Dr. Peter James is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and faculty at the Department of Population Medicine in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) Institute. His research focuses on estimating the influence of spatial factors, including exposure to nature, the built environment, the food environment, air pollution, light pollution, noise, and socioeconomic factors, on health behaviors and chronic disease. More recently, he is developing methodologies to assess real-time, high spatio-temporal resolution objective measures of location and behavior by linking smartphone-based global positioning systems (GPS) and consumer wearable device accelerometry data to understand how spatial factors influence health behaviors.
Dr. James earned his ScD from the Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds a MHS in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.