As a dedicated Injury Epidemiologist, Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and Interim Deputy Director for the new NIOSH Western States Division, Dr. Lincoln is known for having created the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program. She continually strives to provide the scientific information to develop tailored risk-reduction interventions for high-risk work, specifically in the prevention of traumatic injuries among workers in the commercial fishing industry. The Western States Division conducts safety and health research in a variety of high-risk industries including commercial fishing, aviation, wildland firefighting, and oil and gas.
Lincoln is the recipient of several awards for outstanding contributions to research to improve commercial fishing safety. Her efforts, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, have led to a substantial decline in commercial fishing deaths, identified in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), as one of the “Ten Greatest Public Health Achievements” of the last decade.
Lincoln also delivers guidance as a member of the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee. She has provided supervision for fellows and graduate students looking for solid on-the-ground experiences.
Through her affiliate appointment, Dr. Lincoln hopes to continue to provide mentorship and direction to prospective students in order to advance the fields of traumatic injury prevention and occupational safety. Carly Miller, MD MPH at the University of Washington, spent a month last summer studying under Dr. Lincoln. “Working with Jennifer provided me a fantastic example of an injury epidemiologist - she is remarkably effective in her work and has enacted meaningful changes while working for the safety and health of commercial fishermen," says Miller.