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Tapan Mehta, Ph.D.

Tapan Mehta Associate Professor
Department of Health Services Administration
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
School of Health Professions 590E
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 975-9171
Full CV

Dr. Mehta is an obesity researcher and a data scientist with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He directs the statistical analysis and design core of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, a collaboration between UAB School of Health Profession and Lakeshore Foundation, in the area of disability and rehabilitation sciences. His research projects include from large randomized controlled trials related to telehealth to analysis of large existing datasets. Dr. Mehta’s research interest span from clinical, epidemiological and health services related scientific inquiries in topics related to obesity, cardiometabolic conditions, disability, and rehabilitation. One of his recent line of research is in the area of healthcare quality improvement in obesity and diabetes care.

Dr. Mehta is a co-investigator, site PI, and lead statistician to several research studies funded by a variety of funding agencies such as NIH, NIDDILR and PCORI. Dr. Mehta has a strong publication record with over 30 peer-reviewed articles including several first-author articles. He has published in highly competitive journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, and Obesity Reviews. He has been involved in leading and serving on several national society committees such as serving on the Finance Committee and Public Affairs committee of The Obesity Society. He is also serving as the Chair of the University-wide Faculty Senate Research Committee, which is focused on strengthening the research environment at UAB.


  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • pre 2009
  1. Upadhyay S, Weech-Maldonado R, Lemak CH, Stephenson A, Mehta T, Smith DG. Resource-based view on safety culture's influence on hospital performance: The moderating role of electronic health record implementation. Health Care Manage Rev. 2018 Aug 28. PMID: 30157101.
  2. Young HJ, Mehta T, Herman C, Wang F, Rimmer JH. The Effects of Movement-to-Music (M2M) and Adapted Yoga on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Aug 6. PMID: 30092206
  3. Rimmer JH, Thirumalai M, Young HJ, Pekmezi D, Tracy T, Riser E, Mehta T. Rationale and design of the tele-exercise and multiple sclerosis (TEAMS) study: A comparative effectiveness trial between a clinic- and home-based telerehabilitation intervention for adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) living in the deep south. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Aug;71:186-193. PMID: 29937253.
  4. Dickinson SL, Brown AW, Mehta T, Heymsfield SB, Ebbeling CB, Ludwig DS, Allison DB. Incorrect analyses were used in "Different enteral nutrition formulas have no effect on glucose homeostasis but on diet-induced thermogenesis in critically ill medical patients: a randomized controlled trial" and corrected analyses are requested. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018 Jun 27. PMID: 29946116.
  5. Howell CR, Mehta T, Ejima K, Ness KK, Cherrington A, Fontaine KR. Body Composition and Mortality in Mexican American Adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Aug 1. PMID: 30070038
  6. Mehta T, Allison DB. How Much Variation in Outcomes Is Too Much in a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery? JAMA. 2018 May 8;319(18):1932-1933. PMID: 29801000.
  7. Thirumalai M, Rimmer JH, Johnson G, Wilroy J, Young HJ, Mehta T, Lai B. TEAMS (Tele-Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis), a Tailored Telerehabilitation mHealth App: Participant-Centered Development and Usability Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 May 24;6(5):e10181. PMID: 29798832
  8. Rimmer JH, Herman C, Wingo B, Fontaine KR, Mehta T. Methodological and clinical implications of a three-in-one Russian doll design for tracking health trajectories and improving health and function through innovative exercise treatments in adults with disability. BMC Medical Research Methodology. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2018 Mar 14;18(1):28.
  9. Hoenemeyer TW, Kaptchuk TJ, Mehta T, Fontaine KR. Open-Label Placebo Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Randomized-Controlled Clinical Trial.  Scientific Reports. 2018; 8:2784.
  1. Mehta T and Hall A. Socioeconomic Status and Differential Lifetime Costs of Overweight and Obesity: An Application of Microsimulations. Obesity. 2017 Sept; 25(9):1470
  2. Rimmer JH, Padalabalanarayanan S, Malone LA, Mehta T. Fitness facilities still lack accessibility for people with disabilities. Disability and Health. 2017 April 10(2):214221.
  3. Howell CR, Fontaine K, Ejima K, Ness KK, Cherrington A, and Mehta T. Maximum Lifetime Body Mass Index and Mortality in Mexican-American Adults: Results From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (1988–1994) and 1999–2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Aug; 14:E67. PMCID PMC5566831.
  1. Malone LA, Rowland JL, Rogers R, Mehta T, Padalabalanarayanan S, Thirumalai M, Rimmer JH. Active Videogaming in Youth with Physical Disability: Gameplay and Enjoyment. Games Health J. 2016 Oct 3. PMID: 27696899.
  2. Mehta T, Pajweski NM, Keith SW, Fontaine KR, Allison DB. Role of a plausible nuisance contributor in the declining obesity-mortality risks over time. Experimental Gerontology. 2016 Sep 17. pii: S0531-5565(16)30347-3. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2016.09.015. PMCID PMC5154798.
  3. George BJ, Beasley MT, Brown AW, Dawson J, Dimova R, Divers J, Goldsby T, Heo M, Kaiser KA, Keith SW, Kim MY, Li P, Mehta T, Oakes MJ, Skinner A, Stuart E, Allison DB. Common Scientific and Statistical Errors in Obesity Research. Obesity. 2016 April; 24(4): 781-90.
  4. Davidson LE, Adams TD, Kim J, Jones JL, Hashibe M, Taylor D, Mehta T, McKinlay R, Simper SC, Smith SC, Hunt SC. Association of Patient Age at Gastric Bypass Surgery with Long-term All-cause and Cause-specific mortality. JAMA Surgery. 2016 Jul; 151(7):631-7. PMCID PMC5055061.
  1. Wingo BC, Mehta T, Qu P, Vogel LC, Rimmer JH. An exploratory study examining clinical measures of adiposity risk for predicting obesity in adolescents with physical disabilities. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 94(8):585-94
  2. Allison DB, Bassaganya-Riera J, Burlingame B, Brown A, Le Coutre J, Dickson SL, Van Eden W, Garssen J, Hontecillas R, Khoo Chor SH, Knorr D, Kussmann M, Magistretti PJ, Mehta T, Meule A, Rychlik M, Vogele C. Goals in Nutrition Science 2015-2020. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2015, 26.
  1. Mehta, T., Fontaine, K. R., Keith, S. W., Bangalore, S. S., de los Campos, G., Bartolucci, A., Pajewski, N. M. and Allison, D. B. (2014), Obesity and mortality: are the risks declining? Evidence from multiple prospective studies in the United States. Obesity Reviews 2014, 15: 619–629. [PMC4121970] [doi: 10.1111/obr.12191]
  2. Krista Casazza, Andrew Brown, Arne Astrup, Fredrik Bertz, Charles Baum, Michelle Bohan Brown, John Dawson, Nefertiti Durant, Gareth Dutton, David A. Fields, Kevin R. Fontaine, David Levitsky, Tapan Mehta, Nir Menachemi, Pk Newby, Russell Pate, Hollie Raynor, Barbara J. Rolls, Bisakha Sen, Daniel L. Smith, Diana Thomas, Brian Wansink, David B. Allison, A. Bray George, Weighing the Evidence of Common Beliefs in Obesity Research. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014 Jun 20:0. [PMID: 24950157] [doi: 10.1080/10408398.2014.922044]
  3. Mehta T, Smith DL Jr, Muhammad J, Casazza K. Impact of weight cycling on risk of morbidity and mortality. Impact of weight cycling on morbidity and mortality. Obesity Reviews 2014, 15(11):870-81. [doi: 10.1111/obr.12222] [PMC4205264]
  4. Mehta Tapan, Allison DB (2014). From measurement to analysis reporting: grand challenges in nutritional methodology. Frontiers in Nutrition 2014, 1(6). [PMC4290856] [doi: 10.3389/fnut.2014.00006]
  1. Mehta T, Fontaine KR, Keith SW, Bangalore SS, PhD, de los Campos G, Bartolucci A, Pajewski NM, Allison, DB. Obesity and Mortality: Are the Risks Declining? Evidence from Eighteen Prospective Studies in the U.S. (Revise and resubmit).
  2. Mehta T, McCubrey R, Pajewski NM, Keith SW, Crespo CJ, Allison DB, Fontaine KR. Does Obesity Associate with Mortality among Hispanic Persons?: Results from the National Health Interview Survey. (Accepted in Obesity).
  3. Casazza K, Fontaine KR, Astrup A, Birch LL, Brown AW, Bohan Brown MM, Durant N, Dutton G, Foster EM, Heymsfield SB, McIver K, Mehta T, Menachemi N, Newby PK, Pate R, Rolls BJ, Sen B, Smith DL Jr, Thomas DM, Allison DB. Myths, presumptions, and facts about obesity. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jan 31;368(5):446-54. [doi: 10.1056/NEJMsa1208051]
  1. Duarte CW, Willey CD, Zhi D, Cui X, Harris JJ, Vaughan LK, Mehta T, McCubrey RO, Khodarev NN, Weichselbaum RR, Gillespie GY. Expression Signature of IFN/STAT1 Signaling Genes Predicts Poor Survival Outcome in Glioblastoma Multiforme in a Subtype-Specific Manner. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e29653. Epub 2012 Jan 5. [PMID: 22242177] [PMCID: PMC3252343]
  2. Jarboe JS, Anderson JC, Duarte CW, Mehta T, Nowsheen S, Hicks PH, Whitley AC, Rohrbach TD, McCubrey RO, Chiu S, Burleson TM, Bonner JA, Gillespie GY, Yang ES, Willey CD. MARCKS regulates growth and radiation sensitivity and is a novel prognostic factor for glioma. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Jun 1;18(11):3030-41. [doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-11-3091] Epub 2012 May 22.
  1. Keith SW, Fontaine KR, Pajewski NM, Mehta T, Allison DB. Use of self-reported height and weight biases the body mass index-mortality association. International Journal of Obesity, 2011. Mar;35(3):401-408. [PMID: 20680015]
  1. Miller SJ, Jessen WJ, Mehta T, Hardiman A, Sites E, Kaiser S, Jegga AG, Li H, Upadhyaya M, Giovannini M, Muir D, Wallace MR, Lopez E, Serra E, Nielsen GP, Lazaro C, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Page G, Aronow BJ, Ratner N. Integrative genomic analyses of neurofibromatosis tumours identify SOX9 as a biomarker and survival gene. EMBO Mol Med. 2009 Jul;1(4):236-48. [PMID: 20049725]
  2. Feugang JM, Kaya A, Page GP, Chen L, Mehta T, Hirani K, Nazareth L, Topper E, Gibbs R, Memili E. Two-stage genome-wide association study identifies integrin beta 5 as having potential role in bull fertility. BMC Genomics. 2009 Apr 24;10:176. [PMID: 19393042] [PMCID: PMC2684547]
  3. Guimbellot JS, Erickson SW, Mehta T, Wen H, Page GP, Sorscher EJ, Hong JS. Correlation of microRNA levels during hypoxia with predicted target mRNAs through genome-wide microarray analysis. BMC Med Genomics. 2009 Mar 25;2:15.[PMID:19320992] [ PMCID: PMC2667434]
  4. Chen L, Page GP, Mehta T, Feng R, Cui X. Single nucleotide polymorphisms affect both cis- and trans-eQTLs. Genomics. 2009 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print] [PMID: 19248827]
  5. Ioannidis JP, Allison DB, Ball CA, Coulibaly I, Cui X, Culhane AC, Falchi M, Furlanello C, Game L, Jurman G, Mangion J, Mehta T, Nitzberg M, Page GP, Petretto E, van Noort V. Repeatability of published microarray gene expression analyses. Nat Genet. 2009 Feb;41(2):149-55. Epub 2008 Jan 28. [PMID: 19174838]


  1. Srinivasasainagendra V, Page GP, Mehta T, Coulibaly I, Loraine AE. CressExpress: a tool for large-scale mining of expression data from Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2008 Jul;147(3):1004-16. Epub 2008 May 8. [PMID: 18467456]


  1. Page GP, Zakharkin SO, Kim K, Mehta T, Chen L, Zhang K. Microarray analysis. Methods Mol Biol. 2007;404:409-30. Review. [PMID: 18450061]
  2. Falk CT, Finch SJ, Kim W, Mukhopadhyay ND, Gong B, Hinrichs A, Li X, Liu X, Malhotra A, Mehta T, Page G, Rao S, Saccone N, Shete S, Yang Y, Yu R, Zhao JH, Zhou X. Data mining of RNA expression and DNA genotype data: presentation group 5 contributions to Genetic Analysis Workshop 15. Genet Epidemiol. 2007;31 Suppl 1:S43-50. [PMID: 18046764]
  3. Yi N, Shriner D, Banerjee S, Mehta T, Pomp D, Yandell BS. An efficient Bayesian model selection approach for interacting quantitative trait loci models with many effects. Genetics. 2007 Jul;176(3):1865-77. Epub 2007 May 4. [PMID: 17483424]
  4. Yandell BS, Mehta T, Banerjee S, Shriner D, Venkataraman R, Moon JY, Neely WW, Wu H, von Smith R, Yi N. R/qtlbim: QTL with Bayesian Interval Mapping in experimental crosses. Bioinformatics. 2007 Mar 1;23(5):641-3. Epub 2007 Jan 19. [PMID: 17237038]


  1. Mehta TS, Zakharkin SO, Gadbury GL, Allison DB. Epistemological issues in omics and high-dimensional biology: give the people what they want. Physiol Genomics. 2006 Dec 13;28(1):24-32. Epub 2006 Sep 12. [PMID: 16968808]
  2. 9: Wei H, Persson S, Mehta T, Srinivasasainagendra V, Chen L, Page GP, Somerville C, Loraine A. Transcriptional coordination of the metabolic network in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2006 Oct;142(2):762-74. Epub 2006 Aug 18. [PMID: 16920875]


  1. Zakharkin SO, Kim K, Mehta T, Chen L, Barnes S, Scheirer KE, Parrish RS, Allison DB, Page GP. Sources of variation in Affymetrix microarray experiments. BMC Bioinformatics. 2005 Aug 29;6:214. [PMID: 16124883]
  2. Trivedi P, Edwards JW, Wang J, Gadbury GL, Srinivasasainagendra V, Zakharkin SO, Kim K, Mehta T, Brand JP, Patki A, Page GP, Allison DB. HDBStat!: a platform-independent software suite for statistical analysis of high dimensional biology data. BMC Bioinformatics. 2005 Apr 6;6:86. [PMID: 15813968]


  1. Mehta T, Tanik M, Allison DB. Towards sound epistemological foundations of statistical methods for high-dimensional biology. Nat Genet. 2004 Sep;36(9):943-7. [PMID: 15340433]