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Dr. Avron Spiro

Senior Research Career Scientist,
VA Boston Healthcare System

Contact Details

VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston, MA

Dr. Avron Spiro


Senior Research Career Scientist,
VA Boston Healthcare System

Bio

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. In 1998, the VA funded the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC), which incorporated the NAS/DLS.  Since 2011, Dr. Spiro has been Research Professor of Epidemiology and of Psychiatry at BU Schools of Public Health and Medicine. In 2013, he received a Senior Research Career Scientist award from the Clinical Science R&D Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs,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.

Education

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
PhD, 1982
Human Development and Family Studies
1975 To 1982

Job History

Boston University School of Public Health
Research Professor
Boston, MA, United States
January 2011 - present

Boston University School of Medicine
Research Professor
Boston, MA, United States
January 2011 - present

US Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston VA Healthcare System
Senior Research Career Scientist
Boston, MA, United States
July 1988 - present

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cognition
  • Developmental Changes
  • Disease Epidemiology
  • Government: Federal Government
  • Personality
  • Research: Research Methods
  • Veterans

Discipline

  • Psychology