Michael Jerrett

A Short Biography:

Dr. Michael Jerrett is an internationally recognized expert in Geographic Information Science for Exposure Assessment and Spatial Epidemiology. He is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Jerrett earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto (Canada). For the past 15 years, Dr. Jerrett has researched how to characterize population exposures to air pollution and built environmental variables, how to understand the social distribution of these exposures among different groups (e.g., poor vs. wealthy), and how to assess the health effects from environmental exposures. Over the decade, Dr. Jerrett has also studied the contribution of the built and natural environment to physical activity, behavior and obesity. In 2009, the United States National Academy of Science appointed Dr. Jerrett to the Committee on “Future of Human and Environmental Exposure Science in the 21st Century.” The committee recently concluded its task with the publication of a report entitled "Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy." In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appointed Dr. Jerrett to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Sub-Committee for Nitrogen Oxides. In 2014, Dr. Jerrett was named to the Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers, indicating he is in the top 1% of all authors in the fields of Environment/Ecology in terms of citation by other researchers.

Work Titles
UCLA Chair, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.S., Trent University

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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South
56-070B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095


A selected list of publications:

Weichenthal Scott, Bai Li, Hatzopoulou Marianne, Van Ryswyk Keith, Kwong Jeffrey C, Jerrett Michael, van Donkelaar Aaron, Martin Randall V, Burnett Richard T, Lu Hong, Chen Hong   Long-term exposure to ambient ultrafine particles and respiratory disease incidence in in Toronto, Canada: a cohort study Environmental health : a global access science source, 2017; 16(1): 64.
Avila-Palencia Ione, de Nazelle Audrey, Cole-Hunter Tom, Donaire-Gonzalez David, Jerrett Michael, Rodriguez Daniel A, Nieuwenhuijsen Mark J   The relationship between bicycle commuting and perceived stress: a cross-sectional study BMJ open, 2017; 7(6): e013542.
Jerrett Michael, Donaire-Gonzalez David, Popoola Olalekan, Jones Roderic, Cohen Ronald C, Almanza Estela, de Nazelle Audrey, Mead Iq, Carrasco-Turigas Glòria, Cole-Hunter Tom, Triguero-Mas Margarita, Seto Edmund, Nieuwenhuijsen Mark   Validating novel air pollution sensors to improve exposure estimates for epidemiological analyses and citizen science Environmental research, 2017; 158: 286-294.
Jerrett Michael, Brook Robert, White Laura F, Burnett Richard T, Yu Jeffrey, Su Jason, Seto Edmund, Marshall Julian, Palmer Julie R, Rosenberg Lynn, Coogan Patricia F   Ambient ozone and incident diabetes: A prospective analysis in a large cohort of African American women Environment international, 2017; 102(1): 42-47.
Chen Hong, Kwong Jeffrey C, Copes Ray, Villeneuve Paul J, Goldberg Mark S, Ally Sherry L, Weichenthal Scott, van Donkelaar Aaron, Jerrett Michael, Martin Randall V, Brook Jeffrey R, Kopp Alexander, Burnett Richard T   Cohort Profile: The ONtario Population Health and Environment Cohort (ONPHEC) International journal of epidemiology, 2017; 46(2): 405-405j.
Jerrett Michael, Turner Michelle C, Beckerman Bernardo S, Pope C Arden, van Donkelaar Aaron, Martin Randall V, Serre Marc, Crouse Dan, Gapstur Susan M, Krewski Daniel, Diver W Ryan, Coogan Patricia F, Thurston George D, Burnett Richard T   Comparing the Health Effects of Ambient Particulate Matter Estimated Using Ground-Based versus Remote Sensing Exposure Estimates Environmental health perspectives, 2017; 125(4): 552-559.
Loh Miranda, Sarigiannis Dimosthenis, Gotti Alberto, Karakitsios Spyros, Pronk Anjoeka, Kuijpers Eelco, Annesi-Maesano Isabella, Baiz Nour, Madureira Joana, Oliveira Fernandes Eduardo, Jerrett Michael, Cherrie John W   How Sensors Might Help Define the External Exposome International journal of environmental research and public health, 2017; 14(4): 42-47.
Turner Michelle C, Cohen Aaron, Burnett Richard T, Jerrett Michael, Diver W Ryan, Gapstur Susan M, Krewski Daniel, Samet Jonathan M, Pope C Arden   Interactions between cigarette smoking and ambient PM2.5 for cardiovascular mortality Environmental research, 2017; 154(4): 304-310.
Coogan Patricia F, White Laura F, Yu Jeffrey, Brook Robert D, Burnett Richard T, Marshall Julian D, Bethea Traci N, Rosenberg Lynn, Jerrett Michael   Long-Term Exposure to NO2 and Ozone and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study American journal of hypertension, 2017; 30(4): 367-372.
Turner Michelle C, Nieuwenhuijsen Mark, Anderson Kim, Balshaw David, Cui Yuxia, Dunton Genevieve, Hoppin Jane A, Koutrakis Petros, Jerrett Michael   Assessing the Exposome with External Measures: Commentary on the State of the Science and Research Recommendations Annual review of public health, 2017; 38(2): 215-239.
Donaire-Gonzalez David, Valentín Antònia, de Nazelle Audrey, Ambros Albert, Carrasco-Turigas Glòria, Seto Edmund, Jerrett Michael, Nieuwenhuijsen Mark J   Benefits of Mobile Phone Technology for Personal Environmental Monitoring JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2016; 4(4): e126.
Baccarelli Andrea A, Hales Nick, Burnett Richard T, Jerrett Michael, Mix Carter, Dockery Douglas W, Pope C Arden   Particulate Air Pollution, Exceptional Aging, and Rates of Centenarians: A Nationwide Analysis of the United States, 1980-2010 Environmental health perspectives, 2016; 124(11): 1744-1750.
Jerrett Michael, Su Jason G, MacLeod Kara E, Hanning Cooper, Houston Douglas, Wolch Jennifer   Safe Routes to Play? Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crashes Near Parks in Los Angeles Environmental research, 2016; 151(11): 742-755.
White Laura F, Jerrett Michael, Yu Jeffrey, Marshall Julian D, Rosenberg Lynn, Coogan Patricia F   Ambient Air Pollution and 16-Year Weight Change in African-American Women American journal of preventive medicine, 2016; 51(4): e99-e105.
Reid Colleen E, Jerrett Michael, Tager Ira B, Petersen Maya L, Mann Jennifer K, Balmes John R   Differential respiratory health effects from the 2008 northern California wildfires: A spatiotemporal approach Environmental research, 2016; 150(4): 227-35.
Chen Hong, Burnett Richard T, Copes Ray, Kwong Jeffrey C, Villeneuve Paul J, Goldberg Mark S, Brook Robert D, van Donkelaar Aaron, Jerrett Michael, Martin Randall V, Brook Jeffrey R, Kopp Alexander, Tu Jack V   Ambient Fine Particulate Matter and Mortality among Survivors of Myocardial Infarction: Population-Based Cohort Study Environmental health perspectives, 2016; 124(9): 1421-8.
Pope C Arden, Turner Michelle C, Burnett Richard T, Jerrett Michael, Gapstur Susan M, Diver W Ryan, Krewski Daniel, Brook Robert D   Relationships between fine particulate air pollution, cardiometabolic disorders, and cardiovascular mortality Circulation research, 2015; 116(1): 108-15.
Ortega Hinojosa Alberto M, Davies Molly M, Jarjour Sarah, Burnett Richard T, Mann Jennifer K, Hughes Edward, Balmes John R, Turner Michelle C, Jerrett Michael   Developing small-area predictions for smoking and obesity prevalence in the United States for use in Environmental Public Health Tracking Environmental research, 2014; 134(12): 435-52.
  Determinants of manganese levels in house dust samples from CHAMACOS cohort Science of the Total Environment, 2014; 497-498.
Shin Hwashin H, Cakmak Sabit, Brion Orly, Villeneuve Paul, Turner Michelle C, Goldberg Mark S, Jerrett Michael, Chen Hong, Crouse Dan, Peters Paul, Pope C Arden, Burnett Richard T   Indirect adjustment for multiple missing variables applicable to environmental epidemiology Environmental research, 2014; 134(12): 482-7.
Zhou Ying, Jerrett Michael   Linking exposure and health in environmental public health tracking Environmental research, 2014; 134(12): 453.
Lee Eunice Y, Jerrett Michael, Ross Zev, Coogan Patricia F, Seto Edmund Y W   Assessment of traffic-related noise in three cities in the United States Environmental research, 2014; 132(9): 182-9.
Reynolds Kim D, Dahmann Nicholas, Wolch Jennifer, Joassart-Marcelli Pascale, Dunton Genevieve, Rudulph Diana, Newell Joshua, Thayer Jennifer, Jerrett Michael   Factors predicting the capacity of Los Angeles city-region recreation programs to promote energy expenditure Health & place, 2014; 28(4): 67-72.
Dadvand Payam, Ostro Bart, Figueras Francesc, Foraster Maria, Basagaña Xavier, Valentín Antònia, Martinez David, Beelen Rob, Cirach Marta, Hoek Gerard, Jerrett Michael, Brunekreef Bert, Nieuwenhuijsen Mark J   Residential proximity to major roads and term low birth weight: the roles of air pollution, heat, noise, and road-adjacent trees Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 2014; 25(4): 518-25.
Jerrett Michael, McConnell Rob, Wolch Jennifer, Chang Roger, Lam Claudia, Dunton Genevieve, Gilliland Frank, Lurmann Fred, Islam Talat, Berhane Kiros   Traffic-related air pollution and obesity formation in children: a longitudinal, multilevel analysis Environmental health : a global access science source, 2014; 13(4): 49.
Dell Sharon D, Jerrett Michael, Beckerman Bernard, Brook Jeffrey R, Foty Richard G, Gilbert Nicolas L, Marshall Laura, Miller J David, To Teresa, Walter Stephen D, Stieb David M   Presence of other allergic disease modifies the effect of early childhood traffic-related air pollution exposure on asthma prevalence Environment international, 2014; 65(4): 83-92.
Dunton Genevieve Fridlund, Almanza Estela, Jerrett Michael, Wolch Jennifer, Pentz Mary Ann   Neighborhood park use by children: use of accelerometry and global positioning systems American journal of preventive medicine, 2014; 46(2): 136-42.
Chen Hong, Burnett Richard T, Kwong Jeffrey C, Villeneuve Paul J, Goldberg Mark S, Brook Robert D, van Donkelaar Aaron, Jerrett Michael, Martin Randall V, Kopp Alexander, Brook Jeffrey R, Copes Ray   Spatial association between ambient fine particulate matter and incident hypertension Circulation, 2014; 129(5): 562-9.
Gunier Robert B, Bradman Asa, Jerrett Michael, Smith Donald R, Harley Kim G, Austin Christine, Vedar Michelle, Arora Manish, Eskenazi Brenda   Determinants of manganese in prenatal dentin of shed teeth from CHAMACOS children living in an agricultural community Environmental science & technology, 2013; 47(19): 11249-57.
Jerrett Michael, Almanza Estela, Davies Molly, Wolch Jennifer, Dunton Genevieve, Spruitj-Metz Donna, Ann Pentz Mary   Smart growth community design and physical activity in children American journal of preventive medicine, 2013; 45(4): 386-92.

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