Junenette Peters, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MA, Boston University
BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Peters’ research has focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in older adults and on respiratory disease in children. Her research has a unique component in that it explores the complex interactions between physical environmental factors and social determinants of health. She has evaluated the interactive effects of lead exposure and psychosocial factors on incident hypertension and cognition in older adult males. She is involved in research on approaches for determining cumulative risk from chemical and non-chemical stressors in relation to hypertension.

Dr. Peters is currently leading research efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Aviation Administration evaluating the long-term health impacts of noise exposure. Specifically, her two studies aim to expand our understanding of the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and cardiovascular disease by linking noise exposure data for multiple airports, years and metrics with existing longitudinal health cohorts for which detailed individual data and high geographical and temporal resolution address information are available. Results from these studies can inform decisions regarding aircraft noise levels that merit intervention.

Community Measurements of Aviation Emissions Contribution to Ambient Air Quality
09/20/2013 - 12/31/2026 (Multi-PI)
PI: Junenette Peters, ScD
Department of Transportation/FAA

Relationship of Metal Exposures to Health Risk Markers, Mood and Cognitive Functioning in Military Veterans
08/15/2023 - 08/14/2026 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Aircraft Noise Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease
08/01/2016 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


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  1. Nguyen DD, Levy JI, Kim C, Lane KJ, Simon MC, Hart JE, Whitsel EA, VoPham T, Malwitz A, Peters JL. Characterizing temporal trends in populations exposed to aircraft noise around U.S. airports: 1995-2015. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37735518
  2. Grady ST, Hart JE, Laden F, Roscoe C, Nguyen DD, Nelson EJ, Bozigar M, VoPham T, Manson JE, Weuve J, Adar SD, Forman JP, Rexrode K, Levy JI, Peters JL. Associations between long-term aircraft noise exposure, cardiovascular disease, and mortality in US cohorts of female nurses. Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Aug; 7(4):e259.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37545808; PMCID: PMC10402956; DOI: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000259;
  3. Bozigar M, Huang T, Redline S, Hart JE, Grady ST, Nguyen DD, James P, Nicholas B, Levy JI, Laden F, Peters JL. Associations between Aircraft Noise Exposure and Self-Reported Sleep Duration and Quality in the United States-Based Prospective Nurses' Health Study Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47010.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37058435; PMCID: PMC10104165; DOI: 10.1289/EHP10959;
  4. Nguyen DD, Whitsel EA, Wellenius GA, Levy JI, Leibler JH, Grady ST, Stewart JD, Fox MP, Collins JM, Eliot MN, Malwitz A, Manson JE, Peters JL. Long-term aircraft noise exposure and risk of hypertension in postmenopausal women. Environ Res. 2023 Feb 01; 218:115037.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36502895; PMCID: PMC9845139; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.115037;
  5. Simon MC, Hart JE, Levy JI, VoPham T, Malwitz A, Nguyen D, Bozigar M, Cupples LA, James P, Laden F, Peters JL. Sociodemographic Patterns of Exposure to Civil Aircraft Noise in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 02; 130(2):27009.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35167327; PMCID: PMC8846369; DOI: 10.1289/EHP9307;
  6. Ceballos DM, Dong Z, Peters JL, Herrick RF, Gupta P, Spengler JD. Metals dust in workers' homes and potential for take home in the Greater Boston area: Pilot study. Environ Res. 2022 Jun; 209:112893.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35131322; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.112893;
  7. Kim CS, Grady ST, Hart JE, Laden F, VoPham T, Nguyen DD, Manson JE, James P, Forman JP, Rexrode KM, Levy JI, Peters JL. Long-term aircraft noise exposure and risk of hypertension in the Nurses' Health Studies. Environ Res. 2022 05 01; 207:112195.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34627796; PMCID: PMC8810661; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112195;
  8. Peters JL, Perry MJ, McNeely E, Wright RO, Heiger-Bernays W, Weuve J. The association of cadmium and lead exposures with red cell distribution width. PLoS One. 2021; 16(1):e0245173.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33429420; PMCID: PMC7801027; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245173;
  9. Janulewicz PA, Carlson JM, Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Edwards LM, Peters JL. Urinary Isoflavones Levels in Relation to Serum Thyroid Hormone Concentrations in Female and Male Adults in the U.S. General Population. Int J Environ Health Res. 2021 Jun; 31(4):389-400.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31490099
  10. Peters JL, Fabian MP, Levy JI. Epidemiologically-informed cumulative risk hypertension models simulating the impact of changes in metal, organochlorine, and non-chemical exposures in an environmental justice community. Environ Res. 2019 09; 176:108544.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31271923; PMCID: PMC6716580; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108544;
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Cardiovascular Disease
Joint Exposure
Cumulative Exposure
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