The BWHS is led by investigators Lynn Rosenberg and Julie Palmer, from Boston University, and Lucile Adams-Campbell, from Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Black women with a wide range of expertise serve on the BWHS Advisory Board. The Board members provide advice and guidance on research directions in the BWHS and the health needs of Black women.
Advisory Board and Investigators
Front Row: Traci Bethea, Julie Palmer, Linda Clayton (Advisory Board), Lynn Rosenberg, Jacqueline McLeod (Advisory Board)
Back Row: Patricia Coogan, Ellen Grant (Advisory Board), Edward Ruiz-Narvaez, Yvette Cozier, C. Alicia Georges (Advisory Board), Lucile Adams-Campbell, Lauren Wise, Deborah Boggs
Lynn Rosenberg, ScD is Principal Investigator of the BWHS, Professor of Epidemiology, and Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She has studied women’s health for over three decades.
Julie Palmer, ScD is Co-Principal Investigator of the BWHS, Professor of Epidemiology, and senior investigator at Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Her research has focused on genetic and non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer and diabetes.
Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD is Co-Principal Investigator of the BWHS and Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research has focused on cancer and heart disease.
Yvette Cozier, DSc is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Public Health. Her research interests include the influence of genetics and social factors (e.g., neighborhood socioeconomic status, experiences of racism and discrimination) on cardiovascular disease and sarcoidosis.
Edward Ruiz-Narvaez, ScD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. He investigates genetic risk factors associated with health outcomes that include breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus, and uterine fibroids.
Patricia Coogan, ScD is a Research Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She conducts research on the health effects of neighborhood factors and environmental factors, including socioeconomic status, the built environment, and air pollution. She also studies the effect of psychosocial factors on health.
Traci Bethea, DSc is a Research Associate at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She has a background in environmental health and epidemiology and is studying breast cancer and other cancers.
Kimberly Bertrand, ScD is a Research Associate at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with an emphasis on understanding environmental, nutritional and lifestyle factors that may influence cancer risk.
Kathryn Lunetta, PhD is a Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. She specializes in statistical genetics.
Laura White, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. She is interested in the effect of environmental factors on health.
Linda Clayton, MD, MPH, gynecologic oncologist, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and author (with W. Michael Byrd, M.D.) of the book series “An American Health Dilemma,” which documents the history of poorer health of African-Americans and the failures of the American health care system.
C. Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN is Chairperson of the Lehman College Department of Nursing, former President of the Black Nurses’ Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of AARP.
Ellen Grant, PhD, LCSW-R is currently Second Deputy Mayor of Buffalo, New York and is a former executive in several health organizations in New York State, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH is Professor and Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Chair of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network.
Jacqueline McLeod, MPH, MEd is currently Director of Healing Communities Network, an organization that works to reintegrate prisoners and former prisoners into the community, and a former executive at organizations that include Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the American Lung Association.
Former Advisory Board Members
Ruth Cage, educator, served on BWHS Board 1994-2014
Rosemary Graham, lupus educator, served on BWHS Board 1994-2008
Linda Villarosa, journalist/author, served on BWHS Board 1994-2000
Other Boston University Investigators
Jeffrey Berman, MD, Sarcoidosis, Boston University Medical Center
Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, Pediatrics/Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Marjory Charlot, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine
Adrienne Cupples, PhD, Statistical Genetics, Boston University School of Public Health
Gerald Denis, PhD, Pharmacology/Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
George O’Connor, MD, Pulmonology, Boston University School of Medicine
James Rosenweig, MD, Endocrinology, Boston University School of Medicine
Varsha Vimalanada, MD, Endocrinology, Boston University School of Medicine
Lauren Wise, ScD, Reproductive Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
Other Georgetown University Investigators
Chiranjeev Dash, MD, Epidemiology/Diabetes, Georgetown University
Kepher Makambi, PhD, Statistics, Georgetown University
Sarah Oppeneer, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, Georgetown University
Collaborators from other Institutions
Michelle Albert, MD, Cardiology/Epidemiology, University of California San Francisco, Division of Cardiology, San Francisco, CA
Christine Ambrosone, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, Roswell Park Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
Richard Burnett, PhD, Statistics, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Karen Costenbader, MD, systemic lupus erythematosus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Christopher Haiman, ScD, Genetic Epidemiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Jerrett, PhD, Environmental Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Laurence Kolonel, MD, Cancer Epidemiology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, Nutritional Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Andrew Olshan, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Sara Olson, PhD, Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, NY
David Reich, PhD, Genetics/Statistics, Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute, Boston, MA
Paul Ridker, MD, Cardiology/Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Michael Ronthal, MD, Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Charles Rotimi, PhD, Genetic Epidemiology, NIH/NIGRE, Bethesda, MD
Johanna M. Seddon, MD, Ophthalmology, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Edmund Seto, PhD, Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Eva Schernhammer, MD, DrPH, circadian disturbances, Harvard School of Public Health
Elizabeth A. Stewart, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Delia Russell, MPH, Project Coordinator
Patricia Simmons, MS, Project Coordinator – Blood Collection Study
Carolyn Conte, MPH, Research Coordinator – Data Quality
Helen Bond, RN
Nelsy Castro-Webb, ALM
Sharon Cornelius, MS
Hanna Gerlovin, MA
Stephen A. Haddad, MS
Kathryn McInerney, SM
Zainab Shuaib, MD, MPH
Jackie Smith, RN, MPH
Jeffrey Yu, MPH