Karen Lincoln, MSW, MA, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Social Work, Dept. of Adult Mental Health and Wellness
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSocial Work
AddressATT 1400
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0411
Phone+1 213 740 5733
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    University of Southern California School of Social Work Commencement 2011Grand Marshal
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families 2008Principal Investigator
    National Institute of Mental Health, African American Mental Health Research Scientist2006Scholar
    Gerontological Society of America2014Fellow

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    Dr. Lincoln is an Associate Professor in the USC School of Social Work, Director of the USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, Associate Director at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute, on Aging and Founder and Chair of Advocates for African American Elders at the University of Southern California.

    Dr. Lincoln is an honors graduate from UC Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in African American studies and a graduate from the University of Michigan where she earned a MSW, a M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology.

    Dr. Lincoln has published over 50 articles and book chapters in the areas of stress, aging and mental health disparities. She has been published in The New York Times and has contributed to articles published in The Washington Post, US News & World Report, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News and is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Lincoln has received more than $2 million in grant funding to support her research which focuses on improving clinical and community-based treatment of African Americans with mental health disorders and chronic health conditions. She also contributes to a blog where she fuses social commentary with her vast knowledge of health and mental health of African American communities; posing questions such as “Is Being Black Bad for Your Health?,” disseminating information about how the Affordable Care Act will impact African Americans, and sharing her inspiration for a “Healthy Black America.”

    Dr. Lincoln is an Elder Advocate who's main objectives are to end senior poverty, increase long-term care options for poor seniors, and improve the quality and coordination of health care and social services to poor seniors of color.

    Dr. Lincoln is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Hartford Faculty Scholar. In 2014, Dr. Lincoln was ranked third among the most influential African American social work scholars in the United States.

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    Risk and Protective Factors for Depression Among Racial Groups
    NIH/NIMH R01MH084963Sep 15, 2009 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Racial Differences in Social Relations and Depression
    NIH/NIMH K01MH069923Jan 1, 2004 - Dec 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH/NIA R03AG018965Sep 30, 2000 - Apr 30, 2002
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Nguyen AW, Chatters LM, Taylor RJ, Aranda MP, Lincoln KD, Thomas CS. Discrimination, Serious Psychological Distress, and Church-Based Emotional Support Among African American Men Across the Life Span. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Jan 11; 73(2):198-207. PMID: 29106656.
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    2. Lincoln KD. Social stress, obesity, and depression among women: clarifying the role of physical activity. Ethn Health. 2017 Jul 01; 1-17. PMID: 28669235.
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    3. Lincoln KD, Lloyd DA, Nguyen AW. Social Relationships and Salivary Telomere Length Among Middle-Aged and Older African American and White Adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2017 May 09. PMID: 28486613.
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    4. Himle JA, Taylor RJ, Nguyen AW, Williams MT, Lincoln KD, Taylor HO, Chatters LM. Family and Friendship Networks and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Among African Americans and Black Caribbeans. Behav Ther (N Y N Y). 2017 Mar; 40(3):99-105. PMID: 28321149.
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    5. Taylor RJ, Chatters LM, Lincoln K, Woodward AT. Church-Based Exchanges of Informal Social Support among African Americans. Race Soc Probl. 2017 Mar; 9(1):53-62. PMID: 28286581.
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    6. Nguyen AW, Taylor RJ, Chatters LM, Taylor HO, Lincoln KD, Mitchell UA. Extended family and friendship support and suicidality among African Americans. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017 03; 52(3):299-309. PMID: 27838732.
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    7. Chae DH, Epel ES, Nuru-Jeter AM, Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Thomas SB. Discrimination, mental health, and leukocyte telomere length among African American men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Jan; 63:10-6. PMID: 26398001.
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    8. Taylor RJ, Forysthe-Brown I, Lincoln KD, Chatters LM. Extended Family Support Networks of Caribbean Black Adults in the United States. J Fam Issues. 2017 Mar; 38(4):522-546. PMID: 28239222.
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    9. Taylor RJ, Chae DH, Lincoln KD, Chatters LM. Extended family and friendship support networks are both protective and risk factors for major depressive disorder and depressive symptoms among African-Americans and black Caribbeans. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2015 Feb; 203(2):132-40. PMID: 25594791; PMCID: PMC4310769.
    10. Lincoln KD, Abdou CM, Lloyd D. Race and socioeconomic differences in obesity and depression among Black and non-Hispanic White Americans. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1):257-75. PMID: 24509025; PMCID: PMC4830390.
    11. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Chatters LM. Correlates of Emotional Support and Negative Interaction Among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks. J Fam Issues. 2013 Sep; 34(9):1262-1290. PMID: 26617426.
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    12. Taylor RJ, Chae DH, Chatters LM, Lincoln KD, Brown E. DSM-IV 12-month and lifetime major depressive disorder and romantic relationships among African Americans. J Affect Disord. 2012 Dec 15; 142(1-3):339-42. PMID: 22840463; PMCID: PMC3483365.
    13. Chae DH, Lee S, Lincoln KD, Ihara ES. Discrimination, family relationships, and major depression among Asian Americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Jun; 14(3):361-70. PMID: 22083344; PMCID: PMC3501208.
    14. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Chatters LM, Joe S. Suicide, negative interaction and emotional support among black Americans. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Dec; 47(12):1947-58. PMID: 22534818.
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    15. Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter AM, Lincoln KD, Jacob Arriola KR. Racial discrimination, mood disorders, and cardiovascular disease among black americans. Ann Epidemiol. 2012 Feb; 22(2):104-11. PMID: 22104740; PMCID: PMC3253956.
    16. Aranda MP, Chae DH, Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Woodward AT, Chatters LM. Demographic correlates of DSM-IV major depressive disorder among older African Americans, Black Caribbeans, and non-Hispanic Whites: results from the National Survey of American Life. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Sep; 27(9):940-7. PMID: 22038674; PMCID: PMC3418432.
    17. Woodward AT, Taylor RJ, Bullard KM, Aranda MP, Lincoln KD, Chatters LM. Prevalence of lifetime DSM-IV affective disorders among older African Americans, Black Caribbeans, Latinos, Asians and non-Hispanic White people. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 27(8):816-27. PMID: 21987438; PMCID: PMC3391316.
    18. Chae DH, Lincoln KD, Jackson JS. Discrimination, attribution, and racial group identification: implications for psychological distress among Black Americans in the National Survey of American Life (2001-2003). Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2011 Oct; 81(4):498-506. PMID: 21977935.
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    19. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Watkins DC, Chatters LM. Correlates of Psychological Distress and Major Depressive Disorder Among African American Men. Res Soc Work Pract. 2011 May; 21(3):278-288. PMID: 21666885.
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    20. Lincoln KD, Chae DH. Emotional support, negative interaction and major depressive disorder among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks: findings from the National Survey of American Life. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Mar; 47(3):361-72. PMID: 21293846.
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    21. Chatters LM, Taylor RJ, Lincoln KD, Nguyen A, Joe S. Church-based social support and suicidality among African Americans and Black Caribbeans. Arch Suicide Res. 2011; 15(4):337-53. PMID: 22023642.
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    22. Chae DH, Lincoln KD, Adler NE, Syme SL. Do experiences of racial discrimination predict cardiovascular disease among African American men? The moderating role of internalized negative racial group attitudes. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Sep; 71(6):1182-8. PMID: 20659782; PMCID: PMC2922401.
    23. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Bullard KM, Chatters LM, Woodward AT, Himle JA, Jackson JS. Emotional support, negative interaction and DSM IV lifetime disorders among older African Americans: findings from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL). Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Jun; 25(6):612-21. PMID: 20157904; PMCID: PMC2955427.
    24. Lincoln KD, Takeuchi DT. Variation in the trajectories of depressive symptoms: results from the Americans' Changing Lives Study. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2010; 56(1):24-41. PMID: 20589986; PMCID: PMC2998763.
    25. Keith VM, Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Jackson JS. Discriminatory Experiences and Depressive Symptoms among African American Women: Do Skin Tone and Mastery Matter? Sex Roles. 2010 Jan 01; 62(1-2):48-59. PMID: 21151821.
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    26. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Chae DH, Chatters LM. Demographic Correlates of Psychological Well-Being and Distress Among Older African Americans and Caribbean Black Adults. Best Pract Ment Health. 2010 Jan; 6(1):103-126. PMID: 21765812.
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    27. Lincoln KD. Personality, Negative Interactions, and Mental Health. Soc Serv Rev. 2008 Jun 01; 82(2):223-251. PMID: 21151733.
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    28. Chatters LM, Taylor RJ, Jackson JS, Lincoln KD. Religious Coping Among African Americans, Caribbean Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites. J Community Psychol. 2008 Apr; 36(3):371-386. PMID: 21048887.
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    29. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Jackson JS. Romantic Relationships Among Unmarried African Americans and Caribbean Blacks: Findings From the National Survey of American Life. Fam Relat. 2008 Apr 01; 57(2):254-266. PMID: 21151832.
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    30. Bryant CM, Taylor RJ, Lincoln KD, Chatters LM, Jackson JS. Marital Satisfaction Among African Americans and Black Caribbeans: Findings From the National Survey of American Life. Fam Relat. 2008 Apr 01; 57(2):239-253. PMID: 21151891.
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    31. Lincoln KD. Financial Strain, Negative Interactions, and Mastery: Pathways to Mental Health Among Older African Americans. J Black Psychol. 2007 Nov; 33(4):439-462. PMID: 21152353.
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    32. Lincoln KD, Chatters LM, Taylor RJ, Jackson JS. Profiles of depressive symptoms among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jul; 65(2):200-13. PMID: 17449157; PMCID: PMC2025697.
    33. Lincoln KD, Chatters LM, Taylor RJ. Social Support, Traumatic Events, and Depressive Symptoms Among African Americans. J Marriage Fam. 2005 Aug; 67(3):754-766. PMID: 16429592.
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    34. Lincoln KD, Chatters LM, Taylor RJ. Psychological distress among black and white Americans: differential effects of social support, negative interaction and personal control. J Health Soc Behav. 2003 Sep; 44(3):390-407. PMID: 14582315; PMCID: PMC2998998.
    35. Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Chatters LM. Correlates of emotional support and negative interaction among older Black Americans. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2003 Jul; 58(4):S225-33. PMID: 12878656; PMCID: PMC2998990.
    36. Lincoln KD. Social Support, Negative Social Interactions, and Psychological Well-Being. Soc Serv Rev. 2000 Jun 01; 74(2):231-252. PMID: 26594064.
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