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Phoebe Tran, PhD, MS

Phoebe Tran, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor - Currently Accepting PhD Students


Phoebe Tran, PhD, MS is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist. She believes in an epidemiological approach that combines the power of large datasets with input from community stakeholders.

Her research focuses on improving secondary cardiovascular disease prevention in medically underserved US populations. She is especially interested in identifying ways to improve access to care and quality of life among individuals with cardiovascular disease living in rural Tennessee. She has received funding from the National Institute on Aging to conduct research examining the influence of air pollution on stroke outcomes, trends in antihypertensive medication use in rural stroke survivors, cardiac rehabilitation use in rural heart survivors, and heart attack symptoms recognition in older adults with cognitive impairment. This research has provided her with opportunities to work with national survey data and administrative claims data.

Aside from her cardiovascular disease research, Dr. Tran has also published studies that identify disparities in chronic disease screening and management for conditions such as diabetes, HIV, and cancer among people with a disability and those living in rural areas. Phoebe received her PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, MS in Epidemiology form Harvard University, and BA in Biology from Emory University. Having grown up in Knoxville, she is excited to return to her roots and reexplore the natural wonders of Tennessee.

Curriculum Vita


  • F31 AG067720-01 (Tran, PI), National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Aging, September 2020 – May 2022


  • Yale University, Doctorate, Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Yale University, Master of Science, Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Master of Science, Epidemiology
  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2022 Yale Office of Health Equity Research Excellence Award Finalist
  • 2021 American Foundation for Hypertension Research and Education Award for Support of Underrepresented Minorities


  • Tran, P., Tran, L., Zhu, C., Chang, T., Powers, I., Goldstein, L., & Lichtman, J. (2022). Rural Residence and Antihypertensive Medication Use in US Stroke Survivors. JAHA. [In press]
  • Zhu, C., Tran, P., Dreyer, R., Goldstein, L., & Lichtman, J. (2021). Disparities in Internet Use among US Stroke Survivors: Implications for Telerehabilitation during COVID-19 and Beyond. Stroke. [In press]
  • Tran, P., Zhu, C., Dreyer, R., & Lichtman, J. (2021). Sex- and Age-Specific Comparisons of Cardiac Rehabilitation Attendance among Rural versus Urban Residing US Myocardial Infarction Survivors. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. [In press]
Phoebe Tran, PhD, MS

Contact Information

  • 375 HPER, 1914 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996
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