Courtney D. Cogburn
Assistant Professor of Social Work
PhD, University of Michigan
Focus: Racism and health disparities—focusing on cardiovascular functioning and disease, mental health and psychosocial resources.
Research: Utlitizes multiple methodologies—e.g., laboratory experiments and epidemiological data—to examine effects of individual, cultural and structural racism on health. Two current projects: 1) laboratory experiment examining effects of media-based cultural racism on cardiovascular, emotional, and behavioral stress responses; and 2) big data analytics measuring prevalence of media racism and media activism, focusing on recent events surrounding police brutality and social activism related to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate of the Columbia Population Research Center. Her research integrates principles and methodologies across psychology, stress physiology and social epidemiology to investigate relationships between racism-related stress and racial health disparities across the life course. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Her current research projects examine:
- the effects of cultural racism in the media on physiological, psychological and behavioral stress reactivity and moderating effects of cognitive appraisal processes;
- the role of structural racism in producing disease risk; and
- chronic psychosocial stress exposure and related implications for understanding Black/White disparities in cardiovascular health and disease between early and late adulthood.
At the end of 2014, Dr. Cogburn received an award from the Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University for a project titled “Black Face to Ferguson: A Mixed Methodological Examination of Media Racism, Media Activism and Health.”
In addition to her academic research, Dr. Cogburn works with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Centerat the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a senior advisor at the International Center Advocates Against Discrimination in NYC to educate and build community activism around issues of racism and health.
Before coming to Columbia in July 2014, Dr. Cogburn was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and PhD in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.