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


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

Personality & Well-Being Trajectories in Adulthood
09/30/2016 - 05/31/2019 (PI)
Northwestern University NIH NIA
2R01AG018436-17

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 (PI)
Northwestern University NIH NIA
5R01AG018436-15

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

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

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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Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Brady CB, Pless Kaiser A, Spiro A, Davison E, King D, King L. Late-onset stress symptomatology (LOSS) scale - short form: development and validation. Aging Ment Health. 2018 May 23; 1-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29791189.
     
  2. Brailey K, Mills MA, Marx BP, Proctor SP, Seal KH, Spiro A, Ulloa EW, Vasterling JJ. Prospective Examination of Early Associations of Iraq War Zone Deployment, Combat Severity, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with New Incident Medical Diagnoses. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Feb; 31(1):102-113.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29513919.
     
  3. Marioni RE, McRae AF, Bressler J, Colicino E, Hannon E, Li S, Prada D, Smith JA, Trevisi L, Tsai PC, Vojinovic D, Simino J, Levy D, Liu C, Mendelson M, Satizabal CL, Yang Q, Jhun MA, Kardia SLR, Zhao W, Bandinelli S, Ferrucci L, Hernandez DG, Singleton AB, Harris SE, Starr JM, Kiel DP, McLean RR, Just AC, Schwartz J, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Amin N, Ikram MA, Uitterlinden AG, van Meurs JBJ, Spector TD, Steves C, Baccarelli AA, Bell JT, van Duijn CM, Fornage M, Hsu YH, Mill J, Mosley TH, Seshadri S, Deary IJ. Meta-analysis of epigenome-wide association studies of cognitive abilities. Mol Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29311653; DOI: 10.1038/s41380-017-0008-y;.
     
  4. Prada D, Colicino E, Power MC, Weisskopf MG, Zhong J, Hou L, Spiro A, Vokonas P, Brennan K, Herrera LA, Schwartz J, Wright R, Hu H, Baccarelli AA. Corrigendum to "APOE e4 allele modifies the association of lead exposure with age-related cognitive decline in older individuals" [Environ. Res. 151 (2016) 101-105]. Environ Res. 2018 Aug; 165:504.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29183624.
     
  5. Avron Spiro III, Richard A. Settersten, Carolyn M. Aldwin (Editors). Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and well-being of aging veterans. American Psychological Association. Washington DC. 2017. View Publication
     
  6. Clouston S, Pietrzak RH, Kotov R, Richards M, Spiro A, Scott S, Deri Y, Mukherjee S, Stewart C, Bromet E, Luft BJ. Traumatic exposures, posttraumatic stress disorder, and cognitive functioning in World Trade Center responders. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2017 Nov; 3(4):593-602. PMID: 29201993.
     
  7. Kilbourne AM, Schumacher K, Frayne SM, Cypel Y, Barbaresso MM, Nord KM, Perzhinsky J, Lai Z, Prenovost K, Spiro A, Gleason TC, Kimerling R, Huang GD, Serpi TB, Magruder KM. Physical Health Conditions Among a Population-Based Cohort of Vietnam-Era Women Veterans: Agreement Between Self-Report and Medical Records. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Nov; 26(11):1244-1251. PMID: 28783423; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2016.6069;.
     
  8. Graham EK, Rutsohn JP, Turiano NA, Bendayan R, Batterham PJ, Gerstorf D, Katz MJ, Reynolds CA, Sharp ES, Yoneda TB, Bastarache ED, Elleman LG, Zelinski EM, Johansson B, Kuh D, Barnes LL, Bennett DA, Deeg DJH, Lipton RB, Pedersen NL, Piccinin AM, Spiro A, Muniz-Terrera G, Willis SL, Schaie KW, Roan C, Herd P, Hofer SM, Mroczek DK. Personality Predicts Mortality Risk: An Integrative Data Analysis of 15 International Longitudinal Studies. J Res Pers. 2017 Oct; 70:174-186. PMID: 29230075.
     
  9. Lee H, Aldwin CM, Choun S, Spiro A. Does combat exposure affect well-being in later life? The VA Normative Aging Study. Psychol Trauma. 2017 Nov; 9(6):672-678. PMID: 28447816.
     
  10. Sternke LM, Serpi T, Spiro A, Kimerling R, Kilbourne AM, Cypel Y, Frayne SM, Furey J, Huang GD, Reinhard MJ, Magruder K. Assessment of a Revised Wartime Experiences Scale for Vietnam-Era Women: The Health of Vietnam-Era Women's Study (HealthViEWS). Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul - Aug; 27(4):471-477. PMID: 28438646.
     
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Bar chart showing 216 publications over 33 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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