Mary D. Willis, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology

PhD, Oregon State University
MPH, University of Rochester
BA, University of Rochester

Pronouns: she/her/hers



Mary D. Willis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her expertise lies at the intersection of environmental epidemiology, spatial exposure assessment, and applied data science. Much of her work also leverages econometric-based causal inference methods. She is particularly interested in how epidemiological studies can be best designed to inform health-protective policy decisions. To date, Dr. Willis has primarily focused on how on exposures from the energy sector (e.g., oil and gas development, traffic-related air pollution) and other aspects of the built environment (e.g., green space, neighborhood disadvantage) influence reproductive health outcomes.

Dr. Willis is PI of an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award that examines how oil and gas development may impact fertility and pregnancy. She is also a co-investigator on an accountability study of vehicle emission regulations and birth outcomes that is funded by the Health Effects Institute.


A Preconception Cohort Study on Oil and Gas Development, Fertility, and Pregnancy
09/15/2022 - 08/31/2027 (PI)
NIH/Office of the Director
5DP5OD033415-02

The TRANSIT Accountability Study: Assessing impacts of vehicle emission regulations and local congestion policies on birth outcomes associated with traffic air pollution.
12/01/2022 - 07/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Oregon State University Health Effects Inst




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  1. Willis MD, Buonocore JJ. Fossil Fuel Racism: The Ongoing Burden of Oil and Gas Development in the Shadows of Regulatory Inaction. Am J Public Health. 2023 Aug 31; e1-e3. PMID: 37651657; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307403;
     
  2. Willis MD, Hill EL, Ncube CN, Campbell EJ, Harris L, Harleman M, Ritz B, Hystad P. Changes in Socioeconomic Disparities for Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy Over a 20-Year Period in Texas. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Aug 01; 6(8):e2328012. PMID: 37566419; PMCID: PMC10422188; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.28012;
     
  3. Harleman M, Harris L, Willis MD, Ritz B, Hystad P, Hill EL. Changes in traffic congestion and air pollution due to major roadway infrastructure improvements in Texas. Sci Total Environ. 2023 Jul 17; 898:165463. PMID: 37459983
     
  4. Wesselink AK, Lovett SM, Weinberg J, Geller RJ, Wang TR, Regan AK, Willis MD, Perkins RB, Yland JJ, Koenig MR, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. COVID-19 vaccination and menstrual cycle characteristics: A prospective cohort study. Vaccine. 2023 Jun 29; 41(29):4327-4334.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301706; PMCID: PMC10239900; DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2023.06.012;
     
  5. Willis MD, Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Pescador Jimenez M, Coleman CM, Kirwa K, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Associations between Residential Greenspace and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47012.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37098782; PMCID: PMC10132140; DOI: 10.1289/EHP10648;
     
  6. Willis MD, Cushing LJ, Buonocore JJ, Deziel NC, Casey JA. It's electric! An environmental equity perspective on the lifecycle of our energy sources. Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Apr; 7(2):e246.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37064423; PMCID: PMC10097546; DOI: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000246;
     
  7. Campbell EJ, Sims KD, Hill EL, Willis MD. Associations among Historical Neighborhood Disinvestment, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Current Adult Asthma Prevalence. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Mar; 131(3):37702. PMID: 36946585; PMCID: PMC10032041; DOI: 10.1289/EHP11371;
     
  8. Campbell EJ, Sims KD, Hill EL, Willis MD. Associations among Historical Neighborhood Disinvestment, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Current Adult Asthma Prevalence. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Mar; 131(3):37702. PMID: 36946585; PMCID: PMC10032041; DOI: 10.1289/EHP11371;
     
  9. Harper T, Kuohung W, Sayres L, Willis MD, Wise LA. Optimizing preconception care and interventions for improved population health. Fertil Steril. 2023 Sep; 120(3 Pt 1):438-448.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36516911; DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2022.12.014;
     
  10. Willis MD, Carozza SE, Hystad P. Congenital anomalies associated with oil and gas development and resource extraction: a population-based retrospective cohort study in Texas. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Jan; 33(1):84-93. PMID: 36460921; PMCID: PMC9852077; DOI: 10.1038/s41370-022-00505-x;
     
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2022 NIH Common Fund: NIH Director's Early Independence Award
2020 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology: Conference Travel Award
2020 Oregon State University: Fred & Helen E. Durbin Scholarship
2020 Cascadia Annual Symposium on Environmental, Occupational, and Public Health: Best Oral Paper
2020 Oregon State University: Doctoral Student Travel Award
2019-2020 NIH NIEHS: Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award
2019-2020 Oregon State University : Training Grant/External Fellowship Tuition Relief Scholarship
2019-2020 Oregon State University: Warren & Frederica Schad Fellowship
2019 CARTEEH Symposium on Transportation, Air Quality, and Health: Best Oral Presentation
2018-2019 NIH NCATS: Mentored Predoctoral Career Development Award
2018-2019 Oregon State University: Liam Wood Memorial Fellowship
2018-2019 Oregon State University: Warren & Frederica Schad Fellowship
2018-2019 Oregon State University: Dean’s Graduate Scholarship
2018 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology: Conference Travel Award
2018 IBM & Oregon State University : Workshop Scholarship for Deep Learning in Life Sciences
2017 Annual Semiahmoo Symposium on Environmental, Occupational and Public Health: Best Oral Paper
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