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Joseph Boscarino
Senior Scientist
Professor (Adjunct) 
Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 
Temple University School of Medicine 

Associate Professor (Adjunct) 
Depts. of Medicine & Pediatrics, 
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dept. of Epidemiology & Health Services Research
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822 
Phone: 570-214-9622
Fax: 570-214-9451

Research Interests

Dr. Boscarino is an epidemiologist and social psychologist with a broad biomedical research portfolio who is conducting research related to liver disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, and behavioral genetics. Recently, his team was the first to report the cholinergic receptor, nicotinic, alpha 5 (CHRNA5), which encodes components of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, is associated with not only nicotine addiction but also with PTSD. In late 2015, he was awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) grant to investigate the long-term health consequences of warzone deployments among Vietnam, Gulf War, and Global War on Terror (GWT) veterans. Dr. Boscarino is also the site PI for the Teenage Substance Abuse Study funded by the Hilton Foundation and site PI for the Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study-II (CHeCS-II), funded by the CDC. He is also site PI for a chronic hepatitis C study examining the impact of non-interferon direct-acting anti-viral (DAA) drugs on treatment outcomes, funded by Gilead Sciences and site PI for the Liver Fibrosis Study funded by Intercept Pharmaceuticals. He is also the site PI for the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) funded by NIDA and site PI for a Phase-IV post-marketing study of opioid misuse funded by the FDA. Dr. Boscarino holds appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and Temple University (Psychiatry). In 2009, he was elected to Fellow Status by the American Psychological Association (APA) and in 2010 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Traumatic Stress. In addition to APA, he is also a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, American College of Epidemiology, and is an Editor for the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. From 2011-2016, he served as a committee member on the National Academy of Sciences' SHAD-II Study, which investigated the long-term impact of chemical and biological weapons exposure among US military personnel during the cold war. In 2014, he was nominated for the Charles Shepard Science Award by the CDC for his chronic hepatitis research. Currently, his research team is investigating the genetics of PTSD and suicide among both veterans and nonveterans.

Veterans Health Study Resources

  • Conceptualization of PTSD from the Vietnam War to Current Conflicts and Beyond Download
  • Understanding the Neurobiology of Fear Conditioning and Emergence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychobiology Download
  • The Impact of Repression, Hostility, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on All-Cause Mortality Download
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cardiovascular Disease Link: Time to Identify Specific Pathways and Interventions Download
  • Mental Health Experiences and Needs Among Primary Care Providers Treating OEF/OIF Veterans Download
  • Higher FKBP5, COMT, CHRNA5, and CRHRI allele burdens are associated with PTSD and interact with trauma exposure Download
  • Mental Health Disorders and Treatment Seeking Among Veterans in Non-VA Facilities Download
  • The New York PTSD risk score assessment of psychological trauma Download
  • A Twin Study of the Association Between PTSD Symptoms and Rheumatoid Arthritis Download
  • Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Infection Among Vietnam Era Veterans Versus Nonveterans Download
  • PTSD is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease: Time for increased screening and clinical intervention Download
  • Psychobiologic Predictors of Disease Mortality After Psychological Trauma Download
  • External-cause mortality after psychologic trauma: the effects of stress exposure and predisposition Download
  • Consistent Association Between Mixed Lateral Preference and PTSD Download
  • A Prospective Study of PTSD and Early-Age Heart Disease Mortality Among Vietnam Veterans Download
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mortality Among US Army Veterans 30 Years After Military Service Download
  • Vietnam Veterans, Postwar Experiences and Health Outcomes Download
  • Grapheme-Color Synesthesia and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Download
  • Assessing Health Outcomes Among Veterans of Project SHAD Download
  • Prospective Study of Posttruamatic Stress Disorder and Disease Activity Outcomes in US Veterans with Rheumatoid Arthritis Download
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Exposure to Combat, and Lower Plasma Cortisol Among Vietnam Veterans: Findings and Clinical Implications Download
  • Electrocardiogram Abnormalities Among Men with Stress-Related Psychiatric Disorders: Implications for Coronary Heart Disease and Clinical Research Download
  • Social Support, Help-Seeking, and Mental Health Outcomes Among Veterans in Non-VA Facilities: Results from the Veterans' Health Study Download
  • PBS War Stories Interview Watch

Recent Publications

  • Boscarino JA, , Kirchner HL, Pitcavage JM, Nadipelli VR, Ronquest NA, Fitzpatrick MH, Han JJ. (2016, Sept). Factors associated with opioid overdose: a 10-year retrospective study of patients in a large integrated health care system.. Subst Abuse Rehabil , 7: 131-141. Full Text
  • Lu M, Li J, Rupp LB, Holmberg SD, Moorman AC, Spradling PR, Teshale EH, Zhou Y, Boscarino JA, Schmidt MA, Lamerato LE, Trinacty C, Trudeau S, Gordon SC; CHeCS Investigators.. (2016, Sept). Hepatitis C treatment failure is associated with increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.. J Viral Hepat , 9: 718-729. Full Text
  • Boscarino JA ,Hoffman SN, Pitcavage JM, Urosevich TG. (2015). Mental Health Disorders and Treatment Seeking Among Veterans in Non-VA Facilities: Results and Implications from the Veterans' Health Study.. Mil Behav Health , 3(4):244-254. Full Text
  • Boscarino JA, Lu M, Moorman AC, Gordon SC, Rupp LB, Spradling PR, Teshale EH, Schmidt MA, Vijayadeva V, Holmberg SD. (2015, Mar). Predictors of poor mental and physical health status among patients with chronic hepatitis C infection: The chronic hepatitis cohort study (CHeCS). Hepatology , 61(3):802-11. Full Text
  • Boscarino JA, , Hoffman SN, Adams RE, Figley CR, Solhkhah R. (2014). Mental health outcomes among vulnerable residents after Hurricane Sandy: implications for disaster research and planning.. Am J Disaster Med , 9(2):107-120. Full Text


Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Criminology, New York University, 1974-1975
Ph.D., Social Psychology, New York University, 1974-1977
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Psychiatry, West Haven VAMC & Yale University, 1977-1979
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 1992-1993
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology, University of California, San Francisco, 1992-1995