Jonathan Jay

Jonathan S. Jay, DrPH, JD

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Jonathan Jay studies urban health, especially youth exposure to gun violence, as an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He 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). Dr. Jay is a Junior Faculty Fellow of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing and 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.


  • Harvard University, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: Public Health
  • Georgetown University, JD Field of Study: Law
  • Georgetown University, MA Field of Study: Philosophy

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB820


  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Lyons VH, Gause EL, Spangler KR, Wellenius GA, Jay J. Analysis of Daily Ambient Temperature and Firearm Violence in 100 US Cities. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Dec 01; 5(12):e2247207. PMID: 36525273.

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  • Published on 9/14/2022

    Jay J, Kondo MC, Lyons VH, Gause E, South EC. Neighborhood segregation, tree cover and firearm violence in 6 U.S. cities, 2015-2020. Prev Med. 2022 Dec; 165(Pt A):107256. PMID: 36115422.

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  • Published on 9/6/2022

    Jay J, Heykoop F, Hwang L, Courtepatte A, de Jong J, Kondo M. Use of smartphone mobility data to analyze city park visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Landsc Urban Plan. 2022 Dec; 228:104554. PMID: 36091471.

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  • Published on 7/8/2022

    Goldstick JE, Jay J. Agent-Based Modeling: an Underutilized Tool in Community Violence Research. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2022; 9(3):135-141. PMID: 35821794.

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  • Published on 6/4/2022

    Skinner A, Flannery K, Nocka K, Bor J, Dean LT, Jay J, Lipson SK, Cole MB, Benfer EA, Scheckman R, Raderman W, Jones DK, Raifman J. A database of US state policies to mitigate COVID-19 and its economic consequences. BMC Public Health. 2022 Jun 04; 22(1):1124. PMID: 35659285.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Jay J. Understanding Spatiotemporal Trends in US Firearm Mortality. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2215564. PMID: 35666506.

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  • Published on 3/15/2022

    Martin R, Rajan S, Shareef F, Xie KC, Allen KA, Zimmerman M, Jay J. Racial Disparities in Child Exposure to Firearm Violence Before and During COVID-19. Am J Prev Med. 2022 Aug; 63(2):204-212. PMID: 35418336.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Pino EC, Gebo E, Dugan E, Jay J. Trends in Violent Penetrating Injuries During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e2145708. PMID: 35133435.

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  • Published on 12/7/2021

    Jay J, de Jong J, Jimenez MP, Nguyen Q, Goldstick J. Effects of demolishing abandoned buildings on firearm violence: a moderation analysis using aerial imagery and deep learning. Inj Prev. 2022 Jun; 28(3):249-255. PMID: 34876475.

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  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Walker E, Lee N, Tieskens K, Jay J, Walker L, Luse M, Celestin R, Smith J, Mejia J, Levy J. Firework activity and environmental sound levels: community impacts and solutions. Cities & Health. 2021; DOI: 10.1080/23748834.2021.192.

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