Dr. Nichola Driver is Executive Director for the Office of Field Service and an Assistant Professor at the Clinton School of Public Service. Driver teaches Field Research Methods and oversees the Practicum and IPSP experiences.
Her research areas include health disparities and social determinants of health, with a focus on maternal and reproductive health. Her recent projects have focused on the impact of social support for new mothers, factors associated with food insecurity among Latino families, perceptions of and access to contraception in Arkansas, and the impact of group prenatal care on birth outcomes. A native Arkansan, she strives to contribute to positive social change in her home state.
Dr. Driver is also a trained and experienced evaluator, having consulted for several local and state-wide organizations on monitoring and evaluation, including the Arkansas Department of Health, Entergy, Arkansas Human Development Corp, UAMS Women’s Center, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, and Northwest Arkansas Community College, among others. She frequently serves as an invited speaker for external institutions on the topics of monitoring and evaluation, developing indicators that matter, and the importance of logic models in program planning and evaluation.
Driver holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in public administration from UA Little Rock. She formerly served as the Director of Nonprofit Leadership Studies at UA Little Rock.