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
Health Policy & Health Svcs Research


Research Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
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
09/30/2016 - 05/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Northwestern University NIH NIA
5R01AG018436-18

Optimism and Exceptional Longevity
09/01/2016 - 03/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Harvard University NIH NIA
5R01AG053273-04

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

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

Personality and Well Being Trajectories in Adulthood
09/01/2011 - 08/31/2016 (Subcontract PI)
Purdue University NIH NIA
2R01AG018436-11A1

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

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

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



Title
Lifespan Outcomes of Military Service
Personality and Well-Being Trajectories in adulthood
Language in the Aging Brain
Stress, Coping, Health and Optimal Aging


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2014 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-05 14
2013 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-04 14
2012 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-03 14
2011 Lifespan outcomes of military service 5R24AG039343-02 14
2010 Lifespan outcomes of military service 1R24AG039343-01 14
2007 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-07-1 30
2006 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-06-1 30
2005 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-05-1 30
2004 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-04-1 30
2003 ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN YOUTH 5U54DE014264-03-1 30
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  1. Zundel CG, Heeren T, Grasso CM, Spiro A, Proctor SP, Sullivan K, Krengel M. Changes in Health Status in the Ft. Devens Gulf War Veterans Cohort: 1997-2017. Neurosci Insights. 2020; 15:2633105520952675.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32914090
     
  2. Dolcini J, Kioumourtzoglou MA, Cayir A, Sanchez-Guerra M, Brennan KJ, Dereix AE, Coull BA, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA. Age and mitochondrial DNA copy number influence the association between outdoor temperature and cognitive function: Insights from the VA Normative Aging Study. Environ Epidemiol. 2020 Aug; 4(4):e0108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32832843
     
  3. Smith BN, Spiro A, Frayne SM, Kimerling R, Cypel Y, Reinhard MJ, Kilbourne AM, Magruder KM. Impact of Wartime Stress Exposures and Mental Health on Later-Life Functioning and Disability in Vietnam-Era Women Veterans: Findings From the Health of Vietnam-Era Women's Study. Psychosom Med. 2020 Feb/Mar; 82(2):147-157.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31714370
     
  4. Duggan EC, Piccinin AM, Clouston S, Koval AV, Robitaille A, Zammit AR, Wu C, Brown CL, Lee LO, Finkel D, Beasley WH, Kaye J, Terrera GM, Katz M, Lipton RB, Deeg D, Bennett DA, Praetorius Björk M, Johansson B, Spiro A, Weuve J, Hofer SM. A Multi-study Coordinated Meta-analysis of Pulmonary Function and Cognition in Aging. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 10 04; 74(11):1793-1804.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30825374
     
  5. Lee LO, Aldwin CM, Kubzansky LD, Mroczek DK, Spiro A. The long arm of childhood experiences on longevity: Testing midlife vulnerability and resilience pathways. Psychol Aging. 2019 Nov; 34(7):884-899.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31524422; DOI: 10.1037/pag0000394;
     
  6. Schmidt EM, Magruder K, Kilbourne AM, Stock EM, Cypel Y, El Burai Félix S, Serpi T, Kimerling R, Cohen B, Spiro A, Furey J, Huang GD, Frayne SM. Four Decades after War: Incident Diabetes among Women Vietnam-Era Veterans in the HealthViEWS Study. Womens Health Issues. 2019 Nov - Dec; 29(6):471-479. PMID: 31519465; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2019.08.002;
     
  7. Clouston SAP, Diminich ED, Kotov R, Pietrzak RH, Richards M, Spiro A, Deri Y, Carr M, Yang X, Gandy S, Sano M, Bromet EJ, Luft BJ. Incidence of mild cognitive impairment in World Trade Center responders: Long-term consequences of re-experiencing the events on 9/11/2001. Alzheimers Dement (Amst). 2019 Dec; 11:628-636. PMID: 31517025
     
  8. Lee LO, James P, Zevon ES, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Spiro A, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 09 10; 116(37):18357-18362.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31451635
     
  9. Kim ES, Fong K, Lee L, Spiro A, Schwartz J, Whitsel E, Horvath S, Wang C, Hou L, Baccarelli AA, Li Y, Stewart J, Manson JE, Grodstein F, DeMeo DL, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is not associated with two indicators of DNA methylation aging. Aging (Albany NY). 2019 07 18; 11(14):4970-4989.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31322503; DOI: 10.18632/aging.102090;
     
  10. Higby E, Cahana-Amitay D, Vogel-Eyny A, Spiro A, Albert ML, Obler LK. The Role of Executive Functions in Object- and Action-Naming among Older Adults. Exp Aging Res. 2019 Jul-Sep; 45(4):306-330. PMID: 31216948
     
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Bar chart showing 230 publications over 35 distinct years, with a maximum of 16 publications in 2015

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aging
cognitive aging
healthy aging
personality
veterans
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