Justin S. White, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MA, University of California, Berkeley
MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Bucknell University

Pronouns: he/him/his

Justin White, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. White is a health economist who conducts research to evaluate the effects of interventions and policies on behavioral risk factors for chronic disease and related health outcomes in underserved populations. Much of his recent work has focused on tobacco use and nutrition. In one stream of research, Dr. White applies quasi-experimental econometric techniques to evaluate the effects of social and economic policies on mitigating chronic disease risk. Recent and ongoing evaluation projects focus on: taxation of unhealthy products, cash and food assistance programs, and poverty alleviation programs. In a second stream, he designs and implements incentive-based interventions to change health behavior among low-income groups, evaluated through randomized trials and informed by insights from the field of behavioral economics. Recent and ongoing interventional studies focus on: smoking cessation and prevention, diet, and oral health.

Prior to coming to BU in 2023, Dr. White spent 8 years as a faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He maintains an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment at UCSF. He holds a PhD in health policy and a concurrent MA in economics from UC Berkeley and an MSPH in health policy from UNC Chapel Hill. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention at Stanford University's Prevention Research Center.

Impact of a Healthy Checkout Policy on Healthfulness of Grocery Environments and Sales
07/01/2023 - 01/31/2027 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, Davis NIH NIDDK

Using a Natural Experiment to Evaluate the Long-Term Effects of Neighborhood Deprivation on Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Risk Factors
10/01/2023 - 02/28/2025 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIH NIA

Advancing health equity by alleviating poverty: A multi-level, evidence-based pilot trial to increase take-up of the Earned Income Tax Credit
07/01/2023 - 09/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Regents of the University of California (University of California, Berkeley) Blue Shield of Cali

Leveraging a Natural Experiment to Estimate the Effects of School Racial Segregation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Youth and Young Adults
08/23/2023 - 07/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NHLBI

Economic Impact Analysis: Restricting the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products and Tobacco Endgame Policies
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco California DPH


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  1. Wang G, White JS, Hamad R. The end of court-ordered desegregation and U.S. children's health: Quasi-experimental evidence. Am J Epidemiol. 2024 May 22. PMID: 38775300; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwae082;
  2. Modrek S, Collin DF, Hamad R, White JS. Medicaid Expansion and Perinatal Health Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Matern Child Health J. 2024 May; 28(5):959-968. PMID: 38244182; PMCID: PMC11001670; DOI: 10.1007/s10995-023-03879-y;
  3. Kaplan S, White JS, Madsen KA, Basu S, Villas-Boas SB, Schillinger D. Evaluation of Changes in Prices and Purchases Following Implementation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes Across the US. JAMA Health Forum. 2024 Jan 05; 5(1):e234737. PMID: 38180765; PMCID: PMC10770775; DOI: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.4737;
  4. Villas-Boas SB, Kaplan S, White JS, Hsia RY. Adolescent Total and Mental Health-Related Emergency Department Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Oct 02; 6(10):e2336463. PMID: 37796500; PMCID: PMC10556969; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.36463;
  5. Schwartz GL, Chiang AY, Wang G, Kim MH, White JS, Hamad R. Testing mediating pathways between school segregation and health: Evidence on peer prejudice and health behaviors. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Oct; 335:116214. PMID: 37716183; PMCID: PMC11062255; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116214;
  6. Yuan P, Westmaas JL, Thrul J, Toussaert S, Hilton JF, White JS. Effectiveness of Peer-Support Interventions for Smoking Cessation: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2023 Aug 19; 25(9):1515-1524. PMID: 37042206; DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntad059;
  7. White JS, Salem MK, Toussaert S, Westmaas JL, Raiff BR, Crane D, Warrender E, Lyles C, Abroms L, Thrul J. Developing a Game (Inner Dragon) Within a Leading Smartphone App for Smoking Cessation: Design and Feasibility Evaluation Study. JMIR Serious Games. 2023 Aug 11; 11:e46602. PMID: 37566442; PMCID: PMC10457699; DOI: 10.2196/46602;
  8. Villas-Boas S, Kaplan S, White JS, Hsia RY. Patterns of US Mental Health-Related Emergency Department Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jul 03; 6(7):e2322720. PMID: 37432688; PMCID: PMC10336606; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.22720;
  9. Villas-Boas SB, White JS, Kaplan S, Hsia RY. Trends in depression risk before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2023; 18(5):e0285282. PMID: 37195921; PMCID: PMC10191294; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0285282;
  10. Pluta K, Hohl SD, D'Angelo H, Ostroff JS, Shelley D, Asvat Y, Chen LS, Cummings KM, Dahl N, Day AT, Fleisher L, Goldstein AO, Hayes R, Hitsman B, Buckles DH, King AC, Lam CY, Lenhoff K, Levinson AH, Minion M, Presant C, Prochaska JJ, Shoenbill K, Simmons V, Taylor K, Tindle H, Tong E, White JS, Wiseman KP, Warren GW, Baker TB, Rolland B, Fiore MC, Salloum RG. Data envelopment analysis to evaluate the efficiency of tobacco treatment programs in the NCI Moonshot Cancer Center Cessation Initiative. Implement Sci Commun. 2023 May 11; 4(1):50. PMID: 37170381; PMCID: PMC10173908; DOI: 10.1186/s43058-023-00433-3;
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2018 UCSF: Hellman Fellowship for outstanding junior faculty
2015 American Heart Association: Postdoctoral Fellowship
2013-2015 Stanford University: NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Training Fellowship
2012 UC Berkeley: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
2011 Center for Global Public Health, UC Berkeley: Fellowship
2010 SRNT: Tobacco-Related Disparities Scholarship
2009-2012 UC Berkeley: NIH/NIA Predoctoral Training Fellowship
2007-2009 UC Berkeley: Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study
2007-2009 UNC Chapel Hill: Jean G. Yates Health Policy Award
2005-2006 UNC Chapel Hill: Graduate School Merit Assistantship
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