Yzette Lanier
Yzette Lanier, PhD
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Assistant Professor
Yale University, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS - Visiting Research Scientist
PhD, Developmental Psychology, Howard University
MS, Developmental Psychology, Howard University
BS, Psychology, Howard University
Research Interests
Adolescent health, HIV/STI prevention, Health equity, African American adolescents, Social and behavioral interventions
Yzette Lanier is a tenure-track assistant professor in NYU’s College of Nursing. Dr. Lanier completed a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV prevention in communities of color in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania where she received specialized training in conducting health equity research and intervention development and implementation in vulnerable communities. Dr. Lanier’s research broadly centers on health promotion and disease prevention in communities of color, with a special focus on preventing HIV and STIs among African American adolescents. Using health equity and strengths-based lenses, her research seeks to understand how individual, social, and cultural factors influence adolescents’ sexual decision-making. Dr. Lanier’s current research examines how adolescent romantic relationships influence sexual behaviors. Her long-term goal is to develop effective developmentally appropriate, culturally tailored interventions that promote healthy romantic relationships and protective sexual behaviors among adolescents and their sexual partners.
Principal Investigator, Development of a Couples-Focused HIV Behavioral Intervention to Enhance Uptake of Evidenced Informed Combination HIV Preventative Methods for High-Risk Heterosexually-Identified Black Youth and Their Romantic Partners. Completed
Principal Investigator, Healthy Romantic Relationship Formation Among African American Adolescents: Extending Beyond Risk Paradigms. Completed


Guilamo-Ramos V, Thimm-Kaiser M, Benzekri A, Hidalgo A, Lanier Y, Tlou S, de Lourdes Rosas Lopez M, Soletti AB, Hagan H (2021).
Nurses at the frontline of public health emergency preparedness and response: Lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic and emerging infectious disease outbreaks
Lancet Infectious Diseases [Epub 2021 Mar 18]. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30983-X. PMCID: PMC7972309.

Lanier Y, Goldstein A, Lavarin C, Choi E, Bond K, Riascos K (2021).
A qualitative investigation of facilitators to Black and Latino adolescent and young adults’ participation in a couple-based HIV prevention study
American Journal of Health Promotion [Epub 2021 Mar 1]. doi: 10.1177/0890117121997040.

Opara I, Weissinger GM, Lardier DT, Lanier Y, Carter S, Brawner BM (2021).
Mental health burden among Black adolescents: The need for better assessment, diagnosis and treatment engagement
Social Work in Mental Health, 19 (2), 88-104. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2021.1879345.

Lanier Y, Amutah-Onukagha N, Cornelius T, Lavarin C, Kershaw T (2021).
Interpartner concordance on relationship quality and sexually transmitted infections among young pregnant and parenting couples
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 48 (2), 123-127. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001281. PMCID: PMC7855501.

Perez NB, Lanier Y, Squires A (2020).
Inequities along the depression care cascade in African American women: An integrative review
Issues in Mental Health Nursing [Epub 2020 Dec 11]. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1853289.

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