Marcia Pescador Jimenez

Marcia I Pescador Jimenez, PhD, MS, MS

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Marcia Pescador Jimenez, PhD is an assistant Professor at the Epidemiology Department at Boston University. Marcia received her PhD in epidemiology from the Brown University School of Public Health and completed an NHLBI T32 postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease and environmental epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is formally trained as a cardiovascular, environmental and aging epidemiologist with a multidisciplinary research portfolio in the epidemiology of aging, specifically geographic contextual risk factors and racial/ethnic disparities.
Her early work evaluated the relationship between greenspace and hypertension among adults. More recently, she has extended this to examine the relationship between greenspace and cognitive development among children and mediation analysis between greenspace and cognitive function. Her current work focuses on novel metrics of greenspace and the urban environment using Deep Learning Algorithms and Google Street View images. She has extensive experience working with several cohort studies, including, the New England Family Study, Project Viva, the Nurses Health Studies, and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. She is currently funded through a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging which aims to quantify the role of built and natural environment on cognitive functioning and Alzheimer's disease risk, evaluating racial/ethnic disparities.


  • Brown University, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Northeastern University, MS Field of Study: Sociology
  • Katholieke Univ Leuven, MS Field of Study: Statistics
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, BS Field of Study: Actuarial Science

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP850


  • Published on 1/1/2024

    Browning MHEM, Hanley JR, Bailey CR, Beatley T, Gailey S, Hipp JA, Larson LR, James P, Jennings V, Jimenez MP, Kahn PH, Li D, Reuben A, Rigolon A, Sachs NA, Pearson AL, Minson CT. Quantifying Nature: Introducing NatureScoreTM and NatureDoseTM as Health Analysis and Promotion Tools. Am J Health Promot. 2024 Jan; 38(1):126-134. PMID: 38126317.

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  • Published on 9/8/2023

    Jimenez MP, Gause EL, Hayes-Larson E, Morris EP, Fletcher E, Manly J, Gilsanz P, Soh Y, Corrada M, Whitmer RA, Glymour MM. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Association between Depressive Symptoms and Cognitive Outcomes in Older Adults: Findings from KHANDLE and STAR. medRxiv. 2023 Sep 08. PMID: 37732261.

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  • Published on 4/27/2023

    Besser LM, Jimenez MP, Reimer CJ, Meyer OL, Mitsova D, George KM, Adkins-Jackson PB, Galvin JE. Diversity of Studies on Neighborhood Greenspace and Brain Health by Racialized/Ethnic Group and Geographic Region: A Rapid Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Apr 27; 20(9). PMID: 37174185.

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  • Published on 4/26/2023

    Willis MD, Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Pescador Jimenez M, Coleman CM, Kirwa K, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Associations between Residential Greenspace and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2023 Apr; 131(4):47012. PMID: 37098782.

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  • Published on 4/11/2023

    Stowell JD, Ngo C, Jimenez MP, Kinney PL, James P. Development of a global urban greenness indicator dataset for 1,000+ cities. Data Brief. 2023 Jun; 48:109140. PMID: 37069950.

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  • Published on 12/1/2022

    Klompmaker JO, Laden F, Browning MHEM, Dominici F, Jimenez MP, Ogletree SS, Rigolon A, Zanobetti A, Hart JE, James P. Associations of Greenness, Parks, and Blue Space With Neurodegenerative Disease Hospitalizations Among Older US Adults. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Dec 01; 5(12):e2247664. PMID: 36538329.

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  • Published on 11/16/2022

    Blas-Miranda NB, Lozada-Tequeanes AL, Miranda-Zuñiga JA, Jimenez MP. Green Space Exposure and Obesity in the Mexican Adult Population. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Nov 16; 19(22). PMID: 36429792.

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  • Published on 11/11/2022

    Hirsch JA, Michael YL, Moore KA, Melly S, Hughes TM, Hayden K, Luchsinger JA, Jimenez MP, James P, Besser LM, Sánchez B, Diez Roux AV. Longitudinal neighbourhood determinants with cognitive health and dementia disparities: protocol of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Neighborhoods and Aging prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2022 Nov 11; 12(11):e066971. PMID: 36368762.

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  • Published on 11/10/2022

    James P, Wilt GE, Jimenez MP. Invited Perspective: Can My Smartphone Assess My Exposure? The Potential to Retroactively Estimate Personalized Exposures using Smartphone Location Data. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 Nov; 130(11):111304. PMID: 36356209.

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  • Published on 10/20/2022

    Jimenez MP, Gutierrez TB, Soria-Contreras DC, Abdel Magid HS, Kaufman JS, Committee Of The Society For Epidemiologic Research OBOTDAI. Increasing Representation of Epidemiologists From Around the World in the Society for Epidemiologic Research: The Case of Mexico. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Oct 20; 191(11):1842-1846. PMID: 35896787.

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