Loni Philip Tabb Receives Tenure & NIH Grant

Congratulations to alumna Loni Philip Tabb, PhD ’10, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Tabb has been on faculty at Drexel University since December 2009, and her research over the years has focused on spatial methods applied in fields including alcohol and violence, healthy food availability, and neighborhood amenities.

Additionally, Tabb was awarded a 5-year Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) from NIH/NHLBI to support research on “Assessing the spatial heterogeneity in cardiovascular risk factors within and between blacks and whites”. The research aims to: (1) describe the spatial heterogeneity in cardiovascular health in blacks, whites, and black-white disparities, and (2) assess the contributions of individual- and neighborhood-level risk factors to the spatial heterogeneity in cardiovascular health.

While at Harvard (2005-2009), Tabb worked on developing new methods to address complex data structures with excessive zero counts. Her dissertation was called “Multilevel models for zero-inflated count data in environmental health and health disparities research” and her advisor was Brent Coull, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics.