Vincent Lynch holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. in social work from Boston College. Since 1986 he has served as Director of Continuing Education at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. In 1988 he founded the Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. He continues to chair this annual four-day conference, now in its seventeenth year. This conference draws over 500 AIDS-care social workers from across the country each year. He has obtained over $800,000 in external funding from governmental and corporate organizations to support the ongoing work of this conference. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services as well as the Journal of HIV Prevention for Children and Adolescents. In addition, he is co-director of a Boston College-organized summer HIV social work training project based in Kampala, Uganda. This project has recently received grant support from the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Lynch has received awards from the Council on Social Work Education and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in recognition of his HIV-related contributions to the social work profession.