Jason Boardman
Professor • Director of the Health & Society Program • Institute of Behavioral Science

KTCH 312


Office Hours: Monday 2:30pm-3:30pm


Jason Boardman's research focuses on the social determinants of health with an  emphasis on the gene-environment interactions related to health behaviors.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in statistics, social demography, and the sociology of race and ethnicity. Professor Boardman lives in Boulder with his wife Alison, their two children Anya and Izak, and their dog Marlowe.


  • Assortative Mating and Differential Fertility by Phenotype and Genotype across the 20th Century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Forthcoming.
  • Polygenic influence on educational attainment: New evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.  AERA Open. 1(3): 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2332858415599972.
  • What can genes tell us about the relationship between education and health? Social Science & Medicine 127:171-180.
  • Replication and robustness of genome-wide association studies for behavioral traits 2014. Psychological Science 25(11):1975-1986. PMID: 25287667
  • Polygenic risk predicts obesity in both white and black young adults. PLOS ONE 9(7):e101596. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101596
  • Genetic and educational assortative mating among US adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(22):7996-8000.
  • Defining the environment in gene–environment research: lessons from social epidemiology. American Journal of Public Health. 103(S1): S64–S72.
  • Genetic sensitivity to peer behaviors: 5HTTLPR, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Journal of Health & Social Behavior 54(1):92-108.
  • How social and genetic factors predict friendship networks. 2012. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(43):17377-17381.