Jaimie Gradus

Jaimie L. Gradus, DSc, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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

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


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Stony Brook University, BA Field of Study: Psychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP813
  • SPHEP911
  • SPHEP912


  • Published on 4/1/2024

    Chen Y, Shen Q, Lichtenstein P, Gradus JL, Arnberg FK, Larsson H, D'Onofrio BM, Fang F, Song H, Valdimarsdottir UA. Incidence Trajectories of Psychiatric Disorders After Assault, Injury, and Bereavement. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024 Apr 01; 81(4):374-385. PMID: 38231519.

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  • Published on 2/20/2024

    Brown HL, Selbe SM, Flesaker M, Rosellini AJ, Maple M, Gradus JL, Cerel J. The impact of relationship type and closeness on mental health following suicide loss. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2024 Feb 20. PMID: 38375945.

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  • Published on 2/9/2024

    Smith ML, Gelaye B, Tsai AC, Gradus JL. Mediation of the association between depression and coronary heart disease by metabolic syndrome components. Ann Epidemiol. 2024 Apr; 92:1-7. PMID: 38341050.

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  • Published on 2/5/2024

    Kofman YB, Selbe S, Szentkúti P, Horváth-Puhó E, Rosellini AJ, Lash TL, Schnurr PP, Sørensen HT, Galea S, Gradus JL, Sumner JA. Sex Differences in Psychopathology Following Potentially Traumatic Experiences. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Feb 05; 7(2):e240201. PMID: 38386319.

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  • Published on 1/16/2024

    Vandenbroucke JP, Sørensen HT, Rehkopf DH, Gradus JL, Mackenbach JP, Glymour MM, Galea S, Henderson VW. Report on the Joint Workshop on the Relations between Health Inequalities, Ageing and Multimorbidity, Iceland, May 3-4, 2023. Clin Epidemiol. 2024; 16:9-22. PMID: 38259327.

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  • Published on 1/5/2024

    Adams RS, Forster JE, Gradus JL, Hoffmire CA, Hostetter TA, Larson MJ, Smith AA, Walsh CG, Brenner LA. Divergent trends in accidental deaths since return from an Afghanistan/Iraq deployment among army soldiers. Ann Epidemiol. 2024 Mar; 91:23-29. PMID: 38185289.

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  • Published on 12/5/2023

    Jiang T, Nagy D, Rosellini AJ, Horváth-Puhó E, Keyes KM, Lash TL, Galea S, Sørensen HT, Gradus JL. Prediction of Suicide Attempts Among Persons with Depression: A Population-Based Case Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Dec 05. PMID: 38055633.

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  • Published on 11/29/2023

    Livne O, Malte CA, Olfson M, Wall MM, Keyes KM, Maynard C, Gradus JL, Saxon AJ, Martins SS, Keyhani S, McDowell Y, Fink DS, Mannes ZL, Gutkind S, Hasin DS. Trends in Prevalence of Cannabis Use Disorder Among U.S. Veterans With and Without Psychiatric Disorders Between 2005 and 2019. Am J Psychiatry. 2024 Feb 01; 181(2):144-152. PMID: 38018141.

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  • Published on 10/11/2023

    Hasin DS, Wall MM, Alschuler DM, 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 legalisation, and cannabis use disorder among patients in the US Veterans Health Administration system, 2005 to 2019: a repeated, cross-sectional study. Lancet Psychiatry. 2023 Nov; 10(11):877-886. PMID: 37837985.

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  • 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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