Karen Tabb Dina

Karen Tabb Dina

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Educational Background

Karen Tabb Dina received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her Master of Social Work specializing in Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Research and Practice Interests

Professor Karen Tabb Dina is interested in women’s health and mental health research with a particular focus on health disparities. She is interested in public health social work practice and teaches policy courses with a focus on health policy.

Current Research

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.

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