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Avron Spiro, PhD


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Avron Spiro, PhD

Portrait of Avron Spiro, PhD

Affiliated Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Public Health, Research Professor of Epidemiology
  • Boston University School of Medicine, Research Professor of Psychiatry
  • Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research


  • The Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies, PhD, 1982
  • Emory University, Psychology, BA, 1973

Expertise and Interests

  • Long-term effects of military service on health and well-being
  • Trauma and PTSD in aging Veterans
  • Design, conduct, and analysis of longitudinal studies

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association (Fellow)
  • Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)
  • Psychometric Society
  • Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research

Awards and Honors

  • Research Career Scientist Award, VA CSR&D, 2008 - 2013
  • Adolph Kammer Merit in Authorship Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2005

Selected Publications

Cook, J. M., Kaloupek, D., & Spiro, A. III. (in press) Trauma in older adults. In T.M. Keane, P. A. Resick, & M. J. Friedman (Eds.), Handbook of PTSD: Science and practice - A comprehensive handbook (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Spiro, A. III & Settersten, R.A. Jr. (Editors), (2012). Military service in the life course: Implications for later-life health and well-being. Research in Human Development, 9(3). doi: 10.1080/15427609.2012.705551

Osei-Bonsu, P.E., Spiro, A. III, Schultz, M.R., Ryabchenko, K.A., Smith, E., Herz, L., & Eisen, S.V. (2012). Is DSM-IV Criterion A2 associated with PTSD diagnosis and symptom severity? Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 368-75. doi: 10.1002/jts.21720

Schnurr, P. P., Spiro, A. III, Vielhauer, M. J., Findler, M., & Hamblen, J.L. (2002). Trauma in the lives of older men: Findings from the Normative Aging Study. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 8, 175-87. doi: 10.1023/A:1015992110544

Spiro, A. III, Schnurr, P.P., & Aldwin, C.M. (1997). A life-span perspective on the effects of military service. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30, 91-128.

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