Russell Lopez, ScD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Environmental Health

ScD, Boston University
BS, Stanford University

Russ Lopez, a native of California, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University and his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His doctorate is from the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health His research interests include urban environmental health and the role of the cities, neighborhoods, and the structure of the built environment in public health outcomes. Current and past studies include the role of neighborhood in long-term diet and exercise interventions, the influence of schoolyard renovations on student test scores and association between the neighborhood built environment and obesity. Dr. Lopez has published articles on the health effects of racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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  1. Lopez RP. Posters for housing and health. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8):1473-4. PMID: 22698029; PMCID: PMC3464826; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300571;
  2. Bethea TN, Lopez RP, Cozier YC, White LF, McClean MD. The relationship between rural status, individual characteristics, and self-rated health in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Rural Health. 2012; 28(4):327-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23083079; PMCID: PMC3481191; DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2012.00414.x;
  3. Lopez RP. Public health, the APHA, and urban renewal. Am J Public Health. 2009 Sep; 99(9):1603-11. PMID: 19608955; PMCID: PMC2724450; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.150136;
  4. Lopez R, Goldoftas B. The urban elderly in the United States: health status and the environment. Rev Environ Health. 2009 Jan-Mar; 24(1):47-57. PMID: 19476291
  5. Lopez R, Campbell R, Jennings J. The Boston schoolyard initiative: a public-private partnership for rebuilding urban play spaces. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2008 Jun; 33(3):617-38. PMID: 18469175; DOI: 10.1215/03616878-2008-010;
  6. Lopez R. Is obesity contagious? Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jan; 3(1):21-22. PMID: 30743781
  7. Lopez RP. Neighborhood risk factors for obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Aug; 15(8):2111-9. PMID: 17712130; DOI: 10.1038/oby.2007.251;
  8. Lopez RP, Hynes HP. Obesity, physical activity, and the urban environment: public health research needs. Environ Health. 2006 Sep 18; 5:25. PMID: 16981988; PMCID: PMC1586006; DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-5-25;
  9. Lopez R. Black-white residential segregation and physical activity. Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(2):495-502. PMID: 17682254
  10. Lopez R. Income inequality and self-rated health in US metropolitan areas: a multi-level analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2004 Dec; 59(12):2409-19. PMID: 15474197; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.03.033;
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2008 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching
2006 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching
2004 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching
2003 Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum
2002 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching
2001-2004 NIH Minority Doctoral Fellowship: National Research Service Award
1997 EPA - New England: Environmental Merit Award
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Urban Environmental Health
Urban Sprawl
Racial Segregation
Income Inequality
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