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Joseph A. Boscarino, PhD, MPH

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


Center for Health Research
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-9622
Fax: 570-214-9451


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


Epidemiology, Behavioral Health, Genetics, Pharmacogenetics, Neurosciences


Epidemiology; Behavioral Medicine; Behavior Genetics; Anxiety/Mood Disorders; Addictions; Psychometrics; Survey Research; Disasters; Veterans Health


Dr. Boscarino is an epidemiologist and social psychologist who is currently conducting research in the areas of chronic liver disease epidemiology, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, and behavioral genetics. He was recently funded by NIH to develop the next generation of PTSD prediction tools and is currently using these with genetic data to identify new PTSD interventions. In 2015, he is was awarded a US Department of Defense (DoD) grant to investigate the health consequences of warzone deployment among current veterans. Dr. Boscarino is also a PI for the Naloxone Outcome Study funded by private industry and the site PI for the Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS), funded by the CDC Foundation. He is also currently the site PI for the Addiction Research Network (ARN) funded by NIDA and site the PI for the Chronic Opioid Pilot Study, funded by the FDA. Dr. Boscarino holds appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Pediatrics and Internal Medicine) and at Temple University (Psychiatry). In 2004, he was awarded a Lifetime Membership in Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for his PTSD work. In 2009, he was elected to Fellow Status by the American Psychological Association and in 2010 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. He is a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, American College of Epidemiology, and is Senior Editor for the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. In 2011, he was appointed to committee membership on the National Academy of Sciences' SHAD-II Study, which is studying the long-term health 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.


Boscarino JA, Adams RE. (2015). Assessing Community Reactions to Ebola Virus Disease and Other Disasters: Using Social Psychological Research to Enhance Public Health and Disaster Communications.. Int J Emerg Ment Health , 17(1):234-238.   

Boscarino JA, , Hoffman SN, Han JJ. (2015). Opioid-use disorder among patients on long-term opioid therapy: impact of final DSM-5 diagnostic criteria on prevalence and correlates.. Subst Abuse Rehabil , 6: 83-91.   

Stewart WF, Yan X, Boscarino JA, , Maeng DD, Mardekian J, Sanchez RJ, Von Korff MR. (2015, Aug). Patterns of health care utilization for low back pain.. J Pain Res , 8:523-535.   

David RL, Gallagher MA, Asgari MM, Eide MJ, Margolis DJ, Macy E, Burmester JK, Selvam N,Boscarino JA, , Cromwell LF, Feigelson HS, Kuntz JL, Pawloski PA, Penfold RB, Raebel MA, Sridhar G, Wu A, La Grenade LA, Pacanowski MA, Pinheiro SP. (2015, July). Identification of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in electronic health record databases.. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf , 24(7):684-692.   

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.   

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