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Bruce G. Link, Ph.D.

Bruce G. Link, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Health & Society Scholars Program
Director, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program
Professor, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Bruce Link, a sociologist, 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. With Jo Phelan, he has advanced the theory of social conditions as fundamental causes of disease. 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.

Education & Training
 Columbia University, MS, 1982
 Columbia University, PhD, 1980
 Earlham College, BA, 1971

Epidemiology of Mental Disorders Research Department, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health
Center for Violence Research and Prevention

Contact Information

Columbia University
722 West 168th Street, room 1609
New York , NY 10032
USA Phone
work: 212-305-4547
fax: 212-305-0271
Email : bgl1@columbia.edu

Other Websites:

Selected Published Works

Cao, Liqun, Francis T. Cullen, Bruce G. Link. "The Social Determinants of Gun Ownership: Self Protection in an Urban Environment." Criminology 35:629-657.

Link, Bruce and Jo Phelan. “Stigma and its Public Health Implications” Lancet 367: 528-529. 2006

Miech, Richard A; Kumanyika, Shiriki K; Stettler, Nicolas; Link, Bruce G; Phelan, Jo C; Chang, Virginia W. Trends in the Association of Poverty With Overweight Among US Adolescents, 1971-2004. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association. 295: 2385-2

Abraido-Lanza AF. White K. Armbrister AN. Link BG. Health status, activity limitations, and disability in work and housework among Latinos and non-Latinos with arthritis: an analysis of national data. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 55:442-50. 2006

Anglin, Deidre, Bruce Link, Jo Phelan. “Racial Differences in Stigmatizing Attitudes about People with Mental Illness: Extending the Literature.” Psychiatric Services 57:857-862. 2006

Stueve A. Dash K. O'Donnell L. Tehranifar P. Wilson-Simmons R. Slaby RG. Link BG. Rethinking the bystander role in school violence prevention. Health Promotion Practice. 7:117-24. 2006


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