Alisa K. Lincoln

Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), Professor College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) and Bouve College
  • College of Science
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 314 INV
Phone: 617-373-3485

Education: MPH, PhD

Research: public health, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, health and social disparities, literacy, community-based participatory action research

Public Service:
Chair-Elect, Mental Health Section, American Sociological Association (2017-)

Elected Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2015-)

Elected Fellow, American Psychopathological Association (2015-)

Member, Social and Behavioral Sciences Forum, Association of Schools of Public Health (2015-)

Member, Community Advisory Board, PCORI Project, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Cambridge Health Alliance (2014-)

Expert Advisory Panel, Spotlight on Mental Health, Boston University School of Public Health (2014-2016)

Expert Advisory Panel Member, Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Health Mapping Project (2008-2009)

Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Urban Mental Health Research, Boston Medical Center (2008-2011)

Scientific Advisory Committee to the New York State Office of Mental Health, Center for the Study of Recovery in Context (2007-2012)

Member, American Public Health Association, Mental Health Section (2000-)

Member, American Sociological Association, Sections on Sociology of Mental Illness and Medical Sociology (1997-)

Student Representative to the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (1997-1998)

Massachusetts Women and Substance Abuse Task Force Member, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (1998-1992)

Manuscripts Currently Under Review

Ellis, B. H., Lincoln, A. K., Abdi, S. M., Nimmons, E. A., Lakin, P. R., Issa, O., & Decker, S. H. “We All Have Stories”: Black Muslim Immigrants’ Experience with the Police. Current under review Justice Quarterly.

Manuscripts In-Press and Published

  1. Lincoln, A., *Adams, W., *Eyllon, M., *Garverich, S., Prener, C., Griffith, J., Paasche-Orlow, M., Hopper, K. (in-press). The Double-Stigma of Limited Literacy and Mental Illness: examining barriers to recovery and participation among public mental health service users. Society and Mental Health.
  2. Cook, L., Zuvekas, S.H., Chen, J., Progavac, A., Lincoln, A.K. (in-press) Assessing the Individual, Neighborhood, and Policy Predictors of Disparities in Mental Health Care. Medical Care Research and Review.
  3. Lincoln, K., Wallace, L.*, Kaminski, M.S.*, Lindeman, K., Aulier, L., Delman, J. (2016). Understanding The Frequent Use Of Psychiatric Emergency Services: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. Community Mental Health Journal. 52 (8), 1015-1021.
  4. Ellis,B. Abdi, S., Lazarevic, V., White, M.T., Lincoln, A.K., Stern, J., Horgan, J.G. (2016). Relation of Psychosocial Factors to Diverse Behaviors and Attitudes Among Somali Refugees. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 86(4), 2016, 393-408.
  5. *Weine, R., Kim, S.N., and Lincoln, A.K. (2015). Understanding Lay Assessments Of Alcohol Use Disorder: Need For Treatment and Associated Stigma. Alcohol And Alcoholism. DOI:
  6. Lincoln, K., Lazarevic, V., White, M.T., Ellis, H.B. (2015). The Impact Of Cultural Identity And Acculturative Hassles On The Mental Health Of Somali Adolescent Refugees, Journal Of Immigrant And Minority Health, 1-8.
  7. * Prener,, Lincoln, A.K. (2015). “Whose Job Is It, Anyway?”: Examining Urban Emergency Medical Services and “Psych Calls”. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 85(6), 612-619.
  8. Ellis,B., Abdi, S.M., Miller, A.B., White, M.T., and Lincoln, A.K. (2015). Protective Factors For Violence Perpetration In Somali Youth: The Role Of Community Belonging And Neighborhood Cohesion. Psychology Of Violence. 5 (4), 384.
  9. Lincoln, K., Arford, T.*, Doran, M*., Hopper, K., Guyer, M. (2015). Brief Report: A Preliminary Examination Of The Meaning And Impact Of Limited Literacy In The Lives Of People With Serious Mental Illness. Journal Of Community Psychology. Vol. 43, No. 3, 315–320.
  10. Lincoln, K., Borg, R., Delman, J. (2014). Developing A Community Based Participatory Research Model To Engage Transition Age Youth Using Mental Health Service In Research. Family And Community Health. 38:1, 87-97.
  11. Schmidt,M., Lincoln, A., Nguyen, Q.C., Acevedo-Garcia, D., Osypuk, T.L. (2014). Examining Mediators Of Housing Mobility On Adolescent Asthma: Results From A Housing Voucher Experiment. Social Science & Medicine. 107, 136-144.
  12. Lincoln, K., *Arford, T., *Prener, C., Garverich, S., Koenen, K. (2013). The Need For Trauma-Sensitive Language Use In Literacy And Health Literacy Screening Instruments. Journal Of Health Communication. 18 Suppl 1:15-9.
  13. Todorova, Tucker, K., Pescador Jimenez, M., Lincoln, A.K., Arevalo, S., and Falcón, L. (2013) Determinants Of Self-Rated Health And The Role Of Acculturation: Implications For Health Inequalities. Ethnicity And Health. 18 (6), 563-585.
  14. Osypuk, , Tchetgen, E., Acevedo-Garcia, D., Earls, F., Lincoln, A.K., Schmidt, N., Glymour. M. (2012). “Differential Mental Health Effects Of Neighborhood Relocation Among Youth In Vulnerable Families: Results From A Randomized Trial.” Archives Of General Psychiatry. 2012; 69(12): 1284-1294.
  15. *Gradus,, Qin, P., Lincoln, A.K., Miller, M., Lawler, E., Sorenson, H.T., Lash, T. (2012). Sexual Victimization And Completed Suicide Among Danish Female Adults. Violence Against Women. 18(5), 552-561.
  16. *Smith, , Lincoln, A.K. (2012). Social Capital Across The Life Course: An Application To Maternal And Child Mental Health. American Journal Of Public Health. Volume: 101, Issue: 6, Pages: 990-999.
  17. Lincoln, K., *Shepherd, A., Johnson, P.L., & Castaneda-Sceppa, C. (2011). Resistance Training Improves Depression And Health Related Quality Of Life Among Hispanic Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes. Journal Of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 66b (5): 567-570.
  18. *Woolley,B., Fredman, L., Goeth, J.W., Lincoln, A.K., Heeren, T. (2010) Hospital Patients’ Perceptions During Treatment and Early Discontinuation Of Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants. Journal Of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 30:6;716-719.
  1. *Gradus,, Qin, P., Lincoln, A.K., Miller, M., Lawler, E., Sorenson, H.T., Lash, T. (2010) Inflammatory Bowel Disease And Completed Suicide In Danish Adults. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 16:12; 2158-2161.
  2. .*Gradus,, Qin, P., Lincoln, A.K., Miller, M., Lawler, E., Sorenson, H.T., Lash, T. (2010). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Completed Suicide In The Adult Population Of Denmark. American Journal Of Epidemiology. 171(6). 721-727.
  3. *Gradus,, Qin, P., Lincoln, A.K., Miller, M., Lawler, E., Sorenson, H.T., Lash, T. (2010). Adjustment Disorder and Completed Suicide. Clinical Epidemiology. 2: 23-28.
  4. *Gradus,, Qin, P., Lincoln, A.K., Miller, M., Lawler, E., Sorenson, H.T., Lash, T. (2010). Acute Stress Reaction And Completed Suicide. International Journal Of Epidemiology. 1-7.
  5. Todorova, , Tucker, K., Price, L., Lincoln, A.K., & Falcon, L.M. (2010) Perceived Discrimination, Psychological Distress and Health, Sociology Of Health And Illness. 32:6; 843-861.
  6. Ellis,, *Macdonald, H., Klunk-Gillis, J., Lincoln, A.K., Strunin, L., & Cabral, H. (2010). Experiences Of Discrimination Among Somali Youth In The Us: The Role Of Acculturation and Gender. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry. 80:4; 564-575.
  7. Ellis,, Lincoln, A.K., *Charney, M., *Ford-Paz, R., Benson, M., & Strunin, L. (2010). Mental Health Service Utilization Of Somali Adolescents: Religion, Community, and School As Gateways To Healing. Transcultural Psychiatry. 47:5; 789-811.
  8. Lincoln, K., White, A., *Aldsworth, C., Johnson, P., & Strunin, L. (2010). Observing The Work Of An Urban Safety-Net Psychiatric Emergency Room: Managing The Unmanageable. Sociology Of Health And Illness. 32(3): 437-451.
  9. Dorfman,, Trokel, M., Lincoln, A.K., & Mehta, S. (2010). Increased Prevalence Of Behavioral Risks Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women With Psychological Distress In The Emergency Department. Pediatric Emergency Care. 26:2; 93-98.
  10. Lincoln, K., *Plachta-Elliot, S., *Espejo, D. (2009). Coming In, Staying In: Qualitative Interviews With Chronically Homeless, Dually-Diagnosed, Residents Of A Safe Haven Shelter. American Journal Of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 79(2), Apr 2009, 236-243.
  11. Lincoln, K., *Espejo, D., Johnson, P., Plachta-Elliott, S., Lester, P., Shanahan, C., Abbott, S., Cabral, H., Jamanka, A., Delman, J., Kenny, P. (2009). BMC Access Project: The Development Of An Enhanced Safe Haven Shelter. Journal Of Behavioral Health Services And Research. 36:478-491.
  12. *Woolley,, Fredman, L., Goethe, J., Lincoln, A.K., & Heeren, T. (2008). Headache Complaints And The Risk Of Suicidal Thoughts Or Behaviors In Community Dwelling Adults: Results From The ECA Study. Journal Of Nervous And Mental Disease. 196:11; 822-828.
  13. Lincoln, K., *Espejo, D., Johnson, P., Paasche-Orlow, M., *Webber, T., Speckman, J., & White, R. (2008). Limited Literacy and Psychiatric Disorders: An Examination Of Literacy Among Users Of An Urban Safety-Net Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic. Journal Of Nervous and Mental Disease. 96(9).
  14. Ellis, ,*Macdonald, H. Z., Lincoln, A.K., & Cabral, H. (2008). The Association Of Trauma, Immigration Factors and Post-Resettlement Stressors With Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms In Somali Adolescent Refugees. Journal Of Clinical And Consulting Psychology,. 76(2), 184-193.
  15. Piwowarczyk, , Keane, T., & Lincoln, A.K. (2008). Hunger: The Silent Epidemic Among Asylum Seekers and Resettled Refugees. International Migration. 46(1), 59-77.
  16. Ellis,H., *Keating, M.K., Yusuf, S., Lincoln, A.K., & Nur, A. (2007). Ethical Research In Refugee Communities and The Use Of Community Participatory Methods. Transcultural Psychiatry. 44(3), 459-481.
  17. Lincoln, K., Liebshutz, J., Chernoff, M., Nguyen, D., & Amaro, H. (2006). The Development and Validation Of A Brief Screen For Co-Occurring Disorder Among Women Entering Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal Of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment And Policy. 1(26).
  18. Koenen,, Lincoln, A.K., & *Appleton, A. (2006). Women’s Status and Child Well- Being: A State-Level Analysis. Social Science and Medicine. 63, 2999-3012.
  19. Lincoln, K., Paasche-Orlow, M., Cheng, D. Et Al. (2006). The Impact Of Health Literacy On Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health-Related Quality Of Life. Journal Of General Internal Medicine. 21, 818-822.
  20. Lincoln, K. (2006). Psychiatric Emergency Room Decision-Making, Social Control, and The ‘Undeserving Sick’. Sociology Of Health And Illness. 28 (1), 54-75.
  21. Shanahan,, Lincoln, A.K., Horton, N., Saitz, R., Winter, M., & Samet, J. (2005). Relationship Of Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health To Repeat Detoxification. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment. 29(2), 117-123.
  22. Lincoln, , & Allen, M. (2002). The Influence Of Collateral Informants On Psychiatric Emergency Service Disposition and Access To Inpatient Care. International Journal Of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 6, 93-101.
  23. Fisher, H., Barreira, P.J., Lincoln, A.K., Simon, L.J., White, A.W., Roy-Bujnowski, K., & Sudders, M. (2001). Insurance Status and Length Of Stay For Involuntarily Hospitalized Patients. Journal Of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 28(3), 334- 346.
  24. Fisher, H., Barreira, P.J., Geller, J.L., White, A.W., Lincoln, A.K., & Sudder, M. (2001). Long-Stay Patients In State Psychiatric Hospitals At The End Of The 20th Century. Psychiatric Services. 52(8), 1051-1056.
  25. Schwartz,, Lincoln, A., & Levav, I. (1997). Is Menstrual Cycle A Confounder In Psychiatric Research? Psychological Medicine. 27(6), 1435-1441.
  26. Allen,H., Lincoln, A. (1995). Emergency Psychiatric Review: Police Involvement and PES Decision Making, Emergency Psychiatry. Fall; 55.