Marilyn Johnson-Kozlow

Marilyn Johnson-Kozlow




Research Scientist/Lecturer
San Diego State University

Professional Bio

Dr. Johnson-Kozlow is a lecturer in the Division of Health Promotion in the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University. She has a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego. She has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in psychometrics and an undergraduate degree in psychology from SDSU. She has over 30 years of experience in applied research settings in both the private and public sectors. She is the principal investigator (PI) on a three-year study funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program entitled, Modeling ETS Exposure and Dose Using PDA E-Diaries. She is also the PI on a study investigating acculturation among Latinos and health disparities from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her interests are in measurement of health behaviors (dietary intake, exposure to secondhand smoke and physical activity) and development of models for health behavior change among populations experiencing health disparities.

Project Description

This study was a secondary data analysis of data from the 2005 California Health Interview Study. Two main analyses were conducted, both having to do with the use of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among Mexican-Americans: one which looked at differences in rates of CRC screening as a function of ethnicity and limited English proficiency (non-Latino Whites vs. Mexican American) and the other as a function of acculturation.

My New Connections Experience

The New Connections grant was attractive because it offered a first grant opportunity using secondary data analysis in an important area of research, health disparities. Being awarded the grant would allow for greater opportunities for receiving additional grant support in the future. The secondary data analysis allowed the PI to skip data collection and proceed straight to data analysis. This allowed time for literature review in the area of health disparities, measurement of acculturation, and learning new ways to analyze data with complex sampling designs. New Connections was an altogether satisfactory grant experience.

The New Connections grant can give the grantee the “”right”” to consider themselves a researcher, to learn the responsibility associated with bringing the research focus to a successful completion, and for meeting and connecting with other new researchers. The New Connections grant can help the grantee to get the next, larger grant and identify research assistants who can aid the Principal Investigator (PI) in additional, ongoing research efforts. The content area of the grant helps the PI set aside time for literature review and learning new statistical methods, which can be applied in other endeavors

Research Interests

My research interests include measurement of health behavior and methods create health behavior change among populations experiencing heath disparities. The emphasis is on physical activity, dietary intake and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2006
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Quality/Equality
  • Project Name: Acculturation and Health Disparities among Latinos

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