- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy
Emma K. T. Benn, MPH, DrPH is an Assistant 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. She has contributed her biostatistical expertise to a variety of research areas including: epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, COPD, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, HPV, skin bleaching in African and Afro-Caribbean populations, stroke, and cognitive disability. More recently, Dr. Benn has been focused on causal inference in disparities research and applying econometrics-related methods to account for selectivity bias in clinical and translational 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, co-Investigator of the NCATS-funded TL1 Training Program to strengthen and diversify the clinical investigator pipeline, and Director of the MPH in Biostatistics Track at ISMMS. She is also co-Director of the ISMMS Biostatistics Summer Program for Clinical Research. Dr. Benn is very committed to increasing diversity in the field of biostatistics and currently serves on the Diversity in Biomedical Research Council at ISMMS co-chairs the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop, and has served as a Mentor for the Joint Statistical Meetings Diversity Mentoring Program sponsored by the Committee on Minorities in Statistics. Courses she has taught at ISMMS include Introduction to Advanced Biostatistics and Analysis of Categorical Data. Dr. Benn is a 2013-2015 NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research recipient.
BA, Swarthmore College
MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
DrPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
The Applied Statistics in Biological Systems (ASIBS) Short Course
NIH/NIGMS R25GM111239 (Role - Co-PI; Project Duration - 2015 to 2020)
2015 Beta Omicron Chapter Inductee of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2013-2015 NIH/NIMHD Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research Recipient
2014 Women in Statistics Junior Researcher Travel Award
2014 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) Diversity Mentoring Program Fellow
Benn EK, Fox A, Fei K, Roberts E, Boden-Albala B. Moving towards a more comprehensive investigation of racial/ethnic differences in cognitive disability among US adults. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 2014 July; 10.1007/s10903-014-0073-0.
Benn EK. Nativity and cognitive disability among children: a unique comparison with reduced selection bias. International journal of public health 2014 Jun; DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0571-9.
Hart T, Benn EK, Bagiella E, Arenth P, Dikmen S, Hesdorffer DC, Novack TA, Ricker JH, Zafonte R. Early Trajectory of Psychiatric Symptoms after Traumatic Brain Injury: Relationship to Patient and Injury Characteristics. Journal of neurotrauma 2014 April; 31(7): 610-617.
Epstein LG, Shinnar S, Hesdorffer DC, Nordli DR, Hamidullah A, Benn EK, Pellock JM, Frank LM, Lewis DV, Moshe SL, Shinnar RC, Sun S. Human herpesvirus 6 and 7 in febrile status epilepticus: the FEBSTAT study. Epilepsia 2012 Sep; 53(9): 1481-1488.
Hesdorffer DC, Tomson T, Benn E, Sander JW, Nilsson L, Langan Y, Walczak TS, Beghi E, Brodie MJ, Hauser WA. Do antiepileptic drugs or generalized tonic-clonic seizure frequency increase SUDEP risk? A combined analysis. Epilepsia 2012 Feb; 53(2): 249-252.
Leaffer EB, Jacoby A, Benn E, Hauser WA, Shih T, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer D. Associates of stigma in an incident epilepsy population from northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B 2011 May; 21(1): 60-64.
Hesdorffer DC, Benn EK, Bagiella E, Nordli D, Pellock J, Hinton V, Shinnar S. Distribution of febrile seizure duration and associations with development. Annals of neurology 2011 Jul; 70(1): 93-100.
Hesdorffer DC, Logroscino G, Benn EK, Katri N, Cascino G, Hauser WA. Estimating risk for developing epilepsy: a population-based study in Rochester, Minnesota. Neurology 2011 Jan; 76(1): 23-27.
Hesdorffer DC, Tomson T, Benn E, Sander JW, Nilsson L, Langan Y, Walczak TS, Beghi E, Brodie MJ, Hauser A. Combined analysis of risk factors for SUDEP. Epilepsia 2011 Jun; 52(6): 1150-1159.
Perucca P, Jacoby A, Marson AG, Baker GA, Lane S, Benn EK, Thurman DJ, Hauser WA, Gilliam FG, Hesdorffer DC. Adverse antiepileptic drug effects in new-onset seizures: a case-control study. Neurology 2011 Jan; 76(3): 273-279.
Logroscino G, Traynor BJ, Hardiman O, Chiò A, Mitchell D, Swingler RJ, Millul A, Benn E, Beghi E. Incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Europe. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 2010 Apr; 81(4): 385-390.
Benn EK, Hesdorffer DC, Levy SR, Testa FM, Dimario FJ, Berg AT. Parental report of behavioral and cognitive diagnoses in childhood-onset epilepsy: A case-sibling-controlled analysis. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B 2010 Jul; 18(3): 276-279.
Westhoff CL, Torgal AH, Mayeda ER, Stanczyk FZ, Lerner JP, Benn EK, Paik M. Ovarian suppression in normal-weight and obese women during oral contraceptive use: a randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics and gynecology 2010 Aug; 116(2 Pt 1): 275-283.
Hesdorffer DC, Benn EK, Cascino GD, Hauser WA. Is a first acute symptomatic seizure epilepsy? Mortality and risk for recurrent seizure. Epilepsia 2009 May; 50(5): 1102-1108.
Benn EK, Hauser WA, Shih T, Leary L, Bagiella E, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer DC. Underlying cause of death in incident unprovoked seizures in the urban community of Northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsia 2009 Oct; 50(10): 2296-2300.
Lederer DJ, Benn EK, Barr RG, Wilt JS, Reilly G, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM, Kawut SM. Racial differences in waiting list outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 2008 Feb; 177(4): 450-454.
Benn EK, Hauser WA, Shih T, Leary L, Bagiella E, Dayan P, Green R, Andrews H, Thurman DJ, Hesdorffer DC. Estimating the incidence of first unprovoked seizure and newly diagnosed epilepsy in the low-income urban community of Northern Manhattan, New York City. Epilepsia 2008 Aug; 49(8): 1431-1439.
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