Professor Emeritus, Geography and Epidemiology
University of Washington
Tel: 206-543-7110 Box: 353550
Jonathan Mayer’s research over the past decade has been in several directions, most broadly in the area of the ecology of human disease: how biology, environment, and society interact to produce states of health and disease. Epidemiology, ecology, and spatial analysis of infectious diseases, especially pertaining to developing countries; the epidemiology of pain; urban slum health in developing countries; tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; host-environment interaction in infectious disease pathogenesis; water, sanitation, and infectious disease; and global environmental change and health, beginning with his membership on the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences joint Committee on Climate, Ecosystem Change, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health, which was tasked with ascertaining the state of knowledge on the relations between climate variability and infectious diseases. He has served on numerous NAS and NIH panels and committees, including the NAS Standing Committee on the Geographical Sciences; and the Committee on Research Priorities in the Earth Sciences and Public Health; and a committee that is joint between NIH and the Association of American Geographers dealing with the development of a cross-institute initiative on developing a GIScience infrastructure at NIH.
Mayer has published in journals including JAMA; Spine; Anesthesiology; Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases; Social Science and Medicine; and Progress in Human Geography; and the Clinical Journal of Pain. He has published numerous book chapters on the health effects of migration; health effects of natural disasters; and “epidemiologic geography,” which is a term that he coined to reflect the current state of his field in a recent publication.
Currently, Mayer is working on several COVID-19 projects, as well as various projects involving the epidemiology of pain and pain treatment.