Avron Spiro III, PhD
Research Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, Pennsylvania State University



Dr. Avron (Ron) Spiro received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in 1982 from The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in adult development and aging and in developmental methodology. In 1986, he joined the VA Normative Aging Study (NAS), then at the Boston VA Outpatient Clinic, as a research psychologist and methodologist. In that position, he has studied the influences of health and disease on cognitive aging, and conducted longitudinal studies of personality, well-being, and mental health. He also works with the VA Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS), an ongoing study of dental health among NAS men. In 1998, the VA funded the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), which incorporated the NAS/DLS, now located at VA Boston Healthcare System in Jamaica Plain. Since 1993, Dr. Spiro has collaborated with researchers at the VA HSR&D Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR; formerly the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research [CHQOER]). His work here focuses primarily on mental health, including PTSD and depression, and on patient-reported outcomes, including health-related quality of life. In 1987, Dr. Spiro was appointed Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health, promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in 2004, and to Research Professor in 2011. In 2011, Dr. Spiro was also appointed as Research Professor of Psychiatry at BU School of Medcine. Since 2001, he has been Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at BU’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In 2008, he received a Research Career Scientist award from the Clinical Science R&D Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and in 2013 was awarded a Senior Research Career Scientist award. Dr. Spiro has been funded by NIH and VA. Currently, he is PI of an NIH grant on Lifespan Outcomes of Military Service, and is co-investigator on several projects funded by NIH and VA studying health, personality, cognition and aging. His current work involves (a) examining the effects of health and disease on cognitive aging, (b) modeling longitudinal changes in personality in relation to health, (c) examining the long-term effects of military service on health and well-being in later life, and (d) studying mental disorders and their impact on health and functioning.

Associate Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Department of Health Policy & Health Svcs Research


Research Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry


VA Boston Healthcare System



2013-2020 US Department of Veterans Affairs (Clinical Science R&D Service): Senior Research Career Scientist
2010 American Psychological Association, Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics): Fellow
2010 Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences): Fellow
2008-2013 US Department of Veterans Affairs (Clinical Science R&D Service): Research Career Scientist Award
2005 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Adolph Kammer Merit in Authorship Award
2004 American Psychological Association (Adult Development and Aging): Fellow


Personality & Well-Being Trajectories in Adulthood
09/01/2016 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
Northwestern University NIH NIA
2R01AG018436-16A1

Lifespan Outcomes of Military Service
09/30/2010 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R24AG039343-05

Optimism and Exceptional Longevity
09/01/2016 - 03/31/2017 (PI)
Harvard University NIH NIA
1R01AG053273-01

Personality and Well-being Trajectories in Adulthood
09/15/2013 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
Northwestern University NIH NIA
5R01AG018436-15

Stress, Coping, Health and Optimal Aging
09/01/2010 - 05/31/2016 (PI)
Oregon State University NIH NIA
5R01AG032037-04

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Avron Spiro
07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. NIH NIA
7R01AG034554-03

Personality and Well Being Trajectories in Adulthood
09/01/2011 - 08/31/2012 (PI)
Purdue University NIH NIA
2 R01AG018436-11A1

Personnel Agreement for the Research Services of Shelley Amberg
09/01/2010 - 02/28/2012 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Oral Health and Quality of Life
07/01/2001 - 12/31/2001 (Dept Sponsor)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
1 F32 DE05742 01A1




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2014 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-05 7
2013 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-04 7
2012 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-03 7
2011 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-02 7
2010 Lifespan outcomes of military service 1R24AG039343-01 7
2007 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-07-1 26
2006 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-06-1 26
2005 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-05-1 26
2004 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-04-1 26
2003 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-03-1 26
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  1. Farooqui Z, Bakulski KM, Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Sparrow D, Spiro A, Vokonas PS, Nie LH, Hu H, Park SK. Associations of cumulative Pb exposure and longitudinal changes in Mini-Mental Status Exam scores, global cognition and domains of cognition: The VA Normative Aging Study. Environ Res. 2017 Jan; 152:102-108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27770710; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.10.007;.
  2. Wright WG, Spiro A, Jones JA, Rich SE, Garcia RI. Development of the Teen Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Instrument. J Public Health Dent. 2016 Oct 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27731515; DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12181;.
  3. Verfaellie M, Lee LO, Lafleche G, Spiro A. Self-Reported Sleep Disturbance Mediates the Relationship Between PTSD and Cognitive Outcome in Blast-Exposed OEF/OIF Veterans. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2016 Sep-Oct; 31(5):309-19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26580692; PMCID: PMC4870155; DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000197;.
  4. Prada D, Colicino E, Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Zhong J, Hou L, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Brenan K, Herrera LA, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. APOE e4 allele modifies the association of lead exposure with age-related cognitive decline in older individuals. Environ Res. 2016 Nov; 151:101-105.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27474937; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.07.034;.
  5. Dai L, Kloog I, Coull BA, Sparrow D, Spiro A, Vokonas PS, Schwartz JD. Cognitive function and short-term exposure to residential air temperature: A repeated measures study based on spatiotemporal estimates of temperature. Environ Res. 2016 Oct; 150:446-51.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27391696; PMCID: PMC5003630; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.036;.
  6. Eisen SV, Schultz MR, Ni P, Haley SM, Smith EG, Spiro A, Osei-Bonsu PE, Nordberg S, Jette AM. Development and Validation of a Computerized-Adaptive Test for PTSD (P-CAT). Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Oct 01; 67(10):1116-1123.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27247175.
  7. Vivot A, Power MC, Glymour MM, Mayeda ER, Benitez A, Spiro A, Manly JJ, Proust-Lima C, Dufouil C, Gross AL. Jump, Hop, or Skip: Modeling Practice Effects in Studies of Determinants of Cognitive Change in Older Adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Feb 15; 183(4):302-14. PMID: 26825924; PMCID: PMC4753282; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwv212;.
  8. Kim D, Kubzansky LD, Baccarelli A, Sparrow D, Spiro A, Tarantini L, Cantone L, Vokonas P, Schwartz J. Psychological factors and DNA methylation of genes related to immune/inflammatory system markers: the VA Normative Aging Study. BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 05; 6(1):e009790.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26733571; PMCID: PMC4716233; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009790;.
  9. Jeong YJ, Aldwin CM, Igarashi H, Spiro A. Do hassles and uplifts trajectories predict mortality? Longitudinal findings from the VA Normative Aging Study. J Behav Med. 2016 06; 39(3):408-19. PMID: 26721518; DOI: 10.1007/s10865-015-9703-9;.
  10. Colicino E, Giuliano G, Power MC, Lepeule J, Wilker EH, Vokonas P, Brennan KJ, Fossati S, Hoxha M, Spiro A, Weisskopf MG, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Long-term exposure to black carbon, cognition and single nucleotide polymorphisms in microRNA processing genes in older men. Environ Int. 2016 Mar; 88:86-93.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26724585; PMCID: PMC4755894; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.12.014;.
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Bar chart showing 153 publications over 25 distinct years, with a maximum of 15 publications in 2015

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aging
cognitive aging
healthy aging
personality
veterans
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