardiovascular Health and Transition from Controlled Blood Pressure to Apparent Treatment Resistant Hypertension: The Jackson Heart Study and the REGARDS StudyHypertension.  1953-1961. 2020
    2019 Abstracts of the 77th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 6–9, 2019. Vancouver, BC, CanadaPsychosomatic Medicine.  81:a1-a213. 2019
    2019 Abstract 036: Contemporary Estimates of Obesity Incidence of Among Children in the United StatesCirculation.  139. 2019
    2019 Abstract P360: Blunted Hemodynamic Response to Acute Mental Stress Among African Americans With Coronary Heart DiseaseCirculation.  139. 2019
    2019 Neighborhood poverty and hemodynamic, neuroendocrine, and immune response to acute stress among patients with coronary artery diseasePsychoneuroendocrinology.  100:145-155. 2019
    2019 Racial disparities and sleep among preschool aged children: a systematic reviewSleep Health.  5:49-57. 2019
    2018 Transitions from Ideal to Intermediate Cholesterol Levels may vary by Cholesterol MetricScientific Reports.  8. 2018
    2018 Primary prevention of chronic kidney disease through population-based strategies for blood pressure control: The ARIC studyJournal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome.  20:1018-1026. 2018
    2018 Erratum: Author Correction: Transitions from Ideal to Intermediate Cholesterol Levels may vary by Cholesterol Metric (Scientific reports (2018) 8 1 (2782))Scientific Reports.  8:6238. 2018
    2017 Heterogeneity in blood pressure transitions over the life course: Age-specific emergence of racial/ethnic and sex disparities in the United StatesJAMA Cardiology.  2:653-661. 2017
    2016 Disparities in early transitions to obesity in contemporary multi-ethnic U.S. populationsPLoS One.  11. 2016
    2015 Reducing the Blood Pressure-Related Burden of Cardiovascular Disease: Impact of Achievable Improvements in Blood Pressure Prevention and ControlJournal of the American Heart Association.  4. 2015
    2014 Redistribution of heart failure as the cause of death: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities StudyPopulation Health Metrics.  12. 2014

    Education And Training

  • Emory University Epidemiology, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 2017
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Education and Promotion, University of South Florida 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, University of North Carolina System : Chapel Hill 2008
  • Full Name

  • Shakia Hardy