I am pleased to announce the appointment of Alisa Lincoln, MPH, PhD as the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP), effective immediately.
Dr. Lincoln, who serves as an interdisciplinary Professor in Department of Sociology and Anthropology in CSSH and Department of Health Sciences in Bouvé, has served as Associate Director of the IUHRP and has led the institute’s efforts in behavioral health research, focusing on public mental health, for the past eight years. She also served as Interim Director of the institute in 2012.
Under Dr. Lincoln’s leadership, the IUHRP will continue to serve as the intellectual home for interdisciplinary urban health research, catalyze faculty productivity in research across disciplines, and provide student research training opportunities while heightening the visibility of health research at the university. The IUHRP remains a critical node at Northeastern, as we examine health, equity, inclusion and resilience in our nation’s cities and globally. Members of the institute will continue to support the design of innovative approaches to research and create solutions to some of our most entrenched urban public health problems.
Dr. Lincoln brings her energy and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work to her leadership of the institute. She has a stellar track record of building research teams and public-academic partnerships that have resulted in her producing more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in highly-ranked forums in public health, psychiatry, mental health services, and sociology. With 16 years of continuous federal research funding, including grants from NIMH, NIJ, DoD, and SAMHSA, we anticipate further growth of the institute and expansion of its reach and impact.
Dr. Lincoln’s research examines the way that social factors, particularly those associated with social exclusion and marginalization, contribute to and are consequences of poor mental health. She has led the way in developing novel approaches to engaging community members, stakeholders, and service-users in the research process. Finally, she is strongly committed to including diverse students, at all levels, in her work. Her current teams include undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students from multiple programs across colleges.
Dr. Lincoln will build on the many successes of previous IUHRP directors, including the highly accomplished founding director Dr. Hortensia Amaro and, more recently, Prof. John Auerbach, who brought strong leadership to the institute relative to public health and related policy development. We are also grateful to Dr. Beth Molnar who very capably and generously served as Interim Director over the past year. We are fortunate that she will remain in the institute as an Associate Director.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lincoln and wishing her success in this new role.
John R. Reynolds, Pharm.D.
Interim Dean, Bouvé College of Health Sciences