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 11/10/2020

    Yang, M. S., Quach, L., Lee, L. O., Spiro III, A., & Burr, J. A. (in press). Subjective well-being among male Veterans in later life: The enduring effects of early life adversity. Aging and Mental Health. 2020.

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  • Published on 8/17/2020

    Franz, M. R., Kaiser, A. P., Phillips, R., Lee, L. O., Lawrence, A., Taft, C. T., Vasterling, J. J. . Associations of warzone veteran mental health with partner mental health and family functioning: Family Foundations Study. Depression and Anxiety. 2020.

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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, D. J., Lee, L. O., Bovin, M. J., Moshier, S. J., Dutra, S. J., Kleiman, S. E., Rosen, R. C., Vasterling, J. J., Keane, T. M., & Marx, B. P. (in press). The 20-year course of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among veterans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 2020.

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  • Published on 1/15/2020

    Lee LO. PTSD Research Quarterly. PTSD and Aging. 2020; (30):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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Published on 3/2/2019

    Duggan, E. C., Piccinin, A. M., Clouston, S., Koval, A. V., Robitalle, A., Zammit, A. R., Wu, C., Brown, C. L., Lee, L. O., Finkel, D., Beasley, W. H., Kaye, J., Muniz Terrera, G., Katz, M., Lipton, R. B., Deeg, D., Bennett, D. A., Praetorius Björk, M., Johansson, B., Spiro III, A., Weuve, J., & Hofer, S. M. (in press). A multi-study coordinated meta-analysis of pulmonary function and cognition in aging. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Medical Sciences. 2019.

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  • Published on 2/26/2019

    Lee LO, Rouse S, & Mlinac MM. Home-based assessment and treatment of OCD symptoms to reduce unnecessary emergency room usage in an older adult. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2019; 33(1):82-94.

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