Dr. Yvette Cozier
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
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 health conditions including obesity and cardiovascular risk. She has published several analyses of perceived racism in relation to hypertension, breast cancer incidence, weight gain, 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 in the BWHS and the Nurses’ Health Study II, including reproductive factors, genetic polymorphisms, and obesity. Additional research interests include factors related to aging, specifically oral health and urogenital health. She has also assessed the role of attitudes about spirituality and religiosity on health.