Jonathan L. Howland, PhD

Professor, Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Howland


Dr. Howland graduated Northeastern University 1976 with an MPA, Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) 1984 with an MPH in epidemiology and received his Ph.D. in 1986 in Health Policy. That same year, he joined the faculty at BUSPH and most recently served as Professor, Community Health Sciences. His teachings range from Community Interventions, Social and Behavioral Sciences to an Advanced MPH, Intervention Research Program. Dr. Howland served as Chair of BUSPH Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and remains a professor in that department as well as a visiting professor at the Kalmar Maritime Academy in Sweden and Core Faculty, Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC).

In July 2010, Jonathan joined the Faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) as the Director of Public Health and Injury Prevention Research. In this role, Dr. Howland will oversee and guide the Emergency Department’s Public Health research efforts focusing on harm and injury reduction, alcohol and substance abuse interventions, as well as overall public health policy as a preventative measure. As Senior Investigator, Dr. Howland will spearhead all Public Health collaborations across New England Institutions studying injury prevention and oversee and expand public health research efforts in the emergency department at BMC.

Areas of research interests include: falls among the elderly; prevention of sexually transmitted infections in high-risk populations; reduction of human error in safety-sensitive systems (training simulators to measure outcomes are used); low-dose and residual alcohol effects on occupational and neurocognitive performance; the relative effects of caffeinated vs. non-caffeinated alcoholic beverages on risk-taking behaviors among adolescents and young adults.

Serving as Principal Investigator, Dr. Howland’s research has been supported by grants from the NIH, CDC, DOD, DHHS, RWJ, as well as other distinguished agencies.

Other Positions

  • Research Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Northeastern University, MPA
  • Columbia University, BA


  • Published on 10/11/2018

    Howland J, Hackman H, Taylor A, O'Hara K, Liu J, Brusch J. Older adult fall prevention practices among primary care providers at accountable care organizations: A pilot study. PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0205279. PMID: 30307974.

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  • Published on 6/19/2017

    Shankar KN, Treadway NJ, Taylor AA, Breaud AH, Peterson EW, Howland J. Older adult falls prevention behaviors 60 days post-discharge from an urban emergency department after treatment for a fall. Inj Epidemiol. 2017 Dec; 4(1):18. PMID: 28626848.

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  • Published on 6/13/2017

    Baird J, Faul M, Green TC, Howland J, Adams CA, George A, Mello MJ. A retrospective review of unintentional opioid overdose risk and mitigating factors among acutely injured trauma patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Sep 01; 178:130-135. PMID: 28647680.

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  • Published on 4/5/2017

    Howland J, Hackman H, Taylor A, Brown L, Gapinski MA, Mills JK, Thornton K. Evaluation of Implementation of Massachusetts Sports Concussion Regulations: Results of Focus Groups With School Nurses and Athletic Trainers. J Sch Nurs. 2018 Oct; 34(5):344-349. PMID: 28378627.

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  • Published on 5/19/2016

    Stern RA, Seichepine D, Tschoe C, Fritts NG, Alosco ML, Berkowitz O, Burke P, Howland J, Olshaker J, Cantu RC, Baugh CM, Holsapple JW. Concussion Care Practices and Utilization of Evidence-Based Guidelines in the Evaluation and Management of Concussion: A Survey of New England Emergency Departments. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Feb 15; 34(4):861-868. PMID: 27112592.

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  • Published on 10/5/2015

    Howland J, Shankar KN, Peterson EW, Taylor AA. Savings in acute care costs if all older adults treated for fall-related injuries completed matter of balance. Inj Epidemiol. 2015; 2(1):25. PMID: 26457239.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Uribe-Leitz T, Barmak LA, Park A, Howland J, Lee V, Lodato E, Driscoll C, Dechert T, Burke PA. Evaluating three methods to encourage mentally competent older adults to assess their driving behavior. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Jul; 79(1):125-31. PMID: 26091325.

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  • Published on 6/11/2015

    Howland J, Treadway NJ, Taylor AA, Peterson EW. A statewide baseline inventory of evidence-based fall prevention programs for older adults. Inj Epidemiol. 2015 Dec; 2(1):12. PMID: 27747744.

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  • Published on 5/6/2014

    Treadway NJ, Diop H, Lu E, Nelson K, Hackman H, Howland J. Using surveillance data to inform a SUID reduction strategy in Massachusetts. Inj Epidemiol. 2014 Dec; 1(1):12. PMID: 27747680.

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  • Published on 12/1/2013

    Amlung M, Few LR, Howland J, Rohsenow DJ, Metrik J, MacKillop J. Impulsivity and alcohol demand in relation to combined alcohol and caffeine use. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2013 Dec; 21(6):467-74. PMID: 24364537.

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