Jonathan Levy, ScD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health

Pronouns: he/him/his



Dr. Levy's research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Recent and ongoing research topics include evaluating spatial patterns of air pollution in complex urban terrain, developing methods to quantify the magnitude and distribution of health benefits associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, using systems science approaches to evaluate the benefits of housing interventions on pediatric asthma, and developing methods for community-based cumulative risk assessment that includes chemical and non-chemical stressors. He co-directs the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involves interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research.

He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA's Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provided guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment.

Chair of Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health



2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Faculty Career Award in Research and Scholarship
2013 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology : Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper, Honorable Mention
2012 Society for Risk Analysis: Chauncy Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award
2012 American Journal of Public Health: Paper of the Year Award
2010 Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment: Finalist
2008 FAA Centers of Excellence: Faculty of the Year Award
2005 Health Effects Institute: Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award
1999 Howard Raiffa Student Achievement Award: Harvard School of Public Health
1997 Air and Waste Management Association Scholar: First Place


Transportation, Equity, Climate, and Health - Regional to Local Evaluation of Transportation Climate Policy Options
12/18/2020 - 12/18/2023 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Barr Fdn, Inc


A preconception cohort study of air pollution, fertility, and miscarriage
07/01/2018 - 03/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jonathan Levy, ScD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
5R01ES028923-04

Boston UniverCity: Partnering graduate students with cities to tackle urban environmental challenges
09/01/2017 - 08/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jonathan Levy, ScD
National Science Foundation
DGE-1735087

Modeling Airport-Related Air Pollutant Concentrations and Health Impacts
09/20/2013 - 02/28/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jonathan Levy, ScD
Department of Transportation/FAA


Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course (COVID Supplement)
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIH NIMHD
3P50MD010428-05S1

Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course(Project 1)
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Env Protection Agy


Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course(Community Engagement Core)
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Env Protection Agy


Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course (Administrative Core)
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Env Protection Agy


Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course(Project 3)
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Env Protection Agy


Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course (Administrative Core Supplement)
10/01/2017 - 05/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIH NIMHD
5P50MD010428-05

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 3P50MD010428-05S1 24
2019 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 5P50MD010428-05 24
2019 Project 2: Assessing the Relation of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors with Risk-Taking Behavior and Related Outcomes among Adolescents Living near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site 5P42ES007381-23-8624 413
2018 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 5P50MD010428-04 24
2018 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 3P50MD010428-04S1 24
2018 Project 2: Assessing the Relation of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors with Risk-Taking Behavior and Related Outcomes among Adolescents Living near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site 5P42ES007381-22-8624 413
2017 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 3P50MD010428-03S1 24
2017 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 5P50MD010428-03 24
2017 Project 2: Assessing the Relation of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors with Risk-Taking Behavior and Related Outcomes among Adolescents Living near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site 2P42ES007381-21-8624 413
2016 Disparities in Exposure and Health Effects of Multiple Environmental Stressors Across the Life Course 5P50MD010428-02 24
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  1. Walker ED, Lee NF, Scammell MK, Feuer AP, Power MB, Lane KJ, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI. Descriptive characterization of sound levels in an environmental justice city before and during a global pandemic. Environ Res. 2021 May 26; 199:111353.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34048746
     
  2. Milando CW, Yitshak-Sade M, Zanobetti A, Levy JI, Laden F, Fabian MP. Modeling the impact of exposure reductions using multi-stressor epidemiology, exposure models, and synthetic microdata: an application to birthweight in two environmental justice communities. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 May; 31(3):442-453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33824415; PMCID: PMC8141037; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-021-00318-4;
     
  3. Tieskens K, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. Res Sq. 2021 Feb 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33619475; PMCID: PMC7899469; DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-237622/v1;
     
  4. Tieskens KF, Milando CW, Underhill LJ, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. The impact of energy retrofits on pediatric asthma exacerbation in a Boston multi-family housing complex: a systems science approach. Environ Health. 2021 Feb 14; 20(1):14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33583411; PMCID: PMC7883428; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-021-00699-x;
     
  5. Levy JI. Accounting for Health Risk Inequality in Regulatory Impact Analysis: Barriers and Opportunities. Risk Anal. 2021 Apr; 41(4):610-618. PMID: 33580582
     
  6. Raifman M, Lambert KF, Levy JI, Kinney PL. Mortality Implications of Increased Active Mobility for a Proposed Regional Transportation Emission Cap-and-Invest Program. J Urban Health. 2021 Jan 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33471280; PMCID: PMC7816754; DOI: 10.1007/s11524-020-00510-1;
     
  7. Peer K, Adams WG, Legler A, Sandel M, Levy JI, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kim C, Leibler JH, Fabian MP. Developing and evaluating a pediatric asthma severity computable phenotype derived from electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 Jun; 147(6):2162-2170.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33338540
     
  8. Chu MT, Gillooly SE, Levy JI, Vallarino J, Reyna LN, Cedeño Laurent JG, Coull BA, Adamkiewicz G. Real-time indoor PM2.5 monitoring in an urban cohort: Implications for exposure disparities and source control. Environ Res. 2021 02; 193:110561. PMID: 33275921; PMCID: PMC7856294; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110561;
     
  9. Levy JI. Climate Change and Health Justice: New Perspectives on Pressing Challenges. Am J Public Health. 2020 12; 110(12):1718. PMID: 33180577; PMCID: PMC7661988; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305971;
     
  10. Wesselink AK, Kirwa K, Hatch EE, Hystad P, Szpiro AA, Kaufman JD, Levy JI, Mikkelsen EM, Quraishi SM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Residential proximity to major roads and fecundability in a preconception cohort. Environmental Epidemiology. 2020; 6(4):e112.
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Bar chart showing 254 publications over 25 distinct years, with a maximum of 21 publications in 2007

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Air Pollution
Housing
Environmental Exposures
Environmental justice
Disparities, Health Status
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