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Professor and Department Head, School of Social Work, North Carolina Central University 


Karen Bullock, Ph.D.

Karen Bullock, Ph.D. is Professor and Head of the School of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Social Work, from Columbia University in New York City, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from North Carolina State University. She teaches Introduction to Gerontology.


Dr. Bullock’s research focuses on cancer care, serious illness care and health equity. Her article on The Influence of Culture on End-of-Life Decision Making, won the 2012 Best Article Award by the Routledge Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care. She has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and training in gerontology, mental health, hospice and palliative care. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today and LA Times as an expert in these areas.


Dr. Bullock has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Notably, she was the first Social Worker to be selected and serve as a Visiting Professor of Palliative Care at UCHealth and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of General Medicine/ Internal Medicine, in 2019.

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