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Karen Tabb Dina

Associate Professor

Professor Karen Tabb Dina


(217) 300-0200

Office 2129
School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801


SOCW 300 Diversity: Identities & Issues
SOCW 325 International Development with Grassroots Organizations

What I Do

I am interested in women’s health and mental health research with a particular focus on health disparities. I am interested in public health social work practice and teach policy courses with a focus on health.


  • Ph.D. Social Welfare – University of Washington
  • Master of Social Work, Social Policy and Evaluation – University of Michigan
  • BA, Sociology – Eastern Michigan University


Dr. Karen Tabb Dina’s current research agenda focuses identifying risk factors for morbidity and mortality among perinatal women and clinical factors to improve minority health. Dr. Tabb Dina is also an expert collaborator (in the areas of diabetes, mental health, maternal health, and North America) for the Global Burden of Disease Study where she assists in estimating population morbidity and mortality for 188 countries.

Her research and commentary have appeared in numerous television, radio and print sources, including TEDx, WILL, WTAX, WCIA, WJBC, WRSP, WBBM, WTTW and the Washington Post Syndicate to name a few. In 2019, Dr. Tabb received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Thought Leader Award for Leading in Peer-Reviewed Publications, the New Connections Program’s premier honor for early career faculty.

Selected Publications

  • Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioral, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015
  • The state of US health, 1990-2016: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors among US states
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