Dr. Jeff Levin, an epidemiologist and religious scholar, holds a distinguished chair at Baylor University, where he is University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Professor of Medical Humanities, and Director of the Program on Religion and Population Health at the Institute for Studies of Religion. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.
Dr. Levin was the first scientist to systematically review the empirical literature on religion and health, and the first scientist funded by the NIH to conduct research on the topic. He has authored nearly 200 scholarly publications, mostly on the instrumental functions of religion for physical and mental health, general well-being, and aging. He has written or edited 10 books, most recently Upon These Three Things: Jewish Perspectives on Loving God (ISR Books, 2015) and the forthcoming Religion and the Social Sciences: Basic and Applied Research Perspectives (Templeton Press). According to the Institute for Scientific Information, Dr. Levin is one of the most highly cited social scientists in the world.
Dr. Levin's current research and writing are focused on three areas: (a) social and epidemiologic research on Judaism and population health, (b) the role of faith-based initiatives in public health and healthcare policy, and (c) theories of healing and the work of healers. He is married to Dr. Lea Steele, and is vice president and a member of the board of directors of Congregation Agudath Jacob, the Conservative synagogue in Waco.