Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LICSW, FGSA, APHSW-C

Professional Education Instructor
Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LICSW, FGSA, APHSW-C poses for the camera in an academic hallway with a white blazer and maroon blouse.

B.S.W., North Carolina State University
M.S.S.W., Columbia University
Ph.D., Boston University


Karen Bullock, Ph.D., LICSW, FGSA, APHSW-C, is the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor in the Boston College School of Social Work and in Global Public Health. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) with mental health practice experience and expertise in health disparities, health equity, serious illness care, aging and gerontology, hospice, palliative and end-of-life care decision making. She has served as principal investigator and/or co-investigator for over $5 million in federal grant funding focused on equity and inclusion for workforce development, aging and health network sustainability.

Bullock is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and has served on several national boards and committees, including the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) as vice-chair and the American Cancer Society (ACS) Oncology Social Work Research Peer Review Committee, past chair. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness, a board member of the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative (PCQ), Steering Committee member for the Duke University REACH Equity Center, affiliate faculty at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), and has an appointment in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).