Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Renee Boynton-Jarrett
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, a pediatrician and social epidemiologist, is an associate professor at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She is the founding director of the Vital Village Networks. Vital Village uses a trauma-informed lens to improve community capacity to promote child wellbeing and advance equity through dedicated collaborative partnerships, research, data-sharing, and community leadership development in Boston and nationally through the NOW Forum and CRADLE Lab. Her scholarship has focused on 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, puberty, and fertility. She is nationally recognized for work on the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns.


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


  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Antkowiak L, Boynton-Jarrett R, Chiang SS, Castellon D, Gilbert PB, Juraska M, Sox CM, Huang CC. Violence Exposure Among Women in the Sex Industry and Their Children in El Alto, Bolivia: A Comparative Cross-Sectional Study. Violence Vict. 2023 Oct 01; 38(5):736-753. PMID: 37827582.

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  • Published on 7/7/2023

    Wise LA, Wang TR, Ncube CN, Lovett SM, Abrams J, Boynton-Jarrett R, Koenig MR, Geller RJ, Wesselink AK, Coleman CM, Hatch EE, James-Todd T. Use of Chemical Hair Straighteners and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Jul 07; 192(7):1066-1080. PMID: 37005071.

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  • Published on 6/9/2023

    Gresh A, Ahmed N, Boynton-Jarrett R, Sharifi M, Rosenthal MS, Fenick AM. Clinicians' Perspectives on Equitable Health Care Delivery in Group Well-Child Care. Acad Pediatr. 2023; 23(7):1385-1393. PMID: 37302699.

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  • Published on 1/2/2023

    Viglione C, Boynton-Jarrett R. The GROWBABY Research Network: A Framework for Advancing Health Equity Through Community Engaged Practice-Based Research. Matern Child Health J. 2023 Feb; 27(2):210-217. PMID: 36588142.

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  • Published on 6/16/2022

    Weiss-Laxer NS, Brandt AJ, Acosta J, Boynton-Jarrett R, Polk S, Mendelson T, Platt R. Group well-child care model for Latino children in immigrant families: Adapting to and learning from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) context. Fam Syst Health. 2022 Sep; 40(3):364-382. PMID: 35708921.

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  • Published on 6/1/2022

    Willis MD, Orta OR, Ncube C, Wesselink AK, Ðoàn LN, Kirwa K, Boynton-Jarrett R, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Association Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Fertility Among Pregnancy Planners in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 01; 5(6):e2218738. PMID: 35771576.

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  • Published on 11/2/2021

    Conover S, Koo H, Boynton-Jarrett R. Spatiotemporal trends in discarded needle reports near schools in Boston, Massachusetts, between 2016-2019. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2021 Nov 02; 47(6):737-745. PMID: 34783625.

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  • Published on 8/11/2021

    Kuban KCK, Boynton-Jarrett R, Heeren T, O'Shea TM. A Consideration of Racism in Pediatric Epidemiologic Studies. J Pediatr. 2021 12; 239:225-227. PMID: 34390694.

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  • Published on 6/3/2021

    Boynton-Jarrett R, Raj A, Inwards-Breland DJ. Structural integrity: Recognizing, measuring, and addressing systemic racism and its health impacts. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Jun; 36:100921. PMID: 34142070.

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  • Published on 3/10/2021

    Boynton-Jarrett R, Sponholtz TR, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Bethea TN, Wise LA. Abuse in Childhood and Risk for Sleep Disruption in Adulthood in the Black Women's Health Study. Sleep Med. 2021 07; 83:260-270. PMID: 34049046.

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