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

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 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.

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)
University of California, Berkeley Blue Shield of Cali


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  1. 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 Sep 07; 335:116214. PMID: 37716183; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116214;
  2. 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;
  3. 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; DOI: 10.2196/46602;
  4. 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;
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. White JS, Basu S, Kaplan S, Madsen KA, Villas-Boas SB, Schillinger D. Evaluation of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax in Oakland, United States, 2015-2019: A quasi-experimental and cost-effectiveness study. PLoS Med. 2023 Apr; 20(4):e1004212. PMID: 37071600; PMCID: PMC10112812; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004212;
  8. Jackson KE, Hamad R, Karasek D, White JS. Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes and Perinatal Health: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Am J Prev Med. 2023 Sep; 65(3):366-376. PMID: 36966893; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2023.03.016;
  9. Kim MH, Foverskov E, Frøslev T, White JS, Glymour MM, Hainmueller J, Pedersen L, Sørensen HT, Hamad R. Neighborhood disadvantage and the risk of dementia and mortality among refugees to Denmark: A quasi-experimental study. SSM Popul Health. 2023 Mar; 21:101312.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36589275; PMCID: PMC9795514; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101312;
  10. Lyu JC, Afolabi A, White JS, Ling PM. Perceptions and Aspirations Toward Peer Mentoring in Social Media-Based Electronic Cigarette Cessation Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults: Focus Group Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Dec 01; 6(12):e42538. PMID: 36454628; PMCID: PMC9756117; DOI: 10.2196/42538;
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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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