Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Renee Boynton-Jarrett
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD is a pediatrician and social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network ( Her work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific concentration on psychosocial stress and neuroendocrine and reproductive health outcomes, including obesity and early puberty. She is interested in social ecology and the role of neighborhood attributes in influencing health trajectory. Specifically, she has studied the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. Her current work is developing community-based strategies to promote child well-being and reduce child maltreatment using a collective impact approach in three Boston neighborhoods.


  • Yale University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Princeton University, AB


  • Published on 6/29/2020

    Sponholtz TR, Bethea TN, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Boynton-Jarrett R, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Wise LA. Night Shift Work and Fecundability in Late Reproductive-Aged African American Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jun 29. PMID: 32598212.

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  • Published on 12/20/2016

    Garg A, Boynton-Jarrett R, Dworkin PH. Screening for Social Determinants of Health-Reply. JAMA. 2016 12 20; 316(23):2552-2553. PMID: 27997650.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Garg A, Boynton-Jarrett R, Dworkin PH. Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Screening for Social Determinants of Health. JAMA. 2016 Aug 23-30; 316(8):813-4. PMID: 27367226.

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  • Published on 5/2/2016

    McConnico N, Boynton-Jarrett R, Bailey C, Nandi M. Trauma-Sensitive Schools Framework: Infusing Trauma-Informed Practices Into Early Childhood Education Systems. Zero to Three Journal. 2016; 36(5).

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  • Published on 4/1/2016

    Sandel M, Faugno E, Mingo A, Cannon J, Byrd K, Garcia DA, Collier S, McClure E, Jarrett RB. Neighborhood-Level Interventions to Improve Childhood Opportunity and Lift Children Out of Poverty. Acad Pediatr. 2016 Apr; 16(3 Suppl):S128-35. PMID: 27044690.

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  • Published on 12/11/2015

    Mason SM, Bryn Austin S, Bakalar JL, Boynton-Jarrett R, Field AE, Gooding HC, Holsen LM, Jackson B, Neumark-Sztainer D, Sanchez M, Sogg S, Tanofsky-Kraff M, Rich-Edwards JW. Child Maltreatment's Heavy Toll: The Need for Trauma-Informed Obesity Prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2016 May; 50(5):646-9. PMID: 26689978.

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  • Published on 4/8/2015

    Harville EW, Jacobs M, Boynton-Jarrett R. When is exposure to a natural disaster traumatic? Comparison of a trauma questionnaire and disaster exposure inventory. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0123632. PMID: 25853820.

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  • Published on 3/31/2015

    Jacobs MB, Boynton-Jarrett RD, Harville EW. Adverse childhood event experiences, fertility difficulties and menstrual cycle characteristics. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2015; 36(2):46-57. PMID: 25826282.

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  • Published on 11/6/2014

    Suglia SF, Clark CJ, Boynton-Jarrett R, Kressin NR, Koenen KC. Child maltreatment and hypertension in young adulthood. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:1149. PMID: 25374338.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Mahalingaiah S, Hart JE, Laden F, Terry KL, Boynton-Jarrett R, Aschengrau A, Missmer SA. Air pollution and risk of uterine leiomyomata. Epidemiology. 2014 Sep; 25(5):682-8. PMID: 24815304.

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