May 23, 2014
Tapan Mehta, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and associate scientist with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), has been selected for membership in the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, which was established “to celebrate excellent academic achievement, devotion to public health principles and outstanding service in public health.” He was recently inducted into UAB’s Upsilon Chapter at the Edge of Chaos, followed by recognition at the Graduation Reception. Dr. Mehta was selected based upon exceptional performance in leadership, research, scholarship, and service, as well as strength of recommendation. He will join over 300 members (students, faculty, and alumni) installed since the chapter’s charter in 1989.
Dr. Mehta’s interests lie in aggregating and integrating silos of genomic, epidemiological, and administrative data, to investigate interesting scientific questions through novel applications of statistical methods and computing platforms. He is especially interested in pursuing scientific inquiry in topics related to obesity, longevity, disability, and health policy and interventions.
His research in evaluating threats to the public health is widely recognized and has won him multiple awards. He received The Obesity Society’s Pat Simons Travel Award, which honors research excellence in young investigators; the 2012 Top Outstanding Student Poster Awards from the National Center for Health Statistics; and the Integrated Health Interview Series Student Research Award for the best graduate student paper, from the Minnesota Population Center. Dr. Mehta’s strong commitment and enthusiasm for public health was also recognized when he was honored as one of the five winners in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center’s inaugural “Creativity is a Decision” competition.