Junenette Peters

Junenette L. Peters, ScD

Associate Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Peters’ research has focused on the effects of environmental pollutants on cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in older adults and on respiratory disease in children. Her research has a unique component in that it explores the complex interactions between physical environmental factors and social determinants of health. She has evaluated the interactive effects of lead exposure and psychosocial factors on incident hypertension and cognition in older adult males. She is involved in research on approaches for determining cumulative risk from chemical and non-chemical stressors in relation to hypertension.

Dr. Peters is currently leading research efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Aviation Administration evaluating the long-term health impacts of noise exposure. Specifically, her two studies aim to expand our understanding of the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and cardiovascular disease by linking noise exposure data for multiple airports, years and metrics with existing longitudinal health cohorts for which detailed individual data and high geographical and temporal resolution address information are available. Results from these studies can inform decisions regarding aircraft noise levels that merit intervention.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Boston University, MA Field of Study: Geology
  • Boston University, MA Field of Study: Environmental Studies
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA Field of Study: Political Science

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH797
  • SPHPH720


  • Published on 4/14/2023

    Bozigar M, Huang T, Redline S, Hart JE, Grady ST, Nguyen DD, James P, Nicholas B, Levy JI, Laden F, Peters JL. Associations between Aircraft Noise Exposure and Self-Reported Sleep Duration and Quality in the United States-Based Prospective Nurses' Health Study Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47010. PMID: 37058435.

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  • Published on 12/9/2022

    Nguyen DD, Whitsel EA, Wellenius GA, Levy JI, Leibler JH, Grady ST, Stewart JD, Fox MP, Collins JM, Eliot MN, Malwitz A, Manson JE, Peters JL. Long-term aircraft noise exposure and risk of hypertension in postmenopausal women. Environ Res. 2023 Feb 01; 218:115037. PMID: 36502895.

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  • Published on 2/15/2022

    Simon MC, Hart JE, Levy JI, VoPham T, Malwitz A, Nguyen D, Bozigar M, Cupples LA, James P, Laden F, Peters JL. Sociodemographic Patterns of Exposure to Civil Aircraft Noise in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 02; 130(2):27009. PMID: 35167327.

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  • Published on 2/5/2022

    Ceballos DM, Dong Z, Peters JL, Herrick RF, Gupta P, Spengler JD. Metals dust in workers' homes and potential for take home in the Greater Boston area: Pilot study. Environ Res. 2022 Jun; 209:112893. PMID: 35131322.

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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. 2022 05 01; 207:112195. PMID: 34627796.

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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 9/6/2019

    Janulewicz PA, Carlson JM, Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Edwards LM, Peters JL. Urinary Isoflavones Levels in Relation to Serum Thyroid Hormone Concentrations in Female and Male Adults in the U.S. General Population. Int J Environ Health Res. 2021 Jun; 31(4):389-400. PMID: 31490099.

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  • Published on 6/20/2019

    Peters JL, Fabian MP, Levy JI. Epidemiologically-informed cumulative risk hypertension models simulating the impact of changes in metal, organochlorine, and non-chemical exposures in an environmental justice community. Environ Res. 2019 09; 176:108544. PMID: 31271923.

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  • Published on 8/3/2018

    Ou JY, Peters JL, Levy JI, Bongiovanni R, Rossini A, Scammell MK. Self-rated health and its association with perceived environmental hazards, the social environment, and cultural stressors in an environmental justice population. BMC Public Health. 2018 08 03; 18(1):970. PMID: 30075713.

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  • Published on 4/26/2018

    Peters JL, Zevitas CD, Redline S, Hastings A, Sizov N, Hart JE, Levy JI, Roof CJ, Wellenius GA. Aviation Noise and Cardiovascular Health in the United States: a Review of the Evidence and Recommendations for Research Direction. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2018 Jun; 5(2):140-152. PMID: 30505645.

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