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2011 Ph.D., Psychology, University of Adelaide, Australia
2006 Bachelor of Health Science (Hons), University of Adelaide, Australia
2004 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Anthropology, University of Adelaide, Australia
Kayla de la Haye works to promote health and prevent disease by applying social network analysis and systems science to key public health issues. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense, shows that social networks and health behaviors evolve in mutually dependent ways: social selection and shared environments create social groupings with particular health norms and practices, and these social groups subsequently shape and reinforce behavior in ways that have profound impacts on health and wellbeing.
Her current work focuses on developing health interventions that integrate transdisciplinary team science, social networks and systems science, as well as big data and mobile health technology, to promote healthy outcomes—in particular, healthy eating and weight—in priority populations. She serves as co-director, research development, of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. de la Haye has previously worked as an associate behavioral/social scientist at the RAND Corporation. In 2018 she received the INSNA Freeman award for significant contributions to the study of social structure.