National Institute of Mental Health
James Jackson Memorial Award Lecture

July 27, 2022

12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. ET


The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) James Jackson Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding researcher who has demonstrated exceptional individual achievement and leadership in mental health disparities research and excellence in mentorship, influence, and support of trainees.

This award and lecture are named in honor of the late Dr. James Jackson, who was the Daniel Katz Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jackson’s research on race, ethnicity, racism, health, and mental health has had far-reaching impacts on the fields of disparities research and minority mental health. Of particular significance, he authored the National Survey of Black Americans and the National Survey of American Life, which changed the way the field examined and understood Black life and mental health in the United States.

This is the 2nd year for the NIMH James Jackson Award and lecture. This 2-hour interactive webinar will feature the award winner’s research lecture, remarks from NIMH Senior Leadership (Director/Deputy Director), remarks from the Disparities Team, audience Q&A session, remarks from the previous year’s winner, and remarks from Dr. Jackson’s family.  

About the awardee

Karen D. Lincoln, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., FGSA
Associate Professor
University of Southern California

Dr. Karen D. Lincoln is a social worker and sociologist with expertise in societal and social determinants of health and well-being among Black Americans. As a social scientist, she focuses on the social, psychosocial, and public health factors related to mental health disparities. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. As a researcher, Dr. Lincoln grapples with issues that are locally, regionally, and nationally meaningful to achieve health equity within a generation. The primary objective of her research agenda involves contributing to theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge on Black American health and well-being across the lifespan. She is particularly interested in investigating the psychosocial, behavioral, and biological mechanisms whereby societal and social determinants impact well-being among adults and older adults. Findings from her work can inform interventions spanning multiple ecological levels that are relevant to clinical practice, including improving clinical and community-based care for persons with mental health disorders, chronic health conditions, and cognitive impairment. Dr. Lincoln has published over 79 articles and book chapters in the areas of social stress, aging and health disparities, and is an active public scholar and aging advocate, with op-eds in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets focused on long-term care and policies to support poor seniors. She has been PI or Co-I on NIH-funded grants that have investigated several issues around health disparities among underserved populations. Dr. Lincoln is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Hartford Faculty Scholar, an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging. Dr. Lincoln was ranked third among the most influential African American social work scholars in the United States and was recently named among the Top 2% of scientists worldwide by Elsevier and Stanford University. Dr. Lincoln is an honors graduate from UC Berkeley where she received a BA in Sociology with a minor in African American studies and a graduate from the University of Michigan where she earned a MSW, a MA in Sociology and a PhD in Social Work and Sociology.

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About the Moderator

Collene Lawhorn, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of AIDS Research, NIMH

Dr. Collene Lawhorn is the Chair of the 2022 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) James Jackson Memorial Award Committee. She is a Program Officer in the NIMH Division of AIDS research and leads the Communication, Dissemination, and Engagement HIV Research Program and the National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium. She also serves as the Co-Lead for the NIMH Global Mental Health Team and sits on the steering committee of the NIMH Antiracism Task Force. Collene obtained her undergraduate degree in Professional and Technical Communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her master’s degree in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University on HIV-related health disparities, and on mouse models of addictive disease.