Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics

MD, Yale University School of Medicine
ScD, Harvard School of Public Health

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is a pediatrician and social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network ( Her work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific concentration on psychosocial stress and neuroendocrine and reproductive health outcomes, including obesity and early puberty. She is interested in social ecology and the role of neighborhood attributes in influencing health trajectory. Specifically, she has studied the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. Her current work is developing community-based strategies to promote child well-being and reduce child maltreatment using a collective impact approach in three Boston neighborhoods.

2015 Massachusetts Public Health Association: Paul Revere Award
2014 Boston University School of Medicine: Office of Multicultural Affairs Service Award
2012 Boston University School of Medicine: Teacher of the Year for the Pediatric Clerkship
2007 Johns Hopkins : David Kamsler Award
2004 AOA
2004 Yale University School of Medicine: The Parker Prize

Vital Village Network Implementation Scale Up
01/01/2020 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Duke Charitable Foundation

Evaluation of the Impact of the Centering Parenting Clinical Intervention on Kindergarden…
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
Valhalla Charitable Trust

Evaluation of the Impact of the CenteringParenting Clinical Intervention on Kindergarten Readiness
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021 (PI)
Overdeck Family Foundation

Project STRIVE (Supportive Trauma Intervention for Education)
11/01/2017 - 12/31/2020 (PI)
W.Clement and Jessie V.Stone Foundation

Vital Village Workforce Evaluation Program
06/14/2019 - 06/15/2020 (PI)
Barr Foundation

NOW Learning Community Support for Nemours States
10/01/2018 - 04/14/2020 (PI)
Nemours Foundation

Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW)
10/15/2017 - 04/14/2020 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Superfund Research Program at Boston University
08/01/2017 - 03/31/2020 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University NIH-NIEHS

BMC Vital Village Network Implementation Project
01/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 (PI)
Duke Charitable Foundation

Resilient Communities/Resilient Families Health and Man of Color Initiative
04/01/2017 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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  1. Sponholtz TR, Bethea TN, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Boynton-Jarrett R, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Wise LA. Night Shift Work and Fecundability in Late Reproductive-Aged African American Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jun 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32598212
  2. Garg A, Boynton-Jarrett R, Dworkin PH. Screening for Social Determinants of Health-Reply. JAMA. 2016 12 20; 316(23):2552-2553.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27997650; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2016.16925;
  3. Garg A, Boynton-Jarrett R, Dworkin PH. Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health. JAMA. 2016 Aug 23-30; 316(8):813-4.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27367226; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2016.9282;
  4. McConnico N, Boynton-Jarrett R, Bailey C, Nandi M. Trauma-Sensitive Schools Framework: Infusing Trauma-Informed Practices Into Early Childhood Education Systems. Zero to Three Journal. 2016; 36(5). View Publication
  5. Sandel M, Faugno E, Mingo A, Cannon J, Byrd K, Garcia DA, Collier S, McClure E, Jarrett RB. Neighborhood-Level Interventions to Improve Childhood Opportunity and Lift Children Out of Poverty. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Apr; 16(3 Suppl):S128-35.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27044690; DOI: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.01.013;
  6. Mason SM, Bryn Austin S, Bakalar JL, Boynton-Jarrett R, Field AE, Gooding HC, Holsen LM, Jackson B, Neumark-Sztainer D, Sanchez M, Sogg S, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Rich-Edwards JW. Child Maltreatment's Heavy Toll: The Need for Trauma-Informed Obesity Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2016 May; 50(5):646-9. PMID: 26689978; PMCID: PMC4905569; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.11.004;
  7. Harville EW, Jacobs M, Boynton-Jarrett R. When is exposure to a natural disaster traumatic? Comparison of a trauma questionnaire and disaster exposure inventory. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0123632. PMID: 25853820; PMCID: PMC4390192; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123632;
  8. Jacobs MB, Boynton-Jarrett RD, Harville EW. Adverse childhood event experiences, fertility difficulties and menstrual cycle characteristics. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2015; 36(2):46-57. PMID: 25826282; PMCID: PMC4854288; DOI: 10.3109/0167482X.2015.1026892;
  9. Suglia SF, Clark CJ, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kressin NR, Koenen KC. Child maltreatment and hypertension in young adulthood. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:1149.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25374338; PMCID: PMC4240900; DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1149;
  10. Mahalingaiah S, Hart JE, Laden F, Terry KL, Boynton-Jarrett R, Aschengrau A, Missmer SA. Air pollution and risk of uterine leiomyomata. Epidemiology. 2014 Sep; 25(5):682-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24815304; PMCID: PMC4209294; DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000126;
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