Jonathan Jay

Junior Faculty Fellow (2022)
Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, SPH

Harvard University, DPH/DrPH, Public Health
Georgetown University, JD, Law
Georgetown University, MA, Philosophy
Brown University, BA
(617) 358-1771

Jonathan Jay is an Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the School of Public Health. He studies urban health, especially youth exposure to gun violence and works at the intersection of data science and community health, focusing on relationships between urban environments and health and safety risks. He is the principal investigator of a career development award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to study multilevel strategies for reducing racial disparities in youth firearm injuries. He also leads Shape-Up, a project using analytics to help city residents reduce firearm violence through environmental improvements (winner of the $100k Everytown for Gun Safety Prize and a 2019 Solver with MIT Solve). He was a KL2 early career scholar of the BU Clinical & Translational Sciences Initiative. He previously served as a research fellow for the Firearm-Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) Consortium, led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and for the Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also consults on public health and safety with Portland (OR) Fire & Rescue.

Before receiving his doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Jay trained as a lawyer-ethicist and worked in global health policy. He received a BA with honors from Brown University, a JD cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University.

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