Dr. Jennifer Lincoln has three decades of occupational safety and health experience focusing on the prevention of traumatic injuries among workers in high-risk industries. She is best known for her work in the commercial fishing industry.
In 2007, she created the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program, and in 2015 she established the NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, which, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, has led to a substantial decline in commercial fishing deaths in the United States. Throughout her career, Dr. Lincoln has brought energy, vision and commitment to ensure investments in science and outreach pay off with evidence-based research findings and evaluated interventions.
Dr. Lincoln grew up in rural Indiana and after a 28-year career in Alaska with the US Public Health Service, she and her husband moved back to settle on their 80-acre farm. In 2020, she returned to NIOSH to lead the Office of Agriculture Safety and Health. Dr. Lincoln served on the CDCs COVID-19 response as a part of the Worker Safety and Health Team and Essential Worker Team, drafting and reviewing a variety of guidance products to protect workers from COVID-19 infection. In 2022, the Journal of Agromedicine recognized Dr. Lincoln as a “Leader in the Field” for her contributions in occupational safety and health research as well as her leadership and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Dr. Lincoln is a Certified Safety Professional. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene) from Indiana State University, a Master of Science in Environmental Quality Science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a PhD in Health Policy and Management with an emphasis on Occupational Injury Control from Johns Hopkins University.