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Jonathan Levy

Professor Of Environmental Health @BU

Dr. Levy is Chair of the Department of Environmental Health. His research centers on urban environmental exposure and health risk modeling, with an emphasis on spatiotemporal exposure patterns and related environmental justice issues. Application areas include air pollution, climate change, and COVID-19. Recent and ongoing research topics include spatial patterns of air pollution in near-airport communities, the cardiovascular health effects of aviation-related noise, the public health co-benefits and equity implications of investments to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, the application of systems science approaches to evaluate the benefits of housing interventions on pediatric asthma, and the patterns and predictors of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. He co-directed the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH), which involved interdisciplinary research activities connecting environmental epidemiology, exposure science, and health disparities modeling, with a focus on the indoor environment and community-engaged research. He currently serves as an Associate Director of the URBAN PhD program.

He has been a member of several National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Science for EPA’s Future, the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, and the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the US Environmental Protection Agency. He also served on the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, which provided guidance to EPA on the impact of the Clean Air Act on health, the economy, and the environment.