Jessica Barrett is a data manager and analyst at the Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Since joining the HPRC in 2008, her research experience has focused on nutrition and physical activity related policies and environments for children and youth in schools, out of school programs, and active transportation. She currently serves as the School Sector Team Leader for the CHOICES project, and has led the cost-effectiveness modeling of an Active Physical Education pilot intervention.
Jessica has collaborated on research projects evaluating local physical activity initiatives in the Boston Public Schools and provided technical support for ongoing district-wide monitoring of school-based physical activity. As part of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN), a thematic research network of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she has studied implementation of state policies addressing physical education and physical activity in schools. Her work in active transportation includes assessment of the impact of bicycle facility improvements on trends in ridership in Minneapolis, and national analysis of factors associated with federal Safe Routes to School and other bicycle and pedestrian funding. Jessica received her MPH in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.