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Philip-Tabb earns Ph.D from Harvard

Philip-Tabb earns  Ph.D from Harvard


Loni Philip-Tabb, a Vincentian-American, has received a doctorate in biostatistics from Harvard University, Cambridge.{{more}}

She is the daughter of Garfield and Patsie Philip, who are from Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, respectively.

Her extended family includes her grandfather, Herman Cuffy, who currently resides in Park Hill, as well as her uncle, Dr. Hudson Cuffy, who resides in Melbourne, FL.

Dr. Philip-Tabb is currently an Assistant Professor at Drexel University, School of Public Health, in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Philadelphia, PA. Her current research interests include health disparities, environmental and spatial statistics, and autism spectrum disorders. She also teaches and advises students in her department.

Most recently, Philip-Tabb was the keynote speaker at the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation conference, where she addressed graduate students about entering PhD programmes from various backgrounds like engineering, medicine, statistics, and computer science.

In 2003, Philip-Tabb received her B.Sc from Drexel University, where she studied mathematics and statistics. This was followed by the completion of her M.Sc in Mathematics, at the same university, in 2005.

While pursuing her master’s at Drexel, Philip-Tabb lectured various mathematics courses for undergraduate students, as well as at the Katherine Gibbs School in Conshohocken, PA.

After Drexel, Philip-Tabb moved to Boston to pursue her Ph.D. in biostatistics. While there, she did a significant amount of research on mapping and measuring the effect of poverty on premature mortality. She also taught various probability and statistics courses for graduate students at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

During her third year in her doctoral programme, she was selected to join a faculty member from the Department of Biostatistics to co-teach a course on Statistics in Drug Development at Kitasato University in Tokyo, Japan.

In December 2009, she graduated after defending her thesis, entitled “Multilevel models for zero-inflated count data in environmental health and health disparities research.”