Dr. Yvette Cozier is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, and the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Public Health. She is also an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University where she is an investigator on the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), a prospective follow-up of over 59,000 African American women begun in 1995. Dr. Cozier’s overall research focus is on the influence of psychosocial factors in the development of chronic illness. Read more
She has published several analyses of perceived racism in relation to hypertension, breast cancer incidence, weight gain/obesity, and mortality in the BWHS. In addition, she has published analyses of neighborhood socioeconomic status, including median household income and segregation, on the risks of hypertension, and diabetes. For the past several years, Dr. Cozier has been studying selected risk factors for sarcoidosis and SLE in the BWHS, including reproductive factors, genetic polymorphisms, and obesity. She is the co-principal investigator of the Epi AWARE Study of Asian American women, a collaboration between BU Schools of Public Health and Social Work. Additional research interests include assessing the role of attitudes about spirituality and religiosity in health promotion and disease prevention efforts among Boston-area residents and clergy.