Vikki Nolan, DSc, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

228 Robison Hall
Office Hours
By appointment only
Vikki Nolan

About Vikki G. Nolan

Vikki G. Nolan, DSc, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, and serves as the MPH Program coordinator. She received her MPH from Yale University and her doctoral degree from Boston University, School of Public Health. Dr. Nolan's primary research interests are sickle cell disease, a field she worked in for six years while at Boston University, and cancer epidemiology, which she specialized in while employed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty. In addition to her primary research interests, she is interested in and has participated in research around genetics, physical fitness, aging, community health, and infectious diseases. Dr. Nolan has a strong background in epidemiologic and statistical methods and extensive experience analyzing data, including large publicly available datasets such as the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) and the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS).


  • DSc, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • MPH, Epidemiology of microbial disease, Yale University School of Public Health
  • BA, Biology, Hofstra University

Research Interests

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Nutrition and its role in chronic disease
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases

Selected Publications

  1. Kelly D, Sheffer B, Elrod R, Piana L, Pattisapu N, Nolan V, Spence D, Sawyer J. Infections After Open Fractures in Pediatric Patients: A Review of 288 Open Fractures. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2022 Summer;31(2):73-75. PMID: 35820090.
  2. Eric J. Puttock, Jose Marquez, Deborah R. Young, Abraelle M. Shirley, Bing Han, Thomas L. McKenzie, Nicole J. Smith, Kathleen Manuel, Deanna Hoelscher, Suzanne Spear, Monica Ruiz, Charlotte Smith, Kimberly Krytus, Iveris Martinez, Hosung So, Marian Levy, Vikki Nolan, Erika Bagley, Amber Mehmood, Joy Goens Thomas, Lily Apedaile, Shelby Ison, Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, John G. Heller, Deborah A. Cohen. Association of masking policies with mask adherence and distancing during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control. Volume 50, Issue 9, 2022; Pages 969-974. ISSN 0196-6553, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2022.04.010.
  3. Allison P. Plaxco, Jennifer M. Kmet, Vikki G. Nolan, Michelle A. Taylor, Matthew P. Smeltzer. Real-World Association Between mRNA Vaccination and Infection From the Omicron Strain of SARS-CoV-2: A Population-Level Analysis. AJPM Focus. Volume 1, Issue 1, 2022; 100010. ISSN 2773-0654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focus.2022.100010.
  4. Wogksch Matthew D., Finch Emily R., Nolan Vikki G., Smeltzer Matthew P., Mzayek Fawaz, Goodenough Chelsea G., Pui Ching-Hon, Inaba Hiroto, Mulrooney Daniel A., Kaste Sue C., Brinkman Tara M., Lanctot Jennifer Q., Srivastava Deo Kumar, Jefferies John L., Armstrong Gregory T., Robison Leslie L., Hudson Melissa M., Ness Kirsten K. Energy cost of walking in obese survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 10, 2022; 2296-2360. 10.3389/fped.2022.976012. 
  5. Nolan VG, Nottage KA, Cole EW, Hankins JS, Gurney JG. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in sickle cell disease: A systematic review. PLoS ONE. Mar 2015; 10(3): e0119908
  6. Pourcyrous M, Nolan VG, Goodwin A, Davis SL, Buddington RK. Fecal short-chain fatty acids of very low-birth-weight preterm infants fed expressed breast milk or formula. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Dec 2014;59(6):725-731.
  7. Nolan VG, Krull KR, Gurney JG, Leisenring W, Robison LL, Ness KK. Predictors of future health-related quality of life in survivors of adolescent cancer. Pediatric blood & cancer 2014;61:1891-4.
  8. Green DM, Nolan VG, Goodman PJ, Whitton JA, Srivastava D, Leisenring WM, Neglia JP, Sklar CA, Kaste SC, Hudson MM, Diller LR, Stovall M, Donaldson SS, Robison LL. The cyclophosphamide equivalent dose as an approach for quantifying alkylating agent exposure: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatric blood & cancer 2014;61:53-67.
  9. Cox CL, Nolan VG, Leisenring W, Yasui Y, Ogg SW, Mertens AC, Neglia JP, Ness KK, Armstrong GT, Robison LL. Noncancer-related mortality risks in adult survivors of pediatric malignancies: the childhood cancer survivor study. Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice 2014;8:460-71.
  10. Nolan VG, Gapstur R, Gross C, Neglia J, Gajjar A, Klosky J, Merchant T, Stoval M, Ness KK. Sleep disturbances in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors. Quality of life research: an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 2013;22:781-9.
  11. Green DM, Zhu L, Stovall M, Nolan VG, Ness KK, Donaldson SS, Cox CL, Oeffinger K, Meacham LR, Sklar CA, Krull KR, Armstrong GT, Robison LL.Risk factors for obesity in adult survivors of childhood cancer: a Report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. J Clin Oncol 2012 Jan 20;30(3):246-55
  12. Kurt BA, Nolan VG, Ness KK, Neglia JP, Tersak JM, Hudson MM, Armstrong GT, Hutchinson RJ, Leisenring WM, Oeffinger KC, Robison LL, Arora M. Hospitalization rates among survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Jul 15;59(1):126-32.
  13. Smith WA, Nolan VG, Robison LL, Hudson MM, and Ness KK. Physical activity among cancer survivors and individuals with no history of cancer: A report from the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2003-2006. Am J Transl Res. 2011 Aug 15;3(4):342-50.