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Dr. Karen Bullock

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Professor & Department Head, Interim BSW Program Director


Karen Bullock, Ph.D. is Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, her Master’s degree in Social Work, from Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina State. She is Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Bullock has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, with interests and expertise in health care disparities and end-of-life care issues.  Dr. Bullock is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and serves on several national boards and committee, including AGE-SW, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the American Cancer Society Oncology Social Work Research Peer Review Committee, and the NASW Mental Health Section Committee, Chair. Currently, Dr. Bullock's research is focused on cancer care and social support for older adults with non-curable illnesses. Dr. Bullock has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and training in gerontology, mental health, and care at end of life. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on the topics. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and has previously held appointments at the Institute of Living - Hartford Hospital, the University of Connecticut, Salem State College, Smith College, and UNC-Wilmington.