Linda M. Niccolai, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, HPV-IMPACT Project (Emerging Infections Program); Deputy Director, Office International Training (CIRA); Director, Development Core at Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Acting Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at Yale

Research Interests

Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; HIV; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Vaccines; Communicable Diseases, Emerging; Qualitative Research; Human papillomavirus 11

Public Health Interests

Adolescent Health; Cancer Epidemiology; Childhood Immunizations; Epidemiology Methods; GIS; HIV/AIDS; HPV; Infectious Disease; Public health practice; Sexually-transmitted diseases; STDs; Vaccines

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Connecticut Emerging Infections Program | Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases: Vaccine Group | HPV | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Faculty Research

Global Health Initiative

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Professor Niccolai is an epidemiologist whose research is primarily focused on sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV. Her main area of interest is in behavioral aspects of HIV/STI prevention. Currently, Professor Niccolai is involved in several areas of research. Her main area of research is studying uptake and impact of human papillomavirus vaccines with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. She is the Project Director of a surveillance program to monitor impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine with the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program. She is also the Principal Investigator of a mixed-methods study to identify barriers to HPV vaccination among low-income minority populations. She is currently working to identify opportunities to increase uptake in CT.

Specialized Terms: Sexually transmitted infections; Human papillomavirus vaccine; HIV; Epidemiologic methods; Qualitative research

Extensive Research Description

Linda Niccolai is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She is deputy director of the Office of International Training and Director of the Development Core for Yale School of Public Health’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Her research focuses on sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Dr. Niccolai is the principal investigator of project to monitor vaccine impact for human papillomavirus (funded by CDC) and also PI of an NIH-funded mixed methods study to assess barriers to uptake of HPV vaccine.

Linda Niccolai received her Sc.M. at Harvard School of Public Health and her Ph.D. at Tulane University. She is the recipient of Connecticut Infectious Disease Society Thorton Award for Best Poster Presentation in Clinical Research in Infectious Disease and Award for Excellence in Teaching at YSPH.

  • Monitoring Impact of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Connecticut
  • Identifying and Quantifying Barriers to Uptake of HPV vaccine
  • Feasibility of a school-based intervention for HPV vaccination
  • Increasing HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents in Connecticut

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Linda M. Niccolai, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 404

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

HPV Working Group