Meet the Director


Tabia Akintobi
Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Associate Dean of Community Engagement, and Principal Investigator and Director of the Prevention Research Center. Germane to these efforts is her demonstrated excellence in community-based participatory research, community-engaged public health practice and experiential learning among trainees across the health professional career development pipeline. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and earned both a Master’s of Public Health and Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Health from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.


Dr. Akintobi’s leadership is demonstrated through local, national and global clinical and translational research, training, and service initiatives addressing social and public health disparities and advancing health equity. Her repertoire of effective collaboration is evidenced by several federal grants where she serves as principal investigator or primary collaborator. She is also central to noteworthy research infrastructure grants, including the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Institute Community Engagement and Research Program and the Exploratory Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, where she leads community engagement key functions central to ensuring bi-directional research translation between communities and academic researchers. She is a regularly invited speaker and lecturer and has received several awards for outstanding public health research leadership and teaching. Dr. Akintobi conducts these activities incorporating her expertise and dedication to effective community-engaged research, social marketing and participatory evaluation.