|Penn State University, PhD
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 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.
In 1993, Dr. Spiro began collaborating with researchers at the VA HSR&D Center of Excellence at the Bedford VA Medical Center, known as 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, and was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in 2004. In 2001, he was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at BU’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and in 2010 Associate Professor of Psychiatry at BU School of Medicine. In 2008, he received a Research Career Scientist award from the Clinical Science R&D Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2011, Dr. Spiro was promoted to Research Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry.
Dr. Spiro has been funded by NIH and VA. Currently, he is PI of a VA grant studying cognition and health, 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) developing a lifespan approach to health, and (d) studying mental disorders and their impact on health and functioning.