Yvette C Cozier, DSc Hear my name
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Boston University School of Public Health
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DSc, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Harvard University Extension School

Dr. Cozier is an investigator on the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) and the BWHS Sarcoidosis Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center. Her research interests include social and genetic determinants of health in African-American women -- specifically, the influence of psychosocial stressors (e.g., racism, neighborhood socioeconomic status), and genetics in the development of cancer, cardiometabolic, and immune-mediated diseases (sarcoidosis, lupus). Additional research interests include oral health, and the role that religiosity/spirituality and the faith community, particularly the black church, plays in health promotion/disease prevention in the Black community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

• Co-Investigator, Black Women’s Health Study (2004-present)
• Designed and teach Social Epidemiology (SPH EP775) (2008-present)
• Chair of the BUSPH Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) committee.
• Liaise with the Medical Campus Associate Deans and Directors of Diversity and Inclusion.
• Conduct DEIJ trainings for SPH search committees.
• Hold quarterly “Coffee Chats” for students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral associates.
• Sponsor SPH Reads, the School of Public Health’s one-school, one-book program. Since 2016, the program has hosted authors on campus and integrated selected books into the
SPH/MPH Core curriculum.
• Serve as Co-sponsor (with the Associate Provost for Community and Inclusion) for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) pillar of the University Strategic Plan. In this role, I helped to
create HUB SJ 101: Social Justice Systems, a new undergraduate Hub course on social and racial justice, scheduled to will launch in Fall 2022.
• I serve on the university-wide Recruitment Committee organized through the BU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).
• Serve as faculty advisor/mentor to the Students of Color for Public Health student group.
• Co-chair the Anti-racism Committee in the Department of Epidemiology.
• Complete biennial BU mandatory online Title IX training.
• Moderate sessions on diversity and inclusion during the annual BUSPG All-school retreat.
• Past Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council Equity and Inclusion Committee.
• Past Chair of the Boston University Faculty Assembly Nominating Committee.
External DEI activities include:
• Member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group. Social Determinants of Health Working Group (2020-2021).
• Co-chair and co-teach a Society of Epidemiology Research (SER) pre-conference workshop on “Inclusive Teaching in Epidemiology” (2020-present).
• Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR), Women of Color (WOC) Clinical Advisory Committee (2020-present).

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

A Follow-up Study for Causes of Cancer in Black Women
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2027 (Multi-PI)
PI: Yvette C Cozier, DSc
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Risk factors for Parkinson’s disease among participants in the Black Women’s Health Study
12/01/2021 - 11/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Michael J. Fox Fdn

(CRIA) Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among US Black Women
10/01/2023 - 09/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The General Hospital Corporation d/b/a Massachusetts General Hospital Crohns & Colitis Fdn

COVID-19 infection, African American women, and cardiovascular health
06/01/2020 - 03/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco American Heart Assoc

Psychosocial stressors in relation to oral health in African American Women
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research

Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Women: Bladder Health Scientific and Data Coordinating Center
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Regents of the University of Minnesota NIH NIDDK

Sarcoidosis in US Black Women: Genetic and Non-Genetic Risk Factors
05/01/2008 - 05/31/2013 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


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  1. Harper L, Culver DA, Cozier YC. Race and class in big data. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2024 Jun 28; 41(2):e2024001. PMID: 38940705
  2. Ruiz-Narváez EA, Cozier Y, Zirpoli G, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Perceived Experiences of racism in Relation to Genome-Wide DNA Methylation and Epigenetic Aging in the Black Women's Health Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2024 Feb 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38324238
  3. Sheehy S, Brock M, Palmer JR, Albert MA, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L. Perceived Interpersonal Racism in Relation to Incident Coronary Heart Disease Among Black Women. Circulation. 2024 Feb 13; 149(7):521-528.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38235551; PMCID: PMC10926238; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.123.066471;
  4. Rosario MA, Alotaibi R, Espinal-Martinez AO, Ayoub A, Baumann A, Clark U, Cozier Y, Schon K. Personal Mastery Attenuates the Association between Greater Perceived Discrimination and Lower Amygdala and Anterior Hippocampal Volume in a Diverse Sample of Older Adults. bioRxiv. 2024 Jan 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38293042; PMCID: PMC10827091; DOI: 10.1101/2024.01.12.575447;
  5. Cozier YC, Arkema EV. Update on Sarcoidosis - Clinics in Chest Medicine Robert P. Baughman, MD, Elyse E. Lower, MD, Marc A. Judson, MD, Editors. Epidemiology of Sarcoidosis. Elsevier Inc. St. Louis. 2023; 45(1):DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j..
  6. Davidson JC, Kent BV, Cozier YC, Kanaya AM, Warner ET, Eliassen AH, Williams DR, Shields AE. "Does Religious Service Attendance Modify the Relationship between Everyday Discrimination and Risk of Obesity? Results from the Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health". J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Nov 03. PMID: 37921946; PMCID: PMC11065965; DOI: 10.1007/s40615-023-01765-5;
  7. Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L. Research on Health Disparities: Strategies and Findings From the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Nov 03; 192(11):1806-1810.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35136921; PMCID: PMC11004793; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac022;
  8. Sheehy S, Aparicio HJ, Palmer JR, Cozier Y, Lioutas VA, Shulman JG, Rosenberg L. Perceived Interpersonal Racism and Incident Stroke Among US Black Women. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Nov 01; 6(11):e2343203.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37948073; PMCID: PMC10638652; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.43203;
  9. Bertrand KA, Delp L, Coogan PF, Cozier YC, Lenzy YM, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Hair relaxer use and risk of uterine cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Environ Res. 2023 Dec 15; 239(Pt 1):117228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37821068; PMCID: PMC10842360; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.117228;
  10. Arkema EV, Rossides M, Cozier YC. Sarcoidosis and its relation to other immune-mediated diseases: Epidemiological insights. J Autoimmun. 2023 Oct 08; 103127. PMID: 37816661
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2018 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2016 Graduate Research Symposium, BU: SPH Dean's Award, Faculty Prize
2015 Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Research Retreat: Best Poster Prize
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award - Spring 2013 (EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology)
2013 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award - Fall 2013 (EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology)
2010 Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Certificate of Appreciation
2009 Society of Epidemiology Research (SER): Second Place Prize, (Poster Session 1)
2008 Boston University School of Public Heatlh: Excellence in Teaching Award - Social Epidemiology
2008 University of Kentucky, African American Studies and Research Program: Exceptional Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award
2007 Society of Epidemiology Research (SER): Third Place Prize (Poster Session 2)
2007 American Public Health Association (APHA): Highest Scoring Abstract Prize, Women's Caucus
2004 American College of Epidemiology (ACE): Best Student Poster
2001 American Public Health Association (APHA) : Epidemiology Student Travel Award
1994-1995 Albert Schweitzer Foundation: Albert Schweitzer Urban Fellowship
1994-1996 Department of Defense: Pre-doctoral Training Award
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