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Courtney Cogburn, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Education, Psychology, Social Determinants of Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Stress and Coping, Discrimination, Racial Health Disparities, Psychosocial Development



Courtney Cogburn received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Courtney’s research integrates principles and methodologies across psychology, stress physiology and social epidemiology to investigate relationships between stress and racial health disparities across the life course. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University, she will focus on: 1) developing a multidimensional measure of racial stress and 2) the role of racial stress and other structural and psychosocial stressors in producing biological vulnerabilities in racial/ethnic minority populations. Courtney contends that “race” does not cause or influence anything but rather there are social, psychological, and physiological phenomena associated with race that are important in considering health within and disparities across racial groups. Accordingly, an overarching goal of her research is to inform theoretical, empirical and measurement issues surrounding the study of “race” in health.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Courtney Cogburn's available publications in PubMed.