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Karen D. Lincoln is a social worker and sociologist with expertise in social determinants of health disparities. Her research focuses on improving the health and well-being outcomes for Black Americans, older adults and minoritized persons by investigating the psychosocial, behavioral, and biological mechanisms that link social determinants to health and well-being.   

Prof. Lincoln has published over 80 articles and book chapters in the areas of social stress, aging and health disparities, and is an active public scholar and aging advocate, with op-eds in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets focused on long-term care and policies to support poor seniors.

She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Hartford Faculty Scholar, an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging. She was ranked third among the most influential African American social work scholars in the United States and was named among the Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide by Elsevier and Stanford University in 2022. 

Twitter handle: @KarenDLincoln