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Louise Hawkley

Pronouns: She/Her

Principal Research Scientist
Louise is a nationally recognized expert on loneliness and health during aging.

Louise is a field-leading expert in the areas of perceived social isolation (loneliness) and health during aging. At NORC, she leads research and analyses centered on identification of factors that increase risk for loneliness and the types of interventions that offer some benefit to lonely people. Her publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Louise acts as a co-investigator on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a National Institute on Aging funded panel study of health and social factors among older adults in the United States. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator of NSHAP’s COVID-19 supplemental study, which ran from 2020 to 2021.

Louise is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging, and serves on the editorial board of Research on Aging and Social Science & Medicine. She is an international speaker and served as an expert witness for the solitary confinement case, Ashker v. Governor of California, 2015. Louise is a founding member of the International Loneliness and Isolation Research Network (ILINK), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Foundation for Social Connection.



The Ohio State University


The Ohio State University


Bethel College, KS

Project Contributions

National Social Life, Health, and Aging COVID-19 Study

Assessing how resilience or vulnerabilities might affect older adults


National Institute on Aging