Yvette C. Cozier, D.Sc.

Yvette CozierEpidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Boston University School of Public Health



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.