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

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers



Jaimie L. Gradus is an Associate Professor Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. 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.

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.

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Psychiatry


VA Boston Healthcare System




Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation
12/15/2021 - 11/30/2025 (Subcontract PI)
University of California, Los Angeles NIH NHLBI
1R01HL160850-01

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


Identification of Novel Agents to Treat PTSD using Clinical Data
05/01/2020 - 02/29/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5R01MH121397-03

Integrating signals of suicide risk from DoD and VHA data to improve upon suicide risk prevention strategies for combat Veterans
09/01/2019 - 06/30/2023 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Regents of the University of Colorado, on behalf of The University of Colorado Denver NIH NIMH
5R01MH120122-04

Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae
08/07/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5R01MH110453-04

Risk Profiles for Suicidal Behavior in the General Population
07/15/2016 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5R01MH109507-04

Personnel Agreement for the Research Services of Jaimie Gradus
10/01/2012 - 09/30/2014 (Subcontract PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. Am Fdn Suicide Prev


Constructing a Danish Reaction to Severe Stress Cohort
04/01/2012 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5R21MH094551-02



Title
Constructing a Danish Reaction to Severe Stress Cohort
(PI)

Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae
(PI)

Risk Profiles for Suicidal Behavior in the General Population
(PI)



Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Identifying Cardiotoxic Manifestations of Posttraumatic Psychopathology: A Population-based Longitudinal Investigation 5R01HL160850-02
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
2019 Risk Profiles for Suicidal Behavior in the General Population 5R01MH109507-04 1
2018 Characterizing Trauma Outcomes: From Pre-trauma Risk to Post-trauma Sequelae 5R01MH110453-02 3
2018 Risk Profiles for Suicidal Behavior in the General Population 5R01MH109507-03 1
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  1. Gradus JL, Rosellini AJ, Szentkúti P, Horváth-Puhó E, Smith ML, Galatzer-Levy I, Lash TL, Galea S, Schnurr PP, Sørensen HT. Pre-trauma predictors of severe psychiatric comorbidity 5 years following traumatic experiences. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Oct 13; 51(5):1593-1603.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35179599; PMCID: PMC9799210; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyac030;
     
  2. Shiner B, Huybrechts K, Gui J, Rozema L, Forehand J, Watts BV, Jiang T, Hoyt JE, Esteves J, Schnurr PP, Ray K, Gradus JL. Comparative Effectiveness of Direct-Acting Antivirals for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans Affairs Patients With Hepatitis C Virus Infection. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Aug 22; 191(9):1614-1625.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35689641
     
  3. Gradus JL, Galea S. Reconsidering the definition of trauma. Lancet Psychiatry. 2022 08; 9(8):608-609.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35843252
     
  4. Hasin DS, Saxon AJ, Malte C, Olfson M, Keyes KM, Gradus JL, Cerdá M, Maynard CC, Keyhani S, Martins SS, Fink DS, Livne O, Mannes Z, Wall MM. Trends in Cannabis Use Disorder Diagnoses in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, 2005-2019. Am J Psychiatry. 2022 Oct; 179(10):748-757. PMID: 35899381; PMCID: PMC9529770; DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.22010034;
     
  5. Sampson L, Cabral HJ, Rosellini AJ, Gradus JL, Cohen GH, Fink DS, King AP, Liberzon I, Galea S. Stressful life events and trajectories of depression symptoms in a U.S. military cohort. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 30; 12(1):11026.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35773360; PMCID: PMC9246834; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-14496-0;
     
  6. Collin LJ, MacLehose RF, Ahern TP, Gradus JL, Getahun D, Silverberg MJ, Goodman M, Lash TL. Sampling Validation Data to Achieve a Planned Precision of the Bias-Adjusted Estimate of Effect. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jun 27; 191(7):1290-1299. PMID: 35136909
     
  7. Borowski S, Rosellini AJ, Street AE, Gradus JL, Vogt D. The First Year After Military Service: Predictors of U.S. Veterans' Suicidal Ideation. Am J Prev Med. 2022 Aug; 63(2):233-241.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35527173
     
  8. Nori-Sarma A, Sun S, Sun Y, Spangler KR, Oblath R, Galea S, Gradus JL, Wellenius GA. Association Between Ambient Heat and Risk of Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health Among US Adults, 2010 to 2019. JAMA Psychiatry. 2022 Apr 01; 79(4):341-349.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35195664; PMCID: PMC8867392; DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.4369;
     
  9. Zelkowitz RL, Archibald EA, Gradus JL, Street AE. Postdeployment mental health concerns and family functioning in veteran men and women. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35311338
     
  10. Zelkowitz RL, Jiang T, Horváth-Puhó E, Street AE, Lash TL, Sørensen HT, Rosellini AJ, Gradus JL. Predictors of nonfatal suicide attempts within 30 days of discharge from psychiatric hospitalization: Sex-specific models developed using population-based registries. J Affect Disord. 2022 Jun 01; 306:260-268.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35304235; PMCID: PMC9062818; DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.03.034;
     
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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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