Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Jennifer Weuve


Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In her research, she pursues answers to questions in two major realms of human health: (1) the forces that accelerate the aging of the brain and body, and (2) the health effects of being exposed to environmental toxicants. Underlying all of her research is a foundation in epidemiologic methods. Dr. Weuve is PI or co-investigator of several projects that encompass both of these realms. For example, she led a NIH-funded nationwide investigation, the first of its kind, of exposure to particulate matter air pollution and its relation to cognitive decline. In a second NIH-funded study, she evaluated exposure to local traffic-related air pollution among older residents in Chicago in relation to diminishing physical abilities. Currently, Dr. Weuve and co-PIs are validating a portable XRF instrument for quantifying lead in bone and mercury and manganese in toe nail (NIEHS). Such an instrument potentially could be used in large-scale investigations into the health effects of cumulative exposures to these metals. Dr. Weuve serves as Member-at-Large on the Society for Epidemiologic Research’s executive board, and is a member of the editorial board of EPIDEMIOLOGY. She is also active in the international initiative, MEthods in LOngitudinal research on DEMentia (MELODEM), and is Co-Director of The AlzRisk Project (, a web-based collection of epidemiologic findings on non-genetic risk factors for Alzheimer disease. Dr. Weuve earned degrees in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (MPH) and the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (ScD), and held a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental health at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining BUSPH, she was on the faculty of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • University of Minnesota, MPH
  • Luther College, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP770
  • SPHEP817
  • SPHEP855


  • Published on 7/5/2019

    Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, McClean M, Weuve J, Williams PL, Hauser R, Sjödin A, Brasky TM, Baird DD, Wise LA. Predictors of plasma polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations among reproductive-aged black women. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 Aug; 222(7):1001-1010. PMID: 31285139.

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  • Published on 3/2/2019

    Duggan EC, Piccinin AM, Clouston S, Koval AV, Robitaille A, Zammit AR, Wu C, Brown CL, Lee LO, Finkel D, Beasley WH, Kaye J, Muniz-Terrera G, Katz M, Lipton RB, Deeg D, Bennett DA, Björk MP, Johansson B, Spiro A, Weuve J, Hofer SM. A Multi-Study Coordinated Meta-Analysis of Pulmonary Function and Cognition in Aging. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Mar 02. PMID: 30825374.

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  • Published on 1/28/2019

    Bethea TN, Wesselink AK, Weuve J, McClean MD, Hauser R, Williams PL, Ye X, Calafat AM, Baird DD, Wise LA. Correlates of exposure to phenols, parabens, and triclocarban in the Study of Environment, Lifestyle and Fibroids. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019 Jan 28. PMID: 30692588.

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  • Published on 12/24/2018

    Rajan KB, Barnes LL, Wilson RS, Weuve J, McAninch EA, Evans DA. Apolipoprotein E Genotypes, Age, Race, and Cognitive Decline in a Population Sample. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Apr; 67(4):734-740. PMID: 30584655.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Modest AM, Wise LA, Fox MP, Weuve J, Penzias AS, Hacker MR. IVF success corrected for drop-out: use of inverse probability weighting. Hum Reprod. 2018 12 01; 33(12):2295-2301. PMID: 30325421.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Weuve JL, Aschengrau A, Song RJ, Wise LA. Perceived Stress and Fecundability: A Preconception Cohort Study of North American Couples. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Dec 01; 187(12):2662-2671. PMID: 30137198.

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  • Published on 9/7/2018

    Rajan KB, Weuve J, Barnes LL, Wilson RS, Evans DA. Prevalence and incidence of clinically diagnosed Alzheimer's disease dementia from 1994 to 2012 in a population study. Alzheimers Dement. 2019 01; 15(1):1-7. PMID: 30195482.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Weuve J, Sagiv SK, Fox MP. Quantitative Bias Analysis for Collaborative Science. Epidemiology. 2018 09; 29(5):627-630. PMID: 29923865.

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  • Published on 8/31/2018

    Specht AJ, Kponee K, Nkpaa KW, Balcom PH, Weuve J, Nie LH, Weisskopf MG. Validation of x-ray fluorescence measurements of metals in toenail clippings against inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in a Nigerian population. Physiol Meas. 2018 08 31; 39(8):085007. PMID: 30091720.

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  • Published on 7/26/2018

    Wilson RS, Barnes LL, Rajan KB, Boyle PA, Sytsma J, Weuve J, Evans DA. Antecedents and consequences of unawareness of memory impairment in dementia. Neuropsychology. 2018 Nov; 32(8):931-940. PMID: 30047756.

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