Jennifer Weuve

Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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 is PI of two NIH-funded epidemiologic studies of air pollution and dementia risk.  The first study, the Air-Noise-Dementia Study (ANDS) examines the hypothesis that long-term exposure to air pollution and noise from the community affect brain changes that we can see on magnetic resonance images (MRI) and, ultimately, the development of dementia.  The second study is entitled “Air Pollution and Alzheimer's Dementia: Neuropathologic and Olfactory Mechanisms in Multi-Ethnic Longitudinal Cohorts Dementia” (AERONoSE).  With engagement of a cross-disciplinary team including Dr. Jayant Pinto (University of Chicago), this study evaluates olfactory pathways linking air pollution exposure to dementia risk. With other co-PIs, Dr. Weuve is 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 is a member of the editorial board of EPIDEMIOLOGY. She is also Co-Director of the international initiative, MEthods in LOngitudinal research on DEMentia (MELODEM) and PI of the NIH grant that supports it. 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 Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • University of Minnesota, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Luther College, BA Field of Study: Chemistry

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP770
  • SPHEP855


  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Specht AJ, Zhang X, Young A, Nguyen VT, Christiani DC, Ceballos DM, Allen JG, Weuve J, Nie LH, Weisskopf MG. Validation of in vivo toenail measurements of manganese and mercury using a portable X-ray fluorescence device. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Jul 01. PMID: 34211112.

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  • Published on 6/29/2021

    Bond JC, Kachura JJ, Fox MP, Weuve J, Harlow BL. Potential for Selection Bias in Studies of the Association of Hormonal Contraception and Chronic Vulvar Pain. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Jun 29. PMID: 34190629.

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  • Published on 5/27/2021

    Rajan KB, Weuve J, Barnes LL, McAninch EA, Wilson RS, Evans DA. Population estimate of people with clinical Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment in the United States (2020-2060). Alzheimers Dement. 2021 May 27. PMID: 34043283.

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  • Published on 4/7/2021

    Chen R, Weuve J, Misra S, Cuevas A, Kubzansky LD, Williams DR. Racial Disparities in Cognitive Function among Middle-Aged and Older Adults: The Roles of Cumulative Stress Exposures Across the Life Course. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Apr 07. PMID: 33824971.

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  • Published on 3/30/2021

    Armstrong NM, Tom SE, Harrati A, Casaletto K, Pa J, Arce Rentería M, Gu Y, Rajan KB, Schupf N, Fieo R, Weuve J, Simonsick EM, Manly JJ, Stern Y, Zahodne LB. Longitudinal Relationship of Leisure Activity Engagement with Cognitive Performance among Non-Demented, Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2021 Mar 30. PMID: 33784376.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Wesselink AK, Claus Henn B, Fruh V, Orta OR, Weuve J, Hauser R, Williams PL, McClean MD, Sjodin A, Bethea TN, Brasky TM, Baird DD, Wise LA. A Prospective Ultrasound Study of Plasma Polychlorinated Biphenyl Concentrations and Incidence of Uterine Leiomyomata. Epidemiology. 2021 03 01; 32(2):259-267. PMID: 33427764.

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  • Published on 1/27/2021

    Orta OR, Wesselink AK, Bethea TN, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Fruh V, McClean MD, Sjodin A, Baird DD, Wise LA. Brominated flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides and incidence of uterine leiomyomata: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Feb; 5(1):e127. PMID: 33778359.

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  • Published on 1/11/2021

    Peters JL, Perry MJ, McNeely E, Wright RO, Heiger-Bernays W, Weuve J. The association of cadmium and lead exposures with red cell distribution width. PLoS One. 2021; 16(1):e0245173. PMID: 33429420.

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  • Published on 12/21/2020

    Fruh V, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Wesselink AK, Orta OR, Heeren T, Hauser R, Calafat AM, Williams PL, Baird DD, Wise LA. Incidence of uterine leiomyoma in relation to urinary concentrations of phthalate and phthalate alternative biomarkers: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Int. 2021 02; 147:106218. PMID: 33360166.

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  • Published on 10/20/2020

    Weuve J, D'Souza J, Beck T, Evans DA, Kaufman JD, Rajan KB, de Leon CFM, Adar SD. Long-term community noise exposure in relation to dementia, cognition, and cognitive decline in older adults. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 03; 17(3):525-533. PMID: 33084241.

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