Jonathan Levy

Jonathan I. Levy, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Levy's research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Recent and ongoing research topics include evaluating spatial patterns of air pollution in complex urban terrain, developing methods to quantify the magnitude and distribution of health benefits associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, using systems science approaches to evaluate the benefits of housing interventions on pediatric asthma, and developing methods for community-based cumulative risk assessment that includes chemical and non-chemical stressors. He co-directs the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involves interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research.

He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA's Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provided guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Harvard College, BA Field of Study: Applied Mathematics


  • Published on 11/10/2021

    Spangler KR, Patil P, Peng X, Levy JI, Lane KJ, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Leibler JH. Community predictors of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Massachusetts: Evaluating changes over time using geospatially refined data. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2021.

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  • Published on 10/19/2021

    Lee NF, Levy JI, Luna M, Walker ED. Spatial and sociodemographic determinants of community loudness perception. Applied Acoustics. 2021; 186:108459.

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  • Published on 10/7/2021

    Kim CS, Grady ST, Hart JE, Laden F, VoPham T, Nguyen DD, Manson JE, James P, Forman JP, Rexrode KM, Levy JI, Peters JL. Long-term aircraft noise exposure and risk of hypertension in the Nurses' Health Studies. Environ Res. 2021 Oct 07; 112195. PMID: 34627796.

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  • Published on 8/4/2021

    Filigrana P, Milando C, Batterman S, Levy JI, Mukherjee B, Pedde M, Szpiro AA, Adar SD. Exposures to Primary Air Pollutants Generated by Highway Traffic and the Risk of Daily Mortality in Near Road Communities: A Case-Crossover Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Aug 04. PMID: 34347034.

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  • Published on 7/16/2021

    Tieskens KF, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):686. PMID: 34271870.

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  • Published on 6/8/2021

    Walker ED, Lee NF, Tieskens KF, Jay J, Walker LJ, Luse M, Celestin R, Smith J, Mejia J, Levy JI. Firework activity and environmental sound levels: Community impacts and solutions. Cities and Health. 2021.

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  • Published on 5/26/2021

    Walker ED, Lee NF, Scammell MK, Feuer AP, Power MB, Lane KJ, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI. Descriptive characterization of sound levels in an environmental justice city before and during a global pandemic. Environ Res. 2021 08; 199:111353. PMID: 34048746.

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  • Published on 4/21/2021

    Walker ED, Lee NF, Tieskens KF, Cavallari JM, Schollaert C, Levy JI. Adaptive reuse and its impacts on the acoustical environment and public health of community residents: The case of Fenway, Boston, MA. Cities and Health. 2021.

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  • Published on 4/6/2021

    Milando CW, Yitshak-Sade M, Zanobetti A, Levy JI, Laden F, Fabian MP. Modeling the impact of exposure reductions using multi-stressor epidemiology, exposure models, and synthetic microdata: an application to birthweight in two environmental justice communities. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 05; 31(3):442-453. PMID: 33824415.

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  • Published on 2/14/2021

    Tieskens KF, Milando CW, Underhill LJ, Vermeer K, Levy JI, Fabian MP. The impact of energy retrofits on pediatric asthma exacerbation in a Boston multi-family housing complex: a systems science approach. Environ Health. 2021 02 14; 20(1):14. PMID: 33583411.

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