Bruce Link

Dr. Bruce Link is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, University of California Riverside and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.  Dr. Link received his Ph.D. (Sociology) and Masters (Biostatistics) from Columbia University. Awards include the Leonard Pearlin Award for career achievement from the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association, the Leo G. Reeder Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Rema Lapouse Award from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association.  He was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Link’s interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology as they bear on policy issues. 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. He currently conducts research on the life course origins of health inequalities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, consequences of social stigma for life chances among people who are subject to stigma, and evaluating intervention efforts aimed at reducing mental illness stigma in children attending middle school.