Patrick L. Kinney, ScD

Professor, Environmental Health
Patrick Kinney


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
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH720


  • Published on 8/19/2020

    He C, Zhao J, Zhang Y, He L, Yao Y, Ma W, Kinney PL. Cool Roof and Green Roof Adoption in a Metropolitan Area: Climate Impacts during Summer and Winter. Environ Sci Technol. 2020 Sep 01; 54(17):10831-10839. PMID: 32786585.

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  • Published on 7/29/2020

    Perera F, Cooley D, Berberian A, Mills D, Kinney P. Co-Benefits to Children's Health of the U.S. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 Jul; 128(7):77006. PMID: 32749866.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Anenberg SC, Bindl M, Brauer M, Castillo JJ, Cavalieri S, Duncan BN, Fiore AM, Fuller R, Goldberg DL, Henze DK, Hess J, Holloway T, James P, Jin X, Kheirbek I, Kinney PL, Liu Y, Mohegh A, Patz J, Jimenez MP, Roy A, Tong D, Walker K, Watts N, West JJ. Using Satellites to Track Indicators of Global Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts: Lessons Learned From a NASA-Supported Science-Stakeholder Collaborative. Geohealth. 2020 Jul; 4(7):e2020GH000270. PMID: 32642628.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Chen K, Wang M, Kinney PL, Anastas PT. Reduction in air pollution and attributable mortality due to COVID-19 lockdown - Authors' reply. Lancet Planet Health. 2020 07; 4(7):e269. PMID: 32681896.

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  • Published on 6/18/2020

    Wang J, Li T, Lv Y, Kraus VB, Zhang Y, Mao C, Yin Z, Shi W, Zhou J, Zheng T, Kinney PL, Ji J, Tang S, Shi X. Fine Particulate Matter and Poor Cognitive Function among Chinese Older Adults: Evidence from a Community-Based, 12-Year Prospective Cohort Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 Jun; 128(6):67013. PMID: 32551881.

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  • Published on 6/10/2020

    Frey HC, Adams PJ, Adgate JL, Allen GA, Balmes J, Boyle K, Chow JC, Dockery DW, Felton HD, Gordon T, Harkema JR, Kinney P, Kleinman MT, McConnell R, Poirot RL, Sarnat JA, Sheppard L, Turpin B, Wyzga R. The Need for a Tighter Particulate-Matter Air-Quality Standard. N Engl J Med. 2020 08 13; 383(7):680-683. PMID: 32521130.

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  • Published on 5/13/2020

    Chen K, Wang M, Huang C, Kinney PL, Anastas PT. Air pollution reduction and mortality benefit during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Lancet Planet Health. 2020 06; 4(6):e210-e212. PMID: 32411944.

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  • Published on 2/13/2020

    He MZ, Kinney PL, Li T, Chen C, Sun Q, Ban J, Wang J, Liu S, Goldsmith J, Kioumourtzoglou MA. Short- and intermediate-term exposure to NO2 and mortality: A multi-county analysis in China. Environ Pollut. 2020 Jun; 261:114165. PMID: 32097792.

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  • Published on 2/8/2020

    Zhang Y, Li T, Ma R, Yin Z, Wang J, He MZ, Xu D, Gao X, Wang Q, Kraus VB, Lv Y, Zhong Y, Kinney PL, Shi X. Long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and fasting blood glucose level in a Chinese elderly cohort. Sci Total Environ. 2020 May 15; 717:137191. PMID: 32062280.

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  • Published on 11/11/2019

    Zhang W, Kinney PL, Rich DQ, Sheridan SC, Romeiko XX, Dong G, Stern EK, Du Z, Xiao J, Lawrence WR, Lin Z, Hao Y, Lin S. How community vulnerability factors jointly affect multiple health outcomes after catastrophic storms. Environ Int. 2020 01; 134:105285. PMID: 31726368.

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