Emma K Benn

Emma K Benn, DrPH

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy

Emma K. T. Benn, DrPH, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Center for Biostatistics and Department of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her BA in Chemistry (Spanish Minor) in 2004 from Swarthmore College. She subsequently received her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences in 2007 and DrPH in Biostatistics in 2012 from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Benn is one of the co-founders of the NIH-funded Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program in the Department of Biostatistics at Mailman, for which she currently serves on the External Advisory Board. She has contributed her biostatistical expertise to a variety of research areas including but not limited to: epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, COPD, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, HPV, vagal dysfunction, opioid adherence, skin bleaching in African and Afro-Caribbean populations, stroke, and cognitive disability. More recently, Dr. Benn has been focused on applying her statistical expertise to health disparities research.

Dr. Benn is the Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Biostatistics. Some of her educational leadership roles include: co-Principal Investigator of the NIH/NIGMS-funded Applied Statistics in Biological Systems (ASIBS) Short Course to increase the statistical competency of junior faculty and fellows and reduce the racial/ethnic gap in promotion of clinical faculty from academic medical centers nationwide, co-Director of the Master of Science in Biostatistics program at ISMMS, and co-Investigator of the NCATS-funded TL1 Training Program to strengthen and diversify the clinical investigator pipeline, and former co-Director of the Biostatistics Summer Program for Clinical Research at ISMMS. Dr. Benn is very committed to increasing diversity in the field of biostatistics as she has served as co-chair of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop and as a mentor for the American Statistical Association Joint Statistical Meetings Diversity Mentoring Program and the Math Alliance. Dr. Benn has also served on the ASA Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Assault and is currently a member of the ENAR Regional Advisory Board and the NIH Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section. Courses she has taught at ISMMS include Introduction to Advanced Biostatistics, Biostatistics for Biomedical Research, Analysis of Categorical Data, and Race and Causal Inference. Dr. Benn is a 2013-2015 NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research recipient.

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BA, Swarthmore College

MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

DrPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health