|Emma K. T. Benn, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy and Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Biostatistics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Dr. Benn is also Co-Director of the MS in Biostatistics Program. Dr. Benn has contributed her biostatistical expertise to a variety of research areas including but not limited to: health disparities, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, HPV, COPD, stroke, postpartum depression, bladder cancer, skin bleaching, and HIV.
In addition to her research, Dr. Benn is devoted to increasing the representation of underserved undergraduate and graduate students in the field of Biostatistics and faculty promotion and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in academic medicine. She is the co-founder of Columbia University’s NHLBI-funded Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program. She is also the co-Principal Investigator of the NIGMS-funded Applied Statistics in Biological Systems (ASIBS) Short Course aimed at increasing the statistical competency and statistical computing proficiency of postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty in academic medical centers nationwide.
Dr. Benn is the Co-Chair of the Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop for the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society and a mentor for the Joint Statistical Meetings Diversity in Biostatistics Mentoring Program. She is a member of the ENAR Regional Advisory Board and the American Statistical Association’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Assault.
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.