Tamara Dubowitz

Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Tamara Dubowitz (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and faculty at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Trained in social epidemiology with concentrations in maternal and child health and public health nutrition, her research focuses on the role of place, or geography, and the health of marginalized populations. Her interests also lie in understanding the health and nutrition effects of policy (e.g., housing policy, food policy, urban planning), including topical areas such as food security. Dubowitz’s work has utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine individuals within their social and structural contexts.

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 has experience with monitoring and evaluation of programs domestically and internationally. Her more recent research has looked at neighborhood investments and assets, from new full-service supermarkets in food deserts to greenspace and parks, housing and the streetscape and its impact on resident health. Dubowitz received her Sc.D. in public health nutrition/social epidemiology and S.M. in maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health and her M.Sc. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States