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


Lanier Y, Lui N, Zhong J, Rivera-Cash D, Cornelius T, Stewart JM (2024).
Attitudes toward the uptake of combination HIV prevention methods among young Black and Latino heterosexual couples living in New York City: A qualitative study
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 35 (3), 281-293. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000464.

Zhong J, Lanier Y, Lyndon A, Kershaw T (2024).
Factors associated with family functioning during pregnancy by adolescent and young adult women
Women's Health Reports, 5 (1), 324-333. doi: 10.1089/whr.2023.0083. PMCID: PMC11002326.

Lanier Y, Rivera-Cash D, Lavarin C, Goldstein A, Cantu L, Phung B, Guilamo-Ramos V, Sutton M (2024).
Application of the unified theory of behavior to strengthen sexual health discussions between providers and young patients in the United States
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 56 (1), 4-15. doi: 10.1111/psrh.12253.

Evans KN, Martinez O, King H, van den Berg JJ, Fields EL, Lanier Y, Hussen AS, Malave-Rivera SM, Duncan DT, Gaul Z, Buchacz K (2023).
Utilizing community based participatory research methods in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities in the US: The CDC Minority HIV Research Initiative (MARI-Round 4)
Journal of Community Health, 48 (4), 698-710. doi: 10.1007/s10900-023-01209-5. PMCID: PMC10028312.

Lanier Y, Cornelius T, Morillo C, Lavarin C, Brawner BM, Kershaw T (2023).
A dyadic analysis exploring the mediating role of relationship quality on discrimination and HIV/STI risk among young Black and Latino expecting couples
AIDS and Behavior, 27 (4), 1269-1276. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03863-7. PMCID: PMC10038914.

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