Bruce G. Link, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Epidemiology
  • Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry)
Bruce G. Link, PhD

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.

Departments and Divisions

  • Department of Psychiatry
    Division of Social Psychiatry
  • Department of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Department of Epidemiology

Honors and Awards

Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching-Columbia University (2005) Elected to the Institute of Medicine (2002) Leonard Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions, American Sociological Association Mental Health Section (2002) Chair Medical Sociology-American Sociological Association (2001) RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award (1996) Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award Policy (1996) Chair Mental Health Section-American Sociological Association (1996) NARSAD Senior Investigator Award (1994)

NIH Grants

  • STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH A HIGH-RISK STATE FOR PSYCHOSIS (Federal Gov)

    May 22 2012 - Mar 31 2019

    REGIONAL NETWORK FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH IN LATIN AMERICA (SUSSER/GALEA/ALVARADO/ROJAS) (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2011 - Aug 31 2018

    A RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM IN PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 1972 - Jun 30 2017

    A RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM IN PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 1972 - Jun 30 2017

    STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH A HIGH-RISK STATE FOR PSYCHOSIS (Federal Gov)

    May 22 2012 - Mar 31 2017

    STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH A HIGH-RISK STATE FOR PSYCHOSIS (Federal Gov)

    May 22 2012 - Mar 31 2017

    A SCHOOL-BASED INTERVENTION TO REDUCE STIGMA AND PROMOTE MENTAL-HEALTH SERVICE USE (LINK/PAINTER) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2011 - May 31 2016

    COLUMBIA CENTER FOR THE HEALTH OF URBAN MINORITIES (Federal Gov)

    Feb 10 2003 - Jan 31 2016

    A US-UK COMPARISON OF DISCRIMINATION & DISPARITIES IN HEALTH & HEALTH SERVICE USE (Federal Gov)

    Aug 15 2009 - Jun 30 2015

    THE IMPLICATIONS OF AUTISM GENETIC RESEARCH AND AUTISM-RELATED SOCIAL STIGMA (Private)

    Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2015

    A LIFECOURSE APPROACH TO EMERGING HEALTH DISPARITIES IN A US BIRTH COHORT (LINK/COHN) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 29 2008 - Aug 31 2014

    A DATASET FOR THE STUDY OF THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH (Federal Gov)

    Sep 28 2009 - Jul 31 2012

    COLUMBIA CENTER FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION (Federal Gov)

    Sep 15 2005 - Sep 14 2011

    COLUMBIA CENTER FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION (Federal Gov)

    Sep 15 2005 - Sep 14 2011

    COLUMBIA CENTER FOR HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION STUDIES (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2005 - Jun 30 2011

    EMERGENCE OF DISPARITIES IN US MORTALITY: A FOCUS ON PREVENT ION AND TREATMENT (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2007 - Sep 29 2010

    GENETICS AND STIGMA: THE ROLE OF MASS MEDIA (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2006 - Aug 31 2010

    MENTAL-ILLNESS STIGMA AND STATUS PROCESSES IN INTERPERSONAL INTERACTIONS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 7 2007 - Aug 31 2010

    STIGMA AND PSYCHOSIS: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY (Federal Gov)

    Apr 1 2006 - Mar 31 2010