Jonathan Litt

Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Jonathan S Litt, MD, MPH, ScD is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Litt received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his medical degree from Case Western Research University School of Medicine, and his masters and doctorate in social epidemiology from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Personal Statement

Dr. Litt is a practicing Neonatologist with a passion for the care of high-risk infants, children with chronic conditions, and the health services programs and systems that support them. His research program centers on the intersections of chronic health problems and neurocognitive and psychosocial development and the effectiveness of community-based interventions to improve outcomes. Current projects include 1) determining the appropriate population, content, and methods for clinical follow-up and developing innovative ways to ascertain the receipt of care and assessment of its effectiveness; 2) establishing a population-based approach to follow-up through a regional quality improvement collaborative for high-risk infant follow-up; 3) examining the relationship between chronic health problems and developmental disorders among high-risk infants.

Positions & Affiliations

  • Neonatologist, Beth  Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Director, NICU Growth and Developmental Support Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Operations Director, New England Follow-up Network

Research Interests

  • Links between chronic health problems and cognition, behavior, and social development
  • Health services access, utilization, and effectiveness for high-risk infants after NICU discharge
  • Care coordination and integration across settings for children with special health care needs
  • Life course epidemiology, social epidemiology, social science research methods