Nicole Wanty, MA
Senior Research Associate

Areas of Focus: research design, qualitative evaluation, drug abuse education and prevention, chronic disease prevention

Nikki started her career in public health as a KDHRC research assistant in 2010 and has worked on projects in three of KDHRC’s four program areas. In 2016, she became the principal investigator of Phase I of RCCI (Online Resource Center for Older Adults with Cochlear Implants). At present Nikki manages projects in two program areas: vulnerable populations and drug abuse education and prevention. Her project management includes conducting formative research, writing content, managing the project team, designing and implementing evaluations, and writing and disseminating findings.

Nikki received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Biology, and German from Cornell College. Her M.S. in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park, focused on the biological anthropology of chronic and infectious diseases. Nikki also completed a postbaccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases exploring the relationship between diet change, diabetes, and tuberculosis in South Korea.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys watching nature documentaries, random DIY projects, and exploring historical sites. When not in the office, you can find Nikki rowing or powerlifting at the gym, reading a good book, or taking long car trips with her dog, Gus.