Jennifer F. Bobb, PhD

I am excited about the potential for scientific discovery in the era of big data. With critical scientific thinking and advanced statistical methods, we can leverage rich data sources to improve public health.

Jennifer F. Bobb, PhD

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Curriculum vitae (CV)

Areas of focus:


Dr. Jennifer Bobb aims to apply rigorous statistical methods to address important problems in public health. Her primary focus has been to develop methods for analyzing large and high-dimensional, observational data in the context of environmental health and epidemiology. She is interested in statistical issues that occur when data that were not originally collected for research purposes, such as administrative claims data or electronic health records, are used for addressing questions of causal inference.

Dr. Bobb completed her PhD in biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During this time, Dr. Bobb led large-scale epidemiological investigations on the health effects of exposure to extreme heat and air pollution, and she worked with interdisciplinary teams to study the health impact of changing environmental stressors under global climate change. She also developed flexible modeling approaches for estimating the health effects of multi-pollutant mixtures that broadly apply to settings where a large number of exposures may interact or have complex relationships with health.

At KPWHRI, Dr. Bobb is collaborating with scientists across a broad range of research areas, including studies of aging and cognitive function, women’s health, and behavioral health.

Research interests and experience

  • Biostatistics

    Bayesian methods; analysis of observational data; hierarchical models; analysis of spatial-temporal data.

  • Environmental Health

    Health effects of air pollution, extreme weather events, climate change; statistical methods for complex environmental mixtures.

  • Women's Health

    Biostatistics; interventions during pregnancy; environmental exposures during pregnancy.

  • Mental Health

    Biostatistics; depression; dementia; behavioral health.





Recent publications

Williams EC, Lapham GT, Shortreed SM, Rubinsky AD, Bobb JF, Bensley KM, Catz SL, Richards JE, Bradley KA. Among patients with unhealthy alcohol use, those with HIV are less likely than those without to receive evidence-based alcohol-related care: a national VA study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 Mar 6;174:113-120. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.01.018. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Bobb JF, Ho KK, Yeh RW, Harrington L, Zai A, Liao KP, Dominici F. Time-course of cause-specific hospital admissions during snowstorms: an analysis of electronic medical records from major hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jan 30. doi: 10.1093/aje/kww219. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Valeri L, Patterson-Lomba O, Gurmu Y, Ablorh A, Bobb J, Townes FW, Harling G. Predicting subnational ebola virus disease epidemic dynamics from sociodemographic indicators. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 12;11(10):e0163544. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163544. eCollection 2016. PubMed

Wang Y, Bobb JF, Papi B, Wang Y, Kosheleva A, Di Q, Schwartz JD, Dominici F. Heat stroke admissions during heat waves in 1,916 US counties for the period from 1999 to 2010 and their effect modifiers. Environ Health. 2016 Aug 8;15(1):83. doi: 10.1186/s12940-016-0167-3. PubMed

Johnson S, Bobb JF, Ito K, Elston B, Matte T, Shmool JLC, Dominici F, Ross Z, McAlexander T, Clougherty JE, Savitz D. Ambient fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and preterm birth in New York City. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Aug;124(8):1283-90. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1510266. Epub 2016 Feb 5. PubMed

Shmool JL, Bobb JF, Ito K, Elston B, Savitz DA, Ross Z, Matte TD, Johnson S, Dominici F, Clougherty JE. Area-level socioeconomic deprivation, nitrogen dioxide exposure, and term birth weight in New York City. Environ Res. 2015 Oct;142:624-32. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.08.019.



Cardiovascular disease-related hospital admissions jump on second day after major snowfall

Heart hospitalizations may spike days after snowstorms pass

Reuters (syndicated), Jan. 30, 2017

healthy findings blog

Preventing dementia: A long-term ACT idea goes mainstream

Next week, biostatistician Dr. Jennifer Bobb attends her second symposium for the 30-year Adult Changes in Thought study. Here’s a meeting preview.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

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Can precision medicine break the chain of mental health co-misery?

Mental health research excels at linking bad experiences to poor outcomes, writes Dr. Greg Simon. Here’s how to focus on recovery and resilience instead.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.