Lewina O. Lee, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Lewina Lee
150 S Huntington Avenue


Lewina O. Lee, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian 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 11/29/2023

    Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Lee LO, Guimond AJ, Chen R, James P, Koga HK, Lee HH, Okuzono SS, Grodstein F, Rich-Edwards J, Kubzansky LD. A long and resilient life: the role of coping strategies and variability in their use in lifespan among women. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2024 Jul; 37(4):473-486. PMID: 38031408.

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  • Published on 8/24/2023

    Atherton OE, Graham EK, Dorame AN, Horgan D, Luo J, Nevarez MD, Ferrie JP, Spiro A, Schulz MS, Waldinger RJ, Mroczek DK, Lee LO. Is there intergenerational continuity in early life experiences? Findings from the Harvard Study of Adult Development. J Fam Psychol. 2023 Dec; 37(8):1123-1136. PMID: 37616090.

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  • Published on 8/22/2023

    Vasterling JJ, Franz MR, Lee LO, Kaiser AP, Proctor SP, Marx BP, Schnurr PP, Ko J, Concato J, Aslan M. Early predictors of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder symptom trajectories in U.S. Army soldiers deployed to the Iraq war zone. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Oct; 36(5):955-967. PMID: 37608526.

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  • Published on 7/1/2023

    Vogt D, Kumar SA, Lee LO. PTSD Research Quarterly. Examining functioning and well-being outcomes in PTSD treatment outcome research. 2023; (34):1-9.

  • Published on 3/1/2023

    Lee LO, Chen R, Mendes WB, Kubzansky LD. Lifespan psychosocial stressors, optimism, and hemodynamic acute stress response in a national sample. Health Psychol. 2023 Mar; 42(3):172-181. PMID: 36862473.

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  • Published on 10/3/2022

    Wang C, DeMeo DL, Kim ES, Cardenas A, Fong KC, Lee LO, Spiro A, Whitsel EA, Horvath S, Hou L, Baccarelli AA, Li Y, Stewart JD, Manson JE, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD, Schwartz JD. Epigenome-Wide Analysis of DNA Methylation and Optimism in Women and Men. Psychosom Med. 2023 01 01; 85(1):89-97. PMID: 36201768.

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  • Published on 9/13/2022

    Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Chen R, Lee LO, Kubzansky LD. Are coping strategies and variability in their use associated with lifespan? J Psychosom Res. 2022 Nov; 162:111035. PMID: 36152346.

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  • Published on 8/11/2022

    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 Aug 11; 77(8):1373-1383. PMID: 35255123.

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  • Published on 6/8/2022

    Koga HK, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Lee LO, James P, Kroenke C, Garcia L, Shadyab AH, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Manson JE, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Optimism, lifestyle, and longevity in a racially diverse cohort of women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 10; 70(10):2793-2804. PMID: 35674052.

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  • Published on 2/14/2022

    Chiu C, Gnall K, Kaiser AP, Taft CT, Franz MR, Lee LO, Vasterling JJ. Neurocognitive Performance Predicts Future Partner Violence Among U.S. Iraq-and Afghanistan-deployed Army Soldiers and Veterans. Psychol Violence. 2022 May; 12(3):160-169. PMID: 38463935.

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