Yamnia Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Professor

Dr. Yamnia I. Cortés directs the CortésMenoLab, which promotes the health of women in midlife and beyond through science, community mobilization, education, and policy. Her interdisciplinary program of research is focused on understanding the sociocultural, environmental, behavioral, and biological factors across the life course that impact midlife women’s cardiovascular health and menopause health disparities. Additionally, Dr. Cortés develops culturally based, community engaged interventions to improve menopause-related outcomes and reduce cardiovascular disease risk in midlife Latinas. She is also actively involved in research evaluating the interface between reproductive aging, sleep, and cognitive decline. Dr. Cortés obtained her BA in Biology and a concentration in Latino/a Studies at Williams College. She completed her MPH in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, where she also received her BS/MS in Nursing. In 2015, she received her PhD from Columbia University School of Nursing and subsequently completed postdoctoral training in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In 2019, she received a New Investigator Award from the North American Menopause Society. She is an Associate Investigator in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Reproductive Health - Menopause, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. 

Research areas
  • Health disparities and equity
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Reproductive aging, menopause, midlife women's health
  • Community-engaged research
Yamnia Cortes
PhD, Columbia University
BSN-MSN, Columbia University
MPH, Columbia University
BA, Williams College