Alexandra Catherine Hayes Nowakowski Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Alexandra Catherine Hayes Nowakowski

Assistant Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine

Medical sociologist, public health program evaluator, and community advocate focused on equity in aging with chronic disease. Cystic fibrosis patient and trauma survivor working to amplify the voices of marginalized people in health care. Founder and co-editor of the Write Where It Hurts blog on scholarship informed by lived experience.


I am an Assistant Professor in Geriatrics and Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine. I also serve as a Graduate Faculty Scholar at the University of Central Florida. My research and teaching focus on the experience and management of chronic conditions, social causes of and responses to health inequalities, and evaluation of programs and services that promote health equity as people age. Lifelong chronic illness, experience of trauma, and a passion for social justice motivate me in advocating for others with health challenges through a variety of professional service activities.


    PhD, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, 2013
    MS, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, 2013
    MPH, Health Systems & Policy, Rutgers University, 2009
    BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 2005

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Medical Sociology
    Public Health
    Program Evaluation
    Community Engagement
    Quantitative Methods
    Qualitative Methods
    Mixed Methods

Personal Interests

    Anything related to music--collecting, listening, exploring, discussing, creating.



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