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.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- University of Southern California, PhD
- University of Southern California, MA
- University of Southern California, BA
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Jan; 26(1):107-115. PMID: 33170037.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Published on 8/26/2019
Lee LO, James P, Zevon ES, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Spiro A, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 09 10; 116(37):18357-18362. PMID: 31451635.
- Published on 7/18/2019
Kim ES, Fong K, Lee L, Spiro A, Schwartz J, Whitsel E, Horvath S, Wang C, Hou L, Baccarelli AA, Li Y, Stewart J, Manson JE, Grodstein F, DeMeo DL, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is not associated with two indicators of DNA methylation aging. Aging (Albany NY). 2019 07 18; 11(14):4970-4989. PMID: 31322503.
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