Willie C. Frazier III

Research Associate I

Willie Frazier III is a research associate with the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health. Willie is a passionate public-health researcher with over ten years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise from Virginia Tech, and Master of Public Health in Health Policy & Management from UMass Amherst. Through his diverse set of academic and career experiences, Willie developed expertise in food and nutrition policy, community-based participatory research, targeted food marketing, and program and grants management. These experiences have provided Willie a unique lens into the political and environmental factors impacting our public health system. Willie is a strong advocate of diversifying the STEM and healthcare workforce through pipeline and mentoring programs for underrepresented and minority students. His research interests include food and nutrition advocacy in communities of color, psychological trauma in adolescent and young adult Black males, and racial residential segregation and its impact on health and wealth disparities.


Harris, J., Frazier III, W., Fleming-Milici, F., Hubert, P., Rodriguez-Arauz, G., Grier, S., & Appiah, O. (2019). A qualitative assessment of US Black and Latino adolescents’ attitudes about targeted marketing of unhealthy food and beverages. Journal of Children and Media, 1-22. URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17482798.2019.1604394