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.
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.
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, PhD is an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on racially- and socioeconomically-patterned health disparities, with particular attention to risk of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer and to exposures at the neighborhood level.
Kimberly Bertrand, ScD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine 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.
Georgetown University Investigators
Chiranjeev Dash, MD, Epidemiology/Diabetes, Georgetown University
Kepher Makambi, PhD, Statistics, Georgetown University
Sarah Oppeneer, PhD, Cancer Epidemiology, Georgetown University
Leslie Bernstein, PhD, is principal investigator for the California Teachers Study, and professor, Department of Population Sciences in the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope. She was formerly Professor of Preventive Medicine and holder of the AFLAC, Inc., Chair in Cancer Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on identifying risk factors for breast and other women’s cancers, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Linda Clayton, MD, MPH, gynecologic oncologist, is the Co-Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care, Inc.; Health Policy Researcher and Instructor, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School; Adjunct Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Meharry Medical College. She is co-author (with W. Michael Byrd, M.D.) of “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 Senior Vice President, Chapter Programming at the nonprofit organization Say Yes to Education. She has previously served as the 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.
Susan Hankinson, Sc.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been a senior investigator with the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and NHS II cohorts for over 25 years and served as Principal Investigator of the NHS from 2006-2011. She is a cancer epidemiologist with a focus on breast cancer as well as the incorporation of biomarkers into epidemiologic research.
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and is founder and Chairperson of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN).
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
Delia Russell, MPH, Project Coordinator
Patricia Simmons, MS, Project Coordinator – Blood Collection Study
Carolyn Conte, MPH, Research Coordinator – Data Quality
Lauren Barber, MS
Helen Bond, RN
Nelsy Castro-Webb, ALM
Sharon Cornelius, MS
Hanna Gerlovin, MA
Darlene Lu, MS
Jackie Smith, RN, MPH