Janani R. Thapa

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Assistant Professor

100 Foster Road
Wright Hall Office 211B
Athens, GA 30602

Educational Background: 
M.P.A., International Development Concentration, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Area of Specialty: 
Dr. Thapa's specialty is in community-based participatory policy oriented research, program planning and evaluation, and application of behavioral economics in addressing obesity and other risky health behaviors. 
Research Interests: 
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Behavioral Economics (psychology and economics) in Public Health
  • Health Disparities and Minority Health
  • Risky Health Behaviors
  • Maternal and Child Health
Professional Affiliations: 
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • Obesity Society, International Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Association of Women in Science
Selected Publications: 

Thapa, J. R. and C. Lyford. 2013. Behavioral Economics in the Lunchroom: Can it Affect Food Supplier Decisions? A Systematic Review. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 17, A special issue, 2014, 187-208

Barent N. M., C. Lyford, N. Hensarling, A. McCool, B.C. Pence, J.R. Thapa, E. Belasco, T. Carter. 2013. Reducing Cancer Risk in Rural Communities through Community-Based Education. Journal of Cancer Education. 28:597-600.

Courses Taught: 
HPAM 7050 Obesity Policy
HPAM 8010S Advanced Service Learning in Health Policy and Management