Dr. Bruce Link is a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute, in addition to his responsibilities at the Mailman School. Dr. Link's interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology. He has written on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. Currently he is conducting research aimed at understanding health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, the consequences of social stigma for people with mental illnesses, and the connection between mental illnesses and violent behaviors. He is the director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, the director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention and a director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University.
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health
Senior Advisor, Obesity Prevention Initiative
Member, Insitute of Medicine
American Public health Association
American Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
National Adivsory Committee RWJ Health Policy Investigators
Honors & Awards
RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award 1996
Pearlin Career Award in the Sociology of Mental Health 2002
Institute of Medicine 2002
Areas of Expertise
Research Design and Methods, Stress, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Homelessness, Social / Cultural Issues, Social Epidemiology, Stigma, Violence, Mental Health
Select Urban Health Activities
Community Outcomes of Assisted Outpatient Treatment: New York State's "Kendra's Law" is a provision that court orders individuals with severe mental illness to outpatient psychiatric treatment. This research project examines the long term outcomes of people from the Bronx and Queens who are assigned to this program.