Patrick Kinney

Patrick L. Kinney, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Kinney joined the School of Public Health faculty in January 2017 as the inaugural Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health. He was trained as an air pollution epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health, and came to BU after two decades at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In his time at Columbia, he showed how warming temperatures make air pollution like urban smog worse, and more harmful to populations. He led the development of an integrated modeling system to predict the air pollution health effects of climate change into the future. Working at the intersection of climate change, health, and policy, Kinney has conducted research from the South Bronx to China to rapidly growing cities throughout Africa. At Columbia, he also created an interdisciplinary research and teaching program examining the potential impacts of climate change on health. At BU, Kinney is developing a new program that focuses on assessing the health benefits of urban climate action plans, via strategies to promote active transport, green infrastructure, and clean vehicles.

Other Positions

  • Beverly A. Brown Professor for the Improvement of Urban Health, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BA Field of Study: Fine Arts

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH720


  • Published on 7/25/2022

    Kinney PL, Pinkerton KE. Heatwaves and Air Pollution - A Deadly Combination. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 Jul 25. PMID: 35877995.

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  • Published on 7/6/2022

    He C, Zhang Y, Schneider A, Chen R, Zhang Y, Ma W, Kinney PL, Kan H. The inequality labor loss risk from future urban warming and adaptation strategies. Nat Commun. 2022 Jul 06; 13(1):3847. PMID: 35794093.

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  • Published on 6/13/2022

    Kaali S, Jack DW, Prah RKD, Chillrud SN, Mujtaba MN, Kinney PL, Tawiah T, Yang Q, Oppong FB, Gould CF, Osei M, Wylie BJ, Agyei O, Perzanowski MS, Asante KP, Lee AG. Poor early childhood growth is associated with impaired lung function: Evidence from a Ghanaian pregnancy cohort. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2022 Sep; 57(9):2136-2146. PMID: 35614550.

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  • Published on 6/3/2022

    Heaney A, Stowell JD, Liu JC, Basu R, Marlier M, Kinney P. Impacts of Fine Particulate Matter From Wildfire Smoke on Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health in California. Geohealth. 2022 Jun; 6(6):e2021GH000578. PMID: 35795228.

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  • Published on 5/10/2022

    Brochu P, Jimenez MP, James P, Kinney PL, Lane K. Benefits of Increasing Greenness on All-Cause Mortality in the Largest Metropolitan Areas of the United States Within the Past Two Decades. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:841936. PMID: 35619828.

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  • Published on 4/20/2022

    Colonna KJ, Koutrakis P, Kinney PL, Cooke RM, Evans JS. Mortality Attributable to Long-Term Exposure to Ambient Fine Particulate Matter: Insights from the Epidemiologic Evidence for Understudied Locations. Environ Sci Technol. 2022 Jun 07; 56(11):6799-6812. PMID: 35442648.

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  • Published on 3/7/2022

    Zhou Q, Wang X, Shu Y, Sun L, Jin Z, Ma Z, Liu M, Bi J, Kinney PL. A stochastic exposure model integrating random forest and agent-based approaches: Evaluation for PM2.5 in Jiangsu, China. J Hazard Mater. 2022 06 05; 431:128639. PMID: 35278951.

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  • Published on 1/10/2022

    Nassikas NJ, Chan EAW, Nolte CG, Roman HA, Micklewhite N, Kinney PL, Carter EJ, Fann NL. Modeling future asthma attributable to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in a changing climate: a health impact assessment. Air Qual Atmos Health. 2022 Jan 10; 15:311-319. PMID: 35173822.

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  • Published on 1/6/2022

    deSouza PN, Dey S, Mwenda KM, Kim R, Subramanian SV, Kinney PL. Robust relationship between ambient air pollution and infant mortality in India. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Apr 01; 815:152755. PMID: 34999065.

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  • Published on 11/29/2021

    Boamah-Kaali E, Jack DW, Ae-Ngibise KA, Quinn A, Kaali S, Dubowski K, Oppong FB, Wylie BJ, Mujtaba MN, Gould CF, Gyaase S, Chillrud S, Owusu-Agyei S, Kinney PL, Asante KP, Lee AG. Prenatal and Postnatal Household Air Pollution Exposure and Infant Growth Trajectories: Evidence from a Rural Ghanaian Pregnancy Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 11; 129(11):117009. PMID: 34842444.

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