Russell P. Lopez

Russell P. Lopez, ScD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Russ Lopez, a native of California, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University and his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His doctorate is from the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health His research interests include urban environmental health and the role of the cities, neighborhoods, and the structure of the built environment in public health outcomes. Current and past studies include the role of neighborhood in long-term diet and exercise interventions, the influence of schoolyard renovations on student test scores and association between the neighborhood built environment and obesity. Dr. Lopez has published articles on the health effects of racial segregation, income inequality and urban sprawl. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.


  • Boston University, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Stanford University, BS Field of Study: Earth Science


  • Published on 6/14/2012

    Lopez RP. Posters for housing and health. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8):1473-4. PMID: 22698029.

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  • Published on 5/31/2012

    Bethea TN, Lopez RP, Cozier YC, White LF, McClean MD. The relationship between rural status, individual characteristics, and self-rated health in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Rural Health. 2012; 28(4):327-38. PMID: 23083079.

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  • Published on 7/16/2009

    Lopez RP. Public health, the APHA, and urban renewal. Am J Public Health. 2009 Sep; 99(9):1603-11. PMID: 19608955.

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  • Published on 1/1/2009

    Lopez R, Goldoftas B. The urban elderly in the United States: health status and the environment. Rev Environ Health. 2009 Jan-Mar; 24(1):47-57. PMID: 19476291.

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  • Published on 6/1/2008

    Lopez R, Campbell R, Jennings J. The Boston schoolyard initiative: a public-private partnership for rebuilding urban play spaces. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2008 Jun; 33(3):617-38. PMID: 18469175.

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  • Published on 1/1/2008

    Lopez R. Is obesity contagious? Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jan; 3(1):21-22. PMID: 30743781.

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  • Published on 8/1/2007

    Lopez RP. Neighborhood risk factors for obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Aug; 15(8):2111-9. PMID: 17712130.

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  • Published on 9/18/2006

    Lopez RP, Hynes HP. Obesity, physical activity, and the urban environment: public health research needs. Environ Health. 2006 Sep 18; 5:25. PMID: 16981988.

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  • Published on 1/1/2006

    Lopez R. Black-white residential segregation and physical activity. Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(2):495-502. PMID: 17682254.

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  • Published on 12/1/2004

    Lopez R. Income inequality and self-rated health in US metropolitan areas: a multi-level analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2004 Dec; 59(12):2409-19. PMID: 15474197.

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