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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 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.  
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