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Nicole Bowles, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences


Dr. Bowles graduated with her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and went on to earn a master's in clinical epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medical College as a Health Disparities and Community Engagement Research Fellow. Dr. Bowles who joined Dr. Shea's laboratory in August 2016 is currently funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship; broadly her research focuses on the interplay between stress, endogenous circadian rhythms, and the endocannabinoid system in humans.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 2008, New York University
    • Ph.D., 2013, The Rockefeller University
    • M.S., 2015, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Internship

    • University of Pennsylvania Radiology Department May-August 2005

Memberships and associations:

  • Sleep Research Society
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • International Cannabinoid Research Society
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science

Areas of interest

  • Stress
  • Health Disparities
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Sleep Behavior
  • Cannabinoids


Selected publications

  • Optimization of Primary Care Among Black Americans Using Patient Portals: A Qualitative Study. Ordaz-Johnson O.H., Croff R.L., Robinson L.D., Shea S.A., Bowles N.P. (JMIR Preprint 2021)
  • Interactions between home, work, and sleep among firefighters. Watkins, S.L., Shannon, M.A., Hurtado, D.A., Shea, S.A., Bowles, N.P. Am J Ind Med. 64 (2021): 137– 148. 
  • Not Just a Statistic: A Qualitative Study of COVID-19 Treatment and Prevention Optimization for Black Americans. Ordaz-Johnson O.H., Croff R.L., Robinson L.D., Shea S.A., Bowles N.P. Journal of General Medicine (2020): 1-3.
  • Endogenous Circadian Rhythm of Mood is Diminished in Sleep Apnea. Emens J., Berman A., Butler M., Thosar S., Roberts S., Clemons N., Herzig M., Morimoto M., Bowles, N., McHill A. and Shea S. Psychiatry Research (2020): 113337.
  • Circadian Rhythm of Vascular Function in Midlife Adults. Thosar, S.S., Berman, A.M., Herzig, M.X., McHill, A.W., Bowles, N.P., Swanson, C.M., Clemons, N.A., Butler, M.P., Clemons, A.A., Emens, J.S. and Shea, S.A. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 39.6 (2019): 1203 - 2011
  • Separate and interacting effects of the endogenous circadian system and behaviors on plasma aldosterone in humans. Thosar S.S., Rueda J.F., Berman A.M., Lasarev M.R., Herzig M.X., Clemons N.A., Roberts S.A., Bowles N.P., Emens J.S., Ellison D.H., Shea S.A. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 316 (2018): R157 – R164
  • Role of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) in the leptin-mediated effects on feeding and energy balance. Balsevich G., Sticht M., Bowles N.P., Singh A., Lee T.T., Li Z., Chelikani P.K., Lee F.S., Borgland S.L., Hillard C.J., McEwen B.S., Hill M.N. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 29 (2018): 7605-7610.
  • Lowest perceived exertion in the late morning due to effects of the endogenous circadian system. Thosar S.S., Herzig M.X., Roberts S.A., Berman A.M., Clemons N.A., McHill A.W., Bowles N.P., Morimoto M., Butler M.P., Emens J.S. and Shea S.A. Br J Sports Med. (2018): bjsports-2018.
  • Recent legalization of cannabis use: effects on sleep, health, and workplace safety. Bowles N.P., Herzig M.X., Shea S.A. Nature and science of sleep. 9 (2017): 249
  • Trouble in transit: Organizational barriers to workers' health. Bowles N.P., McEwen B.S., Boutin-Foster C. Am J Ind Med. 60.4 (2017): 350-367. 


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