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2022 NIMH James S. Jackson Memorial Award Lecture: Dr. Karen D. Lincoln “The Making of a Black Mental Health Scholar: From Humble Beginnings to the Top Two Percent”


July 27, 2022




The winner of the 2022 James S. Jackson Memorial Award, Karen D. Lincoln, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., discussed her research and the life experiences that shaped her prolific career in disparities research and advocacy.


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About Dr. Karen Lincoln

Dr. Karen D. Lincoln

Dr. Lincoln is an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC), senior scientist at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, director of the USC Hartford Academic Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, and founder and chair of the USC Advocates for African American Elders. She is also a social worker and sociologist with expertise in social determinants of health and well-being among Black Americans. Her research focuses broadly on the social, psychosocial, behavioral, biological, and public health factors related to mental health disparities across the lifespan, and she has served as the principal investigator on several NIH-funded and non-federal grants exploring these issues.

About the NIMH James S. Jackson Memorial Award

Established in 2021, the NIMH James S. Jackson Memorial Award honors outstanding researchers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and leadership in mental health disparities research and excellence in mentorship, influence, and support of trainees.

This award and lecture are named in honor of the late Dr. James S. Jackson, who was the Daniel Katz Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jackson’s research on race, ethnicity, racism, health, and mental health has had far-reaching impacts on the fields of disparities research and minority mental health. Of particular significance, he authored the National Survey of Black Americans and the National Survey of American Life, which changed the way the field examined and understood Black life and mental health in the United States.

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The NIMH Disparities Team and the NIMH Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity