Jaimie L. Gradus, DMSc, DSc, MPH
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology

DSc, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Stony Brook University

Pronouns: she/her/hers



Jaimie L. Gradus is a Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She received her BA in psychology from Stony Brook University, her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics and DSc in epidemiology at Boston University and her DMSc at Aarhus University. Dr. Gradus's research interests are in the epidemiology of trauma and trauma-related disorders, with a particular focus on suicide outcomes. She was the winner of the 2009 Lilienfeld Student Prize from the Society for Epidemiologic Research for her paper on the association between PTSD and death from suicide in the population of Denmark. Dr. Gradus has been the recipient of multiple National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and foundation grant awards to conduct psychiatric epidemiologic research in both veterans and the general population. Dr. Gradus is a Board Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, a Scientific Advisor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and a standing study section member for the Health Services Research and Development Scientific Merit Review Board - Mental and Behavioral Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to contribute PTSD expertise to a report for the Social Security Administration. In 2023, she was named Director of the Boston University School of Public Health Center for Trauma and Mental Health.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Dr. Gradus consistently strives to fully incorporate DEIJ principles throughout her work. With regard to research, a large proportion of Dr. Gradus's work has been aimed at improving the health and well-being of United States veterans, a population in which the proportion of historically underrepresented groups is increasing. Some of the recent work that Dr. Gradus is the most proud of is a publication in Annual Review of Public Health, which was one of the first to show that while the United States suicide rate is decreasing overall in recent years, this is mostly due to decreases in the suicide rate among white Americans. The suicide rate has stayed stable or increased among all other racial and ethnic groups - information that is crucial to intervention and prevention efforts. With regard to teaching, in 2021 Dr. Gradus developed a new DEIJ-focused final project for her epidemiologic methods course (intermediate epidemiology) for which students have to review an article from the social epidemiology literature and think about the ways in which epidemiologic methods fall short on capturing and examining social constructs (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation). Students frequently remark that the session in which we discuss these projects, a session which is co-led with one of the department's social epidemiology course instructors, is the most informative and engaging session of the semester. Dr. Gradus is also the host of a BUSPH community-wide mental health research group meeting, which has focused on bringing in speakers from diverse backgrounds and speakers who demonstrate strong values around DEIJ in their research, including formally co-hosting a session with the Center for Anti racist Research. Finally, Dr. Gradus continues to participate in available racial literacy and DEIJ trainings offered by BUSPH and beyond, including being one of eight participants from the department of epidemiology in a year-long racial literacy boot camp that concluded in 2022.

Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Psychiatry


Director
Boston University School of Public Health
Center for Trauma & Mental Health


VA Boston Healthcare System




Identifying the longitudinal outcomes of suicide loss in a population-based cohort
09/06/2023 - 07/31/2027 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jaimie L. Gradus, DMSc, DSc, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
1R01MH133670-01

Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir for the Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
10/01/2022 - 09/15/2026 (Subcontract PI)
Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England, Inc. DOD ArmyMedResMatCmd


Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation
12/15/2021 - 11/30/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jaimie L. Gradus, DMSc, DSc, MPH
University of California, Los Angeles NIH NHLBI
5R01HL160850-03

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Anthony Rosellini
05/01/2023 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
VA Maryland Health Care System


Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jaimie Gradus
05/01/2023 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
VA Maryland Health Care System


Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Eleanor Murray
05/01/2023 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
VA Maryland Health Care System


Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data
05/01/2020 - 02/28/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Jaimie L. Gradus, DMSc, DSc, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5R01MH121397-04

Real World Effectiveness of Long-Acting Injectable versus Oral Naltrexone for Co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England, Inc. DOD ArmyMedResMatCmd


Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jaimie Gradus
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Integrating signals of suicide risk from DoD and VHA data to improve upon suicide risk prevention strategies for combat Veterans
09/01/2019 - 06/30/2024 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH
Regents of the University of Colorado, on behalf of The University of Colorado Denver NIH NIMH
5R01MH120122-04

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Constructing a Danish Reaction to Severe Stress Cohort
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Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae
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Risk Profiles for Suicidal Behavior in the General Population
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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2024 Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation 5R01HL160850-03
2023 Identifying the longitudinal outcomes of suicide loss in a population-based cohort 1R01MH133670-01
2023 Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation 5R01HL160850-02
2023 Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data 5R01MH121397-04
2022 Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation 1R01HL160850-01
2022 Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data 5R01MH121397-03
2021 Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data 5R01MH121397-02
2020 Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data 1R01MH121397-01
2020 Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae 5R01MH110453-04 3
2019 Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae 5R01MH110453-03 3
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  1. Willis MD, Campbell EJ, Selbe S, Koenig MR, Gradus JL, Nillni YI, Casey JA, Deziel NC, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. Residential Proximity to Oil and Gas Development and Mental Health in a North American Preconception Cohort Study: 2013-2023. Am J Public Health. 2024 Jul 11; e1-e12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38991173; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2024.307730;
     
  2. Reimer CJ, Willis MD, Wesselink AK, Hystad P, Campbell EJ, Hatch EE, Kirwa K, Gradus JL, Vinceti M, Wise LA, Jimenez MP. Exposure to Residential Greenness, Perceived Stress, and Depressive Symptoms in a North American Preconception Cohort. Environ Res. 2024 Jun 18; 119438.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38901815
     
  3. Jiang T, Nagy D, Rosellini AJ, Horváth-Puhó E, Keyes KM, Lash TL, Galea S, Sørensen HT, Gradus JL. Prediction of suicide attempts among persons with depression: a population-based case cohort study. Am J Epidemiol. 2024 Jun 03; 193(6):827-834.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38055633
     
  4. Laustsen LM, Ejlskov L, Chen D, Lasgaard M, Gradus JL, Østergaard SD, Grønkjær MS, Plana-Ripoll O. Interaction between mental disorders and social disconnectedness on mortality: a population-based cohort study. Br J Psychiatry. 2024 May 06; 1-8. PMID: 38708564
     
  5. Chen Y, Shen Q, Lichtenstein P, Gradus JL, Arnberg FK, Larsson H, D'Onofrio BM, Fang F, Song H, Valdimarsdottir UA. Incidence Trajectories of Psychiatric Disorders After Assault, Injury, and Bereavement. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024 Apr 01; 81(4):374-385. PMID: 38231519; PMCID: PMC10794980; DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.5156;
     
  6. Brown HL, Selbe SM, Flesaker M, Rosellini AJ, Maple M, Gradus JL, Cerel J. The impact of relationship type and closeness on mental health following suicide loss. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2024 Jun; 54(3):479-488.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38375945
     
  7. Smith ML, Gelaye B, Tsai AC, Gradus JL. Mediation of the association between depression and coronary heart disease by metabolic syndrome components. Ann Epidemiol. 2024 Apr; 92:1-7. PMID: 38341050
     
  8. Kofman YB, Selbe S, Szentkúti P, Horváth-Puhó E, Rosellini AJ, Lash TL, Schnurr PP, Sørensen HT, Galea S, Gradus JL, Sumner JA. Sex Differences in Psychopathology Following Potentially Traumatic Experiences. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e240201.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38386319; PMCID: PMC10884878; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.0201;
     
  9. Vandenbroucke JP, Sørensen HT, Rehkopf DH, Gradus JL, Mackenbach JP, Glymour MM, Galea S, Henderson VW. Report on the Joint Workshop on the Relations between Health Inequalities, Ageing and Multimorbidity, Iceland, May 3-4, 2023. Clin Epidemiol. 2024; 16:9-22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38259327; PMCID: PMC10801289; DOI: 10.2147/CLEP.S443152;
     
  10. Adams RS, Forster JE, Gradus JL, Hoffmire CA, Hostetter TA, Larson MJ, Smith AA, Walsh CG, Brenner LA. Divergent trends in accidental deaths since return from an Afghanistan/Iraq deployment among army soldiers. Ann Epidemiol. 2024 Mar; 91:23-29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38185289; PMCID: PMC10973698; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2024.01.002;
     
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Bar chart showing 141 publications over 18 distinct years, with a maximum of 22 publications in 2021 and 2022

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2020 American Journal of Epidemiology: Top 10 Article of the Year
2009 Society for Epidemiologic Research: Lilienfeld Student Prize

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