Yamnia I. Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP
Cardiovascular Nursing, Health Disparities, Women’s Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Dr. Cortés obtained her BA in Biology and completed a concentration in Latino/a Studies at Williams College in 2006. She completed her MPH in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University in 2009, where she also received her BS/MS in Nursing and FNP-BC. In 2015, she received her PhD at Columbia University School of Nursing. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health from 2015-2018 in Cardiovascular Epidemiology. Dr. Cortés leads an interdisciplinary research program focusing on cardiovascular disease in midlife women. She has a longstanding interest in understanding how women’s reproductive health may be an indicator of future cardiovascular disease risk, including measures of subclinical vascular disease. Another area of research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in women’s reproductive and cardiovascular health, as well as the role of sociocultural factors.
||Scholar, NHLBI Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health Related Research (PRIDE), Behavioral and Sleep Medicine|
|2019||North American Menopause Society New Investigator Award|
|2016-2017||Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Scholar, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh|
|2015||First Place, Eastern Nursing Research Society Poster Award|
|2012-Present||Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing|
|2012||Selected as an Academy Health/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholar|
|2009||Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – United Health Foundation Scholar|
|2008||Third Place, Goldmann Student Paper Merit Award, Public Health Association of New York City|
|2008||Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholar, National Hispanic Health Foundation|
|2007||Community Scholar, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health|
|2007||Honorable Mention, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation|
|2005||Americorps State and National Segal Education Award|
|2004||Williams College Class of 1960 Biology Scholar, Williams College|
†student mentored manuscript
‡ senior author
*Cortés, Y.I., Catov, J.M., Brooks, M., El Khoudary, SR. Thurston, RC., Matthews, KA. Isasi, CR., Jackson, EA., Barinas-Mitchell, E. Pregnancy-related events associated with subclinical cardiovascular disease burden in late midlife: SWAN [Epub ahead of print July 30,2019]. Atherosclerosis. Doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2019.07.012. PMID: 31446211.
*Kariuki, J.K., Cortés, Y.I., Imes, C.C., Weiss, P.M., Engber, S. (2019). The impact of lifestyle modification on absolute cardiovascular disease risk: A systematic review protocol [Epub ahead of print March 7, 2019]. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. Doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003847. PMCID: pending.
*Lucero, R., Jaime-Lara, R., Cortés, Y.I., Kearney, J., Suero-Tejeda, N., Bakken, S., Mittelman, M., Luchsinger, JA. (2019). Hispanic dementia family caregiver’s knowledge, experience, and awareness of self-management: Foundations for health information technology interventions. Hispanic Health Care International, 17(2):49-58. Doi: 10.1177/1540415318819220. PMID 30590959. PMCID: pending.
*Cortés, Y.I., Parikh, N., Allison, M., Criqui, M., Suder Egnot, N., Barinas-Mitchell, E., Wassel, C. (2018). Women’s reproductive history and pre-clinical peripheral arterial disease in late life: The San Diego Population Study [Epub ahead of print December 1, 2018]. Journal of Women’s Health. Doi: 10.1089/jwh.2018.7080. PMID: 30508411. PMCID: pending.
*Cortés, Y.I., Catov, J.M., Brooks, M., Harlow, S.D., Isasi, C., Jackson, E.A., Matthews, KA., Thurston, RC., Barinas-Mitchell, E. (2018). History of adverse pregnancy outcomes, blood pressure, and subclinical vascular measures in late midlife: SWAN. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(1). doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.007138. PMCID: PMC5778964.
*Rowell-Cunsolo, T.L., Cortés, Y.I., Long, Y., Castro-Rivas, E., Liu, J. Acceptability of rapid HIV testing among Latinos in Washington Heights, New York City, New York, USA. (2017) Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(4), 861-867. PMCID: PMC5418111.
*Cortés, Y.I., Reame, N., Zeana, C., Ferris, D.C., Shane, E., Yin, M.T. Cardiovascular risk in HIV-infected and uninfected postmenopausal minority women: Use of the Framingham Risk Score. (2017). Journal of Women’s Health, 26(3), 241-248. PMCID: PMC5361765.
*Cortés, Y.I., Arcia, A., Kearney, J., Luchsinger, J., Lucero, J. Urban-dwelling community members’ views on biomedical research engagement: A qualitative study. (2017). Qualitative Health Research, 27(1), 130-137. PMCID: PMC5166984.
*Lucero, R.J., Kearney, J., Cortés, Y.I., Arcia, A., Appelbaum, P., Fernandez, R., Luchsinger, J. Benefits and risks in secondary use of digitized clinical data: Views of community members living in a predominantly ethnic minority urban neighborhood. (2015). AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 6(2), 12-22. PMCID: PMC4475405.
Cortés, Y.I., Yin, M.T., Reame, N.K. Low bone mineral density and fractures in postmenopausal HIV-infected women: A systematic review. (2015). Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 26(4), 387-398. PMCID: PMC4573531.
*Smaldone, A., Stockwell, M., Osborne, J.C., Cortés, Y. Bekele, E., Green, N.S. Adolescent and parent use of mobile technologies and health communication preferences in an urban Latino community. (2015). Journal of Public Health Research, 4(1), 376-381. PMCID: PMC4407036.
Dong, H.V., Cortés, Y.I., Shiau, S., Yin, M.T. Fractures and osteoporosis in HIV/HCV co-infected persons: A systematic review and meta-analysis. (2014). AIDS, 28(14), 2119-2131. PMCID: PMC4940983.
K23 MD014767, Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Perimenopausal Latinas: Pilot study of a Multi-Component Intervention (PI: Cortés).
T32 HL083825, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program (PI: Orchard).
T32 NR013454, Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (PI: Larson).