|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 (ISMMS). She is also the Founding Director of the Center for Scientific Diversity, Associate Dean of Faculty Wellbeing and Development, and serves as a member of the Faculty Diversity Council and Anti-racism Task Force at ISMMS. She has also served as co-Director of the Master of Science in Biostatistics Program and Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Biostatistics at ISMMS. Dr. Benn has collaborated on a variety of health disparities-related research projects over the course of her career and also teaches a graduate-level course, Race and Causal Inference, aimed at increasing the methodologic rigor by which we investigate health disparities with a goal of finding effective causal targets for intervention. Dr. Benn is committed to increasing diversity, inclusion, and equitable advancement in (bio)statistics and STEM fields, more broadly, as well as reducing racial/ethnic disparities in faculty promotion in academic medicine. Dr. Benn is the co-founder of the NHLBI-funded Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program and a former co-Chair of the ENAR Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop. She also serves as a mentor for the JSM Diversity Workshop and Mentoring Program and the Math Alliance. Dr. Benn was co-PI of the NIGMS-funded Applied Statistics in Biological Systems (ASIBS) Short Course aimed at increasing the statistical competency and research capacity of early stage researchers nationwide. She currently is co-PI of the NHGRI-funded Clinical Research Education in Genome Science (CREiGS) Short Course aimed at exposing doctoral students, postdocs, and clinical and research faculty to computational tools in genome science in addition to effective strategies for engaging underserved communities in genomics research. Dr. Benn’s contributions to diversity and inclusion in statistics and STEM have been celebrated by various organizations including Mathematically Gifted and Black and the American Statistical Association.
Dr. Benn is originally from Bryn Mawr, PA and conducted her undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Spanish at Swarthmore College. She subsequently received her Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences and Doctor of Public Health in Biostatistics from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She currently lives with her wife in Brooklyn, NY.