Bruce Link

Bruce Link

Bruce Link

Special Lecturer
Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences


722 West 168th Street, Room 1609
New York NY 10032


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.



MS, 1982, Columbia University
PhD, 1980, Columbia Univeristy
BA, 1971, Earlham College

Mailman Affiliations

Co-Director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health
Senior Advisor, Obesity Prevention Initiative

Editorial Boards

Social Psychology Quarterly
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills

Other Affiliations

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.

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