Jaimie L. Gradus, DMSc, DSc, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology

Jaimie Gradus


Jaimie L. Gradus is a Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She received her BA in psychology from Stony Brook University, her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics and DSc in epidemiology at Boston University and her DMSc at Aarhus University. Dr. Gradus’s research interests are in the epidemiology of trauma and trauma-related disorders, with a particular focus on suicide outcomes. She was the winner of the 2009 Lilienfeld Student Prize from the Society for Epidemiologic Research for her paper on the association between PTSD and death from suicide in the population of Denmark. Dr. Gradus has been the recipient of multiple National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and foundation grant awards to conduct psychiatric epidemiologic research in both veterans and the general population. Dr. Gradus is a Board Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, a Scientific Advisor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and a standing study section member for the Health Services Research and Development Scientific Merit Review Board – Mental and Behavioral Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to contribute PTSD expertise to a report for the Social Security Administration. In 2023, she was named Director of the Boston University School of Public Health Center for Trauma and Mental Health.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Trauma & Mental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Stony Brook University, BA


  • Published on 10/10/2023

    Gradus JL, Galea S. Moving From Traumatic Events to Traumatic Experiences in the Study of Traumatic Psychopathology. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Oct 10; 192(10):1609-1612. PMID: 37218615.

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  • Published on 9/26/2023

    Sayer NA, Nelson DB, Gradus JL, Sripada RK, Murdoch M, Teo AR, Orazem RJ, Cerel J. The Effects of Suicide Exposure on Mental Health Outcomes Among Post-9/11 Veterans: Protocol for an Explanatory, Sequential, Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2023 Sep 26; 12:e51324. PMID: 37751271.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Elser H, Horváth-Puhó E, Gradus JL, Smith ML, Lash TL, Glymour MM, Sørensen HT, Henderson VW. Association of Early-, Middle-, and Late-Life Depression With Incident Dementia in a Danish Cohort. JAMA Neurol. 2023 Sep 01; 80(9):949-958. PMID: 37486689.

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  • Published on 8/2/2023

    Gradus JL, Smith ML, Szentkúti P, Rosellini AJ, Horváth-Puhó E, Lash TL, Galea S, Schnurr PP, Sumner JA, Sørensen HT. Antihypertensive Medications and PTSD Incidence in a Trauma Cohort. J Clin Psychiatry. 2023 Aug 02; 84(5). PMID: 37530605.

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  • Published on 7/12/2023

    Hasin DS, Wall MM, Alschuler D, Mannes ZL, Malte C, Olfson M, Keyes KM, Gradus JL, Cerdá M, Maynard CC, Keyhani S, Martins SS, Fink DS, Livne O, McDowell Y, Sherman S, Saxon AJ. Chronic Pain, Cannabis Legalization and Cannabis Use Disorder in Veterans Health Administration Patients, 2005 to 2019. medRxiv. 2023 Jul 12. PMID: 37503049.

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  • Published on 7/7/2023

    Fink DS, Malte C, Cerdá M, Mannes ZL, Livne O, Martins SS, Keyhani S, Olfson M, McDowell Y, Gradus JL, Wall MM, Sherman S, Maynard CC, Saxon AJ, Hasin DS. Trends in Cannabis-positive Urine Toxicology Test Results: US Veterans Health Administration Emergency Department Patients, 2008 to 2019. J Addict Med. 2023 Jul 07. PMID: 37418654.

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  • Published on 7/3/2023

    Brenner LA, Forster JE, Gradus JL, Hostetter TA, Hoffmire CA, Walsh CG, Larson MJ, Stearns-Yoder KA, Adams RS. Associations of Military-Related Traumatic Brain Injury With New-Onset Mental Health Conditions and Suicide Risk. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Jul 03; 6(7):e2326296. PMID: 37523186.

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  • Published on 6/22/2023

    Shiner B, Park JA, Rozema L, Hoyt JE, Watts BV, Gradus JL. Safety of Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir for hepatitis C in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder: A post-marketing surveillance study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023; 84:268-270. PMID: 37380536.

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  • Published on 5/8/2023

    Mannes ZL, Malte CA, Olfson M, Wall MM, Keyes KM, Martins SS, Cerdá M, Gradus JL, Saxon AJ, Keyhani S, Maynard C, Livne O, Fink DS, Gutkind S, Hasin DS. Increasing risk of cannabis use disorder among U.S. veterans with chronic pain: 2005-2019. Pain. 2023 Sep 01; 164(9):2093-2103. PMID: 37159542.

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  • Published on 5/5/2023

    Karstoft KI, Eskelund K, Gradus JL, Andersen SB, Nissen LR. Early prediction of mental health problems following military deployment: Integrating pre- and post-deployment factors in neural network models. J Psychiatr Res. 2023 Jul; 163:109-117. PMID: 37209616.

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