Lawrence PalinkasLawrence Palinkas

Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health in the School of Social Work at USC. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. His primary areas of expertise are preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine and health services research. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior. His research has included studies of psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses mental health services, immigrant health and global health. Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's External Advisory Council; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.