Karen D. Lincoln received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, a M.A. in Sociology, a MSW and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Lincoln is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and the Associate Director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Karen D. Lincoln,

Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A.

​Dr. Lincoln has more than 15 years of experience designing and conducting research and technical assistance projects for nonprofits, government agencies and major universities. Trained as a sociologist and social worker, Dr. Lincoln’s experience cuts across a wide range of service areas including human services, mental health, health, families, and aging. She also has strong technical skills in social science research methods, program evaluation, data management and statistical analysis.


As a researcher, Dr. Lincoln grapples with issues that are locally, nationally and internationally meaningful.  Her research lies in improving clinical and community-based treatment of persons with mental health disorders and chronic health conditions and is supported by a number of different agencies within the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Mental Health. 


Dr. Lincoln is strongly committed to participatory evaluation practices and culturally competent research methods. Her focus is on developing appropriate research and capacity-building solutions that distill complex information for strategic decision-making.