Yvette C. Cozier, D.Sc.

Yvette CozierEpidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health

yvettec@bu.edu

Education:

A.B., 1987, Harvard University
M.P.H., 1994, Boston University School of Public Health
D.Sc., 2004, Boston University School of Public Health

Research Interests:

Dr. Cozier 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 sarcoidosis, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  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, including reproductive factors and genetic polymorphisms.  She has also assessed the role of attitudes about spirituality and religiosity in health promotion and disease prevention efforts among Boston-area residents and clergy.

    • Greece JA, Feld S, DeJong W, Cozier YC, Quatromoni PA. Effects of a school-based intervention on middle school children’s daily food and beverage intake. Health Behav Policy Rev (in press).
    • Gerke AK, Tang F, Cozier YC, Lash MT, Schappet J, Phillips E, Polgreen PM. A web-based registry for patients with sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis (in press).
    • VanderWeele TJ, Yu J, Cozier YC, Wise LA, Argentieri MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Religious service attendance, prayer, religious coping, and religious-spiritual identity as predictors of all-cause mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol (in press). PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
    • Palmer JR, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Bertrand KA, Holick MF, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Wise LA, Haddad SA, Adams-Campbell LL, Kaufman HW, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Predicted 25-hydroxyvitamin D in relation to incidence of breast cancer in a large cohort of African American women. Breast Cancer Res 2016;18(1):86. doi: 10.1186/s13058-016-0745-x. PMCID: PMC4983060.
    • Adams-Campbell LL, Dash C, Palmer JR, Wiedemeier M, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Predictors of biospecimen donation in the Black Women’s Health Study. Cancer Causes Control 2016;27(6):797-803. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0747-0. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process.
    • Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality in the Black Women’s Health Study. Ethn Dis 2016;26(2):157-64. doi: 10.18865/ed.26.2.157. PMCID: PMC4836895.
    • Cozier YC, Albert MA, Castro-Webb N, Coogan PF, Ridker P, Kaufman HW, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to serum biomarkers in the Black Women’s Health Study. J Urban Health 2016;93(2):279-91. doi: 10.1007/s11524-016-0034-0. PMCID: PMC4835359.
    • Dumas O, Abramovitz L, Wiley AS, Cozier YC, Camargo CA. Epidemiology of sarcoidosis in a prospective cohort study of U.S. women. Ann Am Thorac Soc 2016;13(1):67-71. doi: 0.1513/AnnalsATS.201508-568BC. PMCID: PMC4722845.
    • Greece JA, Kratze A, DeJong W, Cozier YC, Quatromoni PA. Body mass index and sociodemographic predictors of school lunch purchase behavior during a year-long environmental intervention in middle school. Behav Sci 2015;5(2):324-40. doi: 10.3390/bs5020324.
    • Cozier YC, Coogan PF, Govender P, Berman JS, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Obesity and weight gain in relation to incidence of sarcoidosis in US black women: data from the Black Women’s Health Study. Chest 2015;147(4):1086-93. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-1099. PMCID: PMC4388117.
    • Cozier YC, Yu J, Coogan PF, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Racism, segregation, and risk of obesity in the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2014;179(7):875-83. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwu004. PMCID: PMC3969538.
    • Coogan PF, Yu J, O’Connor GT, Brown TA, Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Experiences of racism and the incidence of adult-onset asthma. Chest 2014;145(3):480-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.13-0665. PMCID: PMC3941245.
    • Tukey MH, Berman JS, Boggs DA, White LF, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Mortality among African American women with sarcoidosis: data from the Black Women’s Health Study. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis 2013;30(2):128-33. PMCID: PMC3801105.
    • Cozier YC, Ruiz-Narváez EA, McKinnon CJ, Berman JS, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Replication of genetic loci for sarcoidosis in U.S. black women: data from the Black Women’s Health Study. Hum Genet 2013;132(7):803-10. doi: 10.1007/s00439-013-1292-5. PMCID: PMC3746966.
    • Palmer JR, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rotimi CN, Cupples LA, Cozier YC, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L. Genetic susceptibility loci for subtypes of breast cancer in an African American population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2013;22(1):127-34. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0769. PMCID: PMC3538887.
    • Wise LA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Tandon A, Patterson N, Radin RG, Rosenberg L, Reich D. African ancestry and genetic risk for uterine leiomyomata. Am J Epidemiol 2012;176(12):1159–68. doi: 10.1093/aje/kws276. PMCID: PMC3571235.
    • Cozier YC, Ruiz-Narváez EA, McKinnon C, Berman J, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Fine-mapping in African-American women confirms the importance of the 10p12 locus to sarcoidosis. Genes Immun 2012;13(7):573-8. doi: 10.1038/gene.2012.42. PMCID: PMC3475762.
    • Bethea TN, Lopez RP, Cozier YC, White LF, McClean MD. The relationship between rural status, individual characteristics, and self-rated health in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Rural Health 2012;28(4):327-38. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2012.00414.x.
    • Cozier YC, Berman JS, Palmer JR, Boggs DA, Wise LA, Rosenberg L. Reproductive and hormonal factors in relation to incidence of sarcoidosis in U.S. black women: the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2012;176(7):635-41. doi: 10.1093/aje/kws145. PMCID: PMC3530373.
    • Coogan PF, Wise LA, Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Lifecourse educational status in relation to weight gain in African American women. Ethn Dis 2012;22:198-206. PMCID: PMC3848417.
    • Radin RG, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Kumanyika SK, Wise LA.  Hypertension and risk of uterine leiomyomata in US black women.  Hum Reprod 2012;27(5):1504-9. doi: 10.1093/humrep/des046. PMCID: PMC3329191.
    • Wise LA, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L. Hair relaxer use and risk of uterine leiomyomata in African American women. Am J Epidemiol 2012;175(5):432-40. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr351. PMCID: PMC3282879.
    • Teti M, Drainoni ML, Raj A, Cozier YC, Harris C, Bright D, Welles SL. Barriers and facilitators to providing HIV-related services in Bostonian African American churches: a focus group study of clergy and community members. J HIV AIDS Soc Serv  2011;10(4):345-62. doi: 10.1080/15381501.2011.623907.
    • Boggs DA, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC, Wise LA, Coogan PF, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Palmer JR. General and abdominal obesity and risk of death among black women. N Engl J Med 2011;365:901-8. PMCID: PMC3206314.
    • Cozier YC, Berman JS, Palmer JR, Boggs DA, Serlin DM, Rosenberg L. Sarcoidosis in black women in the United States: data from the Black Women’s Health Study. Chest 2011;139(1):144-50. doi: 10.1378/chest.10-0413. PMCID: PMC3014690.
    • Albert MA, Cozier YC, Ridker PM, Palmer JR, Glynn RJ, Rose L, Halevy N, Rosenberg L. Perceptions of race/ethnic discrimination in relation to mortality among black women: results from the Black Women’s Health Study. Ann Intern Med 2010;170(10):896-904. PMCID: PMC3020569.
    • Coogan PF, Cozier YC, Krishnan S, Wise LA, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Neighborhood socioeconomic status in relation to 10-year weight gain in the Black Women’s Health Study. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2010;18(10):2064-5. doi: 10.1038/oby.2010.69. PMCID: PMC3150561.
    • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC, Cupples LA, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR. Polymorphisms in the TOX3/LOC643714 locus and risk of breast cancer in African-American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2010;19(5):1320-7. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-09-1250. PMCID: PMC2866101.
    • Krishnan S, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Socioeconomic status and incidence of type 2 diabetes: results from the Black Women’s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2010;171(5):564-70. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwp443. PMCID: PMC2842221.
    • Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rosenberg L, Rotimi C, Cupples LA, Boggs DA, Adeyemo A, Cozier YC, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR. Genetic variants on chromosome 5p12 are associated with risk of breast cancer in African American women: the Black Women’s Health Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2010;123(2):525-30. doi: 10.1007/s10549-010-0775-5. PMCID: PMC3208423.
    • Cozier YC, Wise LA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Perceived racism in relation to weight change in the Black Women’s Health Study. Ann Epidemiol 2009;19:379-87. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.01.008. PMCID: PMC2755225.
    • Carter-Pokras OD, Spirtas R, Bethune L, Mays V, Freeman V, Cozier YC. The training of epidemiologists and diversity in epidemiology: findings from the 2006 Congress of Epidemiology Survey. Ann Epidemiol 2009;19(4):268-75. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2009.02.004. PMCID: PMC2291284.
    • Wise LA, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Hunt MO, Stewart EA, Rosenberg L.  Perceived racial discrimination and risk of uterine leiomyomata.  Epidemiology 2007;18(6):747-57. PMCID: PMC2150737.
    • Hunt MO, Wise LA, Jipguep MC, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L.  Neighborhood racial composition and perceptions of racial discrimination: evidence from the Black Women’s Health Study.  Soc Psychol Q 2007;70(3):272-89.
    • Taylor TR, Williams CD, Makambi KH, Mouton C, Harrell JP, Cozier Y, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell AA.  Racial discrimination and breast cancer incidence in U.S. black women: the Black Women’s Health Study.  Am J Epidemiol 2007;166(1):46-54.
    • Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Horton NJ, Fredman L, Wise LA, Rosenberg L.  Relation between neighborhood median housing value and hypertension risk among black women in the United States.  Am J Public Health 2007;97(4):718-24.
    • Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Horton NJ, Fredman L, Wise LA, Rosenberg L.  Racial discrimination and the incidence of hypertension in U.S. black women.  Ann Epidemiol 2006;16:681-7.
    • Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Comparison of methods for collection of DNA samples by mail in the Black Women’s Health Study. Ann Epidemiol 2004;14(2):117-22.
    • Cozier YC, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL. Recent mammography use among African-American women. Ethn Dis 2001;11:188-91.