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Karen Tabb Dina


Professor Karen Tabb Dina


(217) 300-0200

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


SOCW 403 Practice III: Communities and Organizations
SOCW 515 Integrated Health Care Policy 

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 both practice and policy courses with a focus on health. 


  • Ph.D. Social Welfare – University of Washington
  • Master of Social Work – 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 contributes to 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, NPR All Things Considered and the Washington Post Syndicate to name a few. She is a past recipient of 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 and the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Award. 

Selected Publications

  • Racial differences in immediate postpartum depression and suicidal ideation among women in a Midwestern delivery hospital.  
  • Trends in suicidality 1 year before and after birth among commercially insured childbearing individuals in the United States, 2006-2017.  

Latest news

  • Faculty & Staff,
  • Research

Policy Reforms Urgently Needed to Mitigate Racial Disparities in Perinatal Mental Health Conditions 

April 04, 2024

Illinois News Bureau

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  • Faculty & Staff,
  • Research,
  • Community Impact

Diagnoses of Suicidal Ideation Surged Among Black Pregnant Women in 10-Year Study 

December 02, 2022

Illinois News Bureau

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  • Faculty & Staff,
  • Research,
  • Community Impact

Study: COVID-19 Policies Harmed Minority Women’s Perinatal Experiences, Magnified Inequities 

November 15, 2022

Illinois News Bureau

The team, from left: Tabb Dina, doctoral candidate B. Andi Lee, Hoang and Kaylee Lukacena, a research development manager with the Center for Social and Behavioral Science.
  • Students,
  • Faculty & Staff,
  • Research,
  • Alumni

Health Affairs Journal Highlights Two SSW Papers in Special Issue on Perinatal Mental Health

October 22, 2021

perinatal mental health issue cover- graphic of person holding an infant
  • Students,
  • Faculty & Staff,
  • Research

Patients View Perinatal Depression Screenings as Ineffective, Study Finds

October 13, 2021

The team, from left: doctoral student Wan-Jung (Wendy) Hsieh; Brandon Meline, director of the Maternal and Child Health Division at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District; doctoral student Marissa Sbrilli; and social work professors Karen Tabb and Tuyet-Mai Ha Hoang.
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