The BWHS is led by principal 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 and Professor of Epidemiology, 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.
Lauren Wise, ScD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her work focuses primarily on environmental and genetic risk factors for benign gynecologic conditions, adverse birth outcomes, and early menopause, and she also studies multiple sclerosis.
Yvette Cozier, DSc is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology 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 Assistant 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 Postdoctoral 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.
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.
Kathryn Lunetta, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Boston University School of Public Health. She specializes in statistical genetics.
Emma Viscidi, PhD is an Epidemiologist at Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She has a background in mental health and her research has focused on risk factors for breast cancer.
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
Collaborators and Consultants on BWHS Projects
Michelle Albert, MD, Cardiology/Epidemiology, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
Christine Ambrosone, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, Roswell Park Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY
Jeffrey Berman, MD, Sarcoidosis, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, Pediatrics/Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Richard Burnett, PhD, Statistics, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Marjory Charlot, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Adrienne Cupples, PhD, Statistical Genetics, Boston University School of Public Health,Boston, MA
Chiranjeev Dash, MD, Epidemiology/Diabetes, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Gerald Denis, PhD, Pharmacology/Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 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
Kepher Makambi, PhD, Statistics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
George O’Connor, MD, Pulmonology, Boston University School of Medicine
Andrew Olshan, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Sara Olson, PhD, Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, NY
Michael Pencina, PhD, Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
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
James Rosenweig, MD, Endocrinology, Boston University School of Medicine, 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
Elizabeth A. Stewart, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Varsha Vimalanada, MD, Endocrinology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Delia Russell, MPH, Project Coordinator
Patricia Simmons, MS, Project Coordinator – Blood Study
Carolyn Conte, MPH, Research Coordinator – Data Quality
Dianne Dunn, Research Coordinator – Medical Records
Hannah Lord, Research Coordinator
Helen Bond, RN
Nelsy Castro-Webb, ALM
Sharon Cornelius, MS
Hanna Gerlovin, MA
Stephen A. Haddad, MS
Peilan Lee, MD
Zainab Shuaib, MD, MPH
Jackie Smith, RN, MPH
Todd Sponholtz, MPH
Jeffrey Yu, MPH