Tamara Dubowitz

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Sc.D. in maternal and child health/social epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; S.M., Harvard School of Public Health; M.Sc. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Media Resources

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Overview

Tamara Dubowitz is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Trained in social epidemiology with concentrations in maternal and child health and public health nutrition, Dubowitz's research interests include neighborhood effects, particularly that of the built physical and social environment; obesity and diet-related disease; and the health and nutrition effects of social policy (e.g., housing policy, food stamps, and WIC) and monitoring and evaluation. Her work has utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine individuals within their social and structural contexts, having examined immigrant status and duration of residence in the United States, structure of the workday, access to child care, and competing daily-life constraints alongside neighborhood socioeconomic status and racial composition.

In addition to spending more than two years working on women's health programs and development with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa, Dubowitz led an evaluation of a maternal and child nutrition program led by UNICEF India. More recently, she has looked at factors of the built environment and their association with prevalence of obesity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dubowitz received her M.Sc. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her S.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Does a new supermarket improve dietary behaviors of low-income African-Americans?
  • Assessing biological pathways: linking neighborhoods to cardiovascular mortality
  • Mapping the gaps-enhancing local health department's capacity to match services to health needs
  • Neighborhoods, women, and coronary heart disease: a prospective study

Commentary

  • A 40-foot-high inflatable rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is towed up the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 2013

    Here's to Our Health

    Atop the new mayor's agenda should be improving the health and well-being of Pittsburgh residents. With an unassailable electoral mandate in hand, Mr. Peduto is positioned to take bold steps. And the best way to do that is by applying scientific and medical evidence to shape an integrated, citywide, health-policy framework.

    Nov 25, 2013 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • lettuce grocery store

    What Happens When a 'Food Desert' Gets an Oasis?

    In an era of budget constraints, policymakers confronting the U.S. obesity crisis need strong evidence from projects like PHRESH to inform decisions about where and how to invest, writes Tamara Dubowitz.

    Dec 13, 2012 | RAND.org

  • Bedside Manners: Obesity Is Not All Your Fault

    We will be more successful at stemming the growing tide of obesity and improving our own health if everyone accepts their share of responsibility for the obesity epidemic, write Chloe E. Bird and Tamara Dubowitz.

    Jul 26, 2012 | Girl with Pen

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