Alisa K. Lincoln

Associate Professor
  • Department of Health Sciences

Office: 500 Holmes
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:
Member of the BEST (Boston Emergency Services Team) Advisory Board (2003 -)
BEST provides publicly funded psychiatric emergency care for the Metro-Boston area.
Executive Board Member, Consumer Quality Initiatives (CQI), Boston, MA (2001 -)
Consumer Quality Initiatives, Inc. (CQI) is a mental health consumer-directed and staffed quality improvement and research organization based in Massachusetts. CQI’s mission is to give consumers a greater voice and an integral role in evaluating their treatment and to initiate changes based on data collected.
Board Member, Driscoll Extended Day Program, Brookline, MA (2005 -)
Driscoll Extended Day Program is a non-profit organization providing after school care for children in the Brookline Public Schools.

Manuscripts Currently Under Review
B. Heidi Ellis; Helen Z. Macdonald, Alisa Lincoln, Howard Cabral. The Association of Trauma, Immigration factors and Post-resettlement stressors with Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Somali adolescent Refugees. Currently under review Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Lincoln A, White A, Johnson P: A Re-Examination of Frequent Users of Psychiatric Emergency Services, currently under review in Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services and Mental Health Services Research.
Lincoln A: A Re-examination of Race and Involuntary Commitment: the changing meaning of social control. Currently revise and resubmit to, Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Lincoln A, Espejo D, Johnson P, et. al: “BMC ACCESS Project: the development and evaluation of an enhanced safe haven shelter�, currently revise and resubmit Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
Lincoln A, Delman J, Hagan M, et al: “The Boston Community-Academic Mental Health Partnership: Developing a Mechanism for Community-Based Participatory Mental Health Research�, currently under review Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
Smith MV, Lincoln A: “Emerging Concepts of Postpartum Depression in the Scientific and Medical Literature From 1960-2005�, currently revise and resubmit, Social Science and Medicine.
Lincoln A, Espejo D, Johnson P, Paasche-Orlow M, Webber T, Speckman J, White R: Limited Literacy and Psychiatric Disorders: An examination of literacy among users of an urban safety-net hospital behavioral health clinic, conditionally accepted, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Manuscripts In-Press and Published
Ellis BH, Keating MK, Yusuf S, Lincoln A and Nur A (2007): Ethical research in refugee communities and the use of community participatory methods. Transcultural Psychiatry. 44(3):490-512.
Piwowarczyk L, Keane T and Lincoln A: HUNGER: The Silent Epidemic Among Asylum Seekers and Resettled Refugees. In-press, Journal of International Immigration.
Lincoln A, Liebshutz J, Chernoff M, Nguyen D and Amaro H: “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 2006; 1:26.
Koenen K, Lincoln A, Appleton A (2006): Women’s status and child well-being: A state-level analysis. Social Science and Medicine 63:2999-3012.
Lincoln A, Paasche-Orlow M, Cheng D et al.: “The Impact of Health Literacy on Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health-related Quality of Life.� Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21:818-822, Aug. 2006.
Shanahan, C, Lincoln A, Horton N, Saitz R, Winter M, and Samet J: “Relationship of Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health to Repeat Detoxification�, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 29(2), 117-123, Sept. 2005.
Lincoln A (2006): “Psychiatric Emergency Room Decision-Making, Social Control, and the ‘Undeserving Sick’�. Sociology of Health and Illness. 28:1; 54-75.
Lincoln, A and Allen M: “The Influence of Collateral Informants on Psychiatric Emergency Service Disposition and Access to Inpatient Care.� International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 6: 93-101, 2002.
Fisher WH, Barreira PJ, Lincoln AK, Simon LJ, White AW, Roy-Bujnowski K, Sudders M. “Insurance Status and Length of Stay for Involuntarily Hospitalized Patients.� J. of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 28:(3): 334-346, 2001.
Fisher WH, Barreira PJ, Geller JL, White AW, Lincoln AK, Sudder M. “Long-stay patients in state psychiatric hospitals at the end of the 20th Century.� Psychiatric Services. 52:(8): 1051-1056, 2001.
Schwartz S, Lincoln A, Levav I: Is Menstrual Cycle a Confounder in Psychiatric Research? Psychological Medicine 1997; 27 (6): 1435-1441.
Allen MH, Lincoln A: Emergency Psychiatric Review: Police Involvement and PES Decision Making, Emergency Psychiatry, Fall, 1995;55.