Lewina O. Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Lewina Lee
150 S Huntington Avenue


Lewina O. Lee, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Psychologist-Clinical Investigator at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. She received her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology–Aging) from the University of Southern California. She completed a Clinical Psychology internship at VA Palo Alto and a postdoctoral fellowship in Epidemiology at Boston University and VA Boston. Her research examines the role of psychosocial stress exposure – particularly early adversity – on lifespan health, and mechanisms which transmit the effects of stress on health, while adopting a lifespan developmental perspective. A related line of her research considers positive psychosocial factors which confer resilience against the effects of psychosocial stress exposure on health. She co-directs the Boston Early Adversity and Mortality Study (BEAMS), which aims to create a cradle-to-grave dataset to enable research on lifespan processes linking childhood experiences to later-life health. She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the National Institute on Aging, including a predoctoral NRSA (F31) fellowship, a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08), and an RF-1 award.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • University of Southern California, PhD
  • University of Southern California, MA
  • University of Southern California, BA


  • Published on 3/7/2022

    Lee LO, Grodstein F, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, James P, Okuzono SS, Koga HK, Schwartz J, Spiro A, Mroczek DK, Kubzansky LD. Optimism, Daily Stressors, and Emotional Well-Being Over Two Decades in a Cohort of Aging Men. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2022 Mar 07. PMID: 35255123.

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  • Published on 1/24/2022

    Lee LO, Grimm KJ, Spiro A, Kubzansky LD. Neuroticism, Worry, and Cardiometabolic Risk Trajectories: Findings From a 40-Year Study of Men. J Am Heart Assoc. 2022 02; 11(3):e022006. PMID: 35072514.

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  • Published on 8/18/2021

    Guimond, A-J., Kubzansky, L.D., & Lee, L.O. In R. Schwartz, J.A. Hall, & L.G. Osterberg (Eds.), Emotion in the Clinical Encounter. Emotion and illness. McGraw Hill. New York. 2021; 51-81.

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  • Published on 12/2/2020

    Lindert J, Lee LO, Weisskopf MG, McKee M, Sehner S, Spiro A. Threats to Belonging-Stressful Life Events and Mental Health Symptoms in Aging Men-A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Front Psychiatry. 2020; 11:575979. PMID: 33424657.

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  • Published on 11/10/2020

    Yang MS, Quach L, Lee LO, Spiro A, Burr JA. Subjective well-being among male veterans in later life: the enduring effects of early life adversity. Aging Ment Health. 2022 01; 26(1):107-115. PMID: 33170037.

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  • Published on 8/17/2020

    Franz MR, Kaiser AP, Phillips RJ, Lee LO, Lawrence AE, Taft CT, Vasterling JJ. Associations of warzone veteran mental health with partner mental health and family functioning: Family Foundations Study. Depress Anxiety. 2020 11; 37(11):1068-1078. PMID: 32805764.

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  • Published on 6/2/2020

    LaMotte AD, Pless Kaiser A, Lee LO, Supelana C, Taft CT, Vasterling JJ. Factors Influencing Family Environment Reporting Concordance Among U.S. War Zone Veterans and Their Partners. Assessment. 2021 07; 28(5):1459-1470. PMID: 32486907.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Lee DJ, Lee LO, Bovin MJ, Moshier SJ, Dutra SJ, Kleiman SE, Rosen RC, Vasterling JJ, Keane TM, Marx BP. The 20-year course of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among veterans. J Abnorm Psychol. 2020 Aug; 129(6):658-669. PMID: 32478530.

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  • Published on 12/1/2019

    Lee, L. O. PTSD Research Quarterly. PTSD and Aging. 2019; 30(4):1-15.

  • Published on 9/16/2019

    Lee LO, Aldwin CM, Kubzansky LD, Mroczek DK, Spiro A. The long arm of childhood experiences on longevity: Testing midlife vulnerability and resilience pathways. Psychol Aging. 2019 Nov; 34(7):884-899. PMID: 31524422.

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