• Dr. Mehta is a health services researcher with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He leads the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center Design Analytics Core. 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 50 peer-reviewed articles including several first-author articles. He has published in highly competitive journals such as JAMA, PLOS Med, New England Journal of Medicine, and Obesity Reviews. He has served on several national society committees such as the Finance Committee and Public Affairs committee of The Obesity Society. At UAB he has also participated in shared governance serving as the chair of the Faculty Senate Research Committee and University-wide Budget Allocation Committee.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Multiple Electronic Health Record-Based Measures of Social Determinants of Health to Predict Return to the Emergency Department Following DischargePopulation Health Management.  25:771-780. 2022
    2022 Randomization, design and analysis for interdependency in aging research: no person or mouse is an island 2022
    2022 Supporting successful recruitment in a randomized control trial comparing clinic and home-based exercise among adults with multiple sclerosisResearch Involvement and Engagement.  8. 2022
    2022 Associations between cardiometabolic disease severity, social determinants of health (SDoH), and poor COVID-19 outcomesObesity.  30:1483-1494. 2022
    2022 Exploring a Need for a Cardiometabolic Disease Staging System as a Computerized Clinical Decision Support Tool: Qualitative StudyJMIR Formative Research.  6. 2022
    2022 Race Versus Social Determinants of Health in COVID-19 Hospitalization PredictionAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  63:S103-S108. 2022
    2022 A practical decision tree to support editorial adjudication of submitted parallel cluster randomized controlled trialsObesity.  30:565-570. 2022
    2022 Prolonged Glycemic Adaptation Following Transition From a Low-to High-Carbohydrate Diet: A Randomized Controlled Feeding TrialDiabetes reviews (Alexandria, Va.).  45:576-584. 2022
    2022 Stimulated Insulin Secretion Predicts Changes in Body Composition Following Weight Loss in Adults with High BMI 2022
    2022 Randomisation can do many things – but it cannot “fail” 2022
    2022 Reply to DA Booth 2022
    2021 The Effects of a Movement-to-Music (M2M) Intervention on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in People Poststroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial.Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation.  3:100160. 2021
    2021 The Spinal Cord Injury Program in Exercise (SCIPE) study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial evaluating teleexercise programs for people with spinal cord injuryTrials.  22. 2021
    2021 The movement-to-music (M2M) study: study protocol for a randomized controlled efficacy trial examining a rhythmic teleexercise intervention for people with physical disabilitiesTrials.  22. 2021
    2021 Teleassessments for enrollment of adults with physical or mobility disability in a home-based exercise trial in response to covid-19: Usability studyJMIR Formative Research.  5. 2021
    2021 Daily 100% watermelon juice consumption and vascular function among postmenopausal women: A randomized controlled trial 2021
    2021 An Exploratory Analysis of the Association Between Catechol-O-Methyltransferase and Response to a Randomized Open-Label Placebo Treatment for Cancer-Related FatigueFrontiers in Psychiatry.  12. 2021
    2021 Teleassessments for Enrollment of Adults With Physical or Mobility Disability in a Home-Based Exercise Trial in Response to COVID-19: Usability Study (Preprint) 2021
    2021 Correction: Correlates of adherence in a home-based, self-managed exercise program tailored to wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (Spinal Cord, (2021), 59, 1, (55-62), 10.1038/s41393-020-0497-4)Spinal Cord.  59:92. 2021
    2021 Correlates of adherence in a home-based, self-managed exercise program tailored to wheelchair users with spinal cord injurySpinal Cord.  59:55-62. 2021
    2021 Critical factors influencing the decision to enroll in a physical activity intervention among a predominant group of adults with spinal cord injury: a grounded theory studySpinal Cord.  59:17-25. 2021
    2021 The impact of body mass index on one-year mortality after spinal cord injuryJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine.  44:563-571. 2021
    2020 Development and validation of a model for predicting incident type 2 diabetes using quantitative clinical data and a Bayesian logistic model: A nationwide cohort and modeling studyPLoS Medicine.  17. 2020
    2020 Immediate and Sustained Effects of Interventions for Changing Physical Activity in People with Multiple Sclerosis: Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled TrialsArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  101:1414-1436. 2020
    2020 COVID-19 modifications for remote teleassessment and teletraining of a complementary alternative medicine intervention for people with multiple sclerosis: Protocol for a randomized controlled trialJMIR Research Protocols.  9. 2020
    2020 Resource-based view on safety culture's influence on hospital performance: The moderating role of electronic health record implementationHealth Care Management Review.  45:207-216. 2020
    2020 Telehealth use among community health centers and cardio-metabolic health outcomesHealthcare.  8. 2020
    2020 COVID-19 Modifications for Remote Teleassessment and Teletraining of a Complementary Alternative Medicine Intervention for People With Multiple Sclerosis: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint) 2020
    2020 Developing a Strategic Group Typology for Home Health Care AgenciesHome Health Care Management and Practice.  32:87-94. 2020
    2020 A meta-analysis of bariatric surgery-related outcomes in accredited versus unaccredited hospitals in the United States.Clinical Obesity.  10:e12348. 2020
    2020 Comparing the Ability of Two Comprehensive Clinical Staging Systems to Predict Mortality: EOSS and CMDSObesity.  28:353-361. 2020
    2020 Research themes and trends in ten top-ranked nephrology journals: A text mining analysisAmerican Journal of Nephrology.  51:147-159. 2020
    2020 Developing a decision support system for exercise engagement among individuals with conditions causing mobility impairment: Perspectives of fitness facility fitness exercisers and adapted fitness center trainerTechnology and Disability.  32:295-305. 2020
    2020 Effectiveness of the International Symbol of Access and inclusivity of other disability groupsDisability and Health Journal.  13:100836. 2020
    2020 Effectiveness of the International Symbol of Access and inclusivity of other disability groupsDisability and Health Journal.  13. 2020
    2019 Dietary Quality Assessed by the HEI-2010 and Biomarkers of Cardiometabolic Disease: An Exploratory AnalysisJournal of the American College of Nutrition.  38:640-647. 2019
    2019 Exercise Training Guidelines for Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and Parkinson Disease: Rapid Review and SynthesisAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  98:613-621. 2019
    2019 Older Adults with Lowest Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes: Results from a Large and Diverse US Cohort (2003-2016) (OR22-06-19).Current Developments in Nutrition.  3. 2019
    2019 Examining perceptions of existing and newly created accessibility symbolsDisability and Health Journal.  12:180-186. 2019
    2019 Comparing the convergent and concurrent validity of the dynamic gait index with the berg balance scale in people with multiple sclerosisHealthcare.  7. 2019
    2019 Rationale and design of a Scale-Up Project Evaluating Responsiveness to Home Exercise and Lifestyle Tele-Health (SUPER-HEALTH) in people with physical/mobility disabilities: A type 1 hybrid design effectiveness trialBMJ Open.  9. 2019
    2019 The Effects of M2M and Adapted Yoga on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in People With Multiple SclerosisArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  100:391-400. 2019
    2019 A mobile app to promote adapted exercise and social networking for people with physical disabilities: Usability studyJMIR Formative Research.  3. 2019
    2019 Energy expenditure and enjoyment during active video gaming using an adapted wii fit balance board in adults with physical disabilities: Observational studyJMIR Serious Games.  7. 2019
    2019 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 requestedEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  73:152-153. 2019
    2019 Predictors of weight change: Findings from an employee wellness programFrontiers in Endocrinology.  10. 2019
    2018 Open-Label Placebo Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Randomized-Controlled Clinical TrialScientific Reports.  8. 2018
    2018 Factors Associated with Variation in Outcomes in Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence - ReplyJournal of the American Medical Association.  320:1387. 2018
    2018 Body Composition and Mortality in Mexican American Adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination SurveyObesity.  26:1372-1380. 2018
    2018 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 southContemporary Clinical Trials.  71:186-193. 2018
    2018 A Mobile App to Promote Adapted Exercise and Social Networking for People With Physical Disabilities: Usability Study (Preprint) 2018
    2018 How Much Variation in Outcomes Is Too Much in a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery?Journal of the American Medical Association.  319:1932-1933. 2018
    2018 HowMuch variation in outcomes is toomuch in a center of excellence for bariatric surgery?JAMA Surgery.  319:629-636. 2018
    2018 Teams (Tele-exercise and multiple sclerosis), a tailored telerehabilitation mhealth app: Participant-centered development and usability studyJMIR mHealth and uHealth.  6. 2018
    2018 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 disabilityBMC Medical Research Methodology.  18. 2018
    2018 TEAMS (Tele-Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis), a Tailored Telerehabilitation mHealth App: Participant-Centered Development and Usability Study (Preprint) 2018
    2017 Socioeconomic Status and Differential Lifetime Costs of Overweight and Obesity: An Application of MicrosimulationsObesity.  25:1470. 2017
    2017 Fitness facilities still lack accessibility for people with disabilitiesDisability and Health Journal.  10:214-221. 2017
    2017 Maximum lifetime body mass index and mortality in Mexican American adults: The national health and nutrition examination survey III (1988-1994) and NHANES 1999-2010 2017
    2016 Role of a plausible nuisance contributor in the declining obesity-mortality risks over timeExperimental Gerontology.  86:14-21. 2016
    2016 Active Videogaming in Youth with Physical Disability: Gameplay and EnjoymentGames for Health Journal.  5:333-341. 2016
    2016 Association of patient age at gastric bypass surgery with long-term all-cause and cause-specific mortalityJAMA Surgery.  151:631-637. 2016
    2016 Common scientific and statistical errors in obesity researchObesity.  24:781-790. 2016
    2015 Weighing the Evidence of Common Beliefs in Obesity ResearchCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.  55:2014-2053. 2015
    2015 All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Associated with Bariatric Surgery: A ReviewCurrent Atherosclerosis Reports.  17. 2015
    2015 Development of a community health inclusion index: An evaluation tool for improving inclusion of people with disabilities in community health initiativesBMC Public Health.  15. 2015
    2015 Goals in Nutrition Science 2015–2020Frontiers in Nutrition.  2. 2015
    2015 Exploratory Study Examining Clinical Measures of Adiposity Risk for Predicting Obesity in Adolescents with Physical DisabilitiesAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  94:585-594. 2015
    2014 Impact of weight cycling on risk of morbidity and mortalityObesity Reviews.  15:870-881. 2014
    2014 From Measurement to Analysis Reporting: Grand Challenges in Nutritional MethodologyFrontiers in Nutrition.  1. 2014
    2014 Obesity and mortality: Are the risks declining? Evidence from multiple prospective studies in the United StatesObesity Reviews.  15:619-629. 2014
    2013 Does obesity associate with mortality among hispanic persons? Results from the national health interview surveyObesity.  21:1474-1477. 2013
    2013 Myths, presumptions, and facts about obesityNew England Journal of Medicine.  368:446-454. 2013
    2012 Body mass index and mortality rate among Hispanic adults: A pooled analysis of multiple epidemiologic data setsInternational Journal of Obesity.  36:1121-1126. 2012
    2012 MARCKS regulates growth and radiation sensitivity and is a novel prognostic factor for gliomaClinical Cancer Research.  18:3030-3041. 2012
    2012 Expression signature of IFN/STAT1 signaling genes predicts poor survival outcome in glioblastoma multiforme in a subtype-specific mannerPLoS One.  7. 2012
    2011 Use of self-reported height and weight biases the body mass index-mortality associationInternational Journal of Obesity.  35:401-408. 2011
    2010 Tar DNA binding protein-43 (TDP-43) associates with stress granules: Analysis of cultured cells and pathological brain tissuePLoS One.  5. 2010
    2009 Single nucleotide polymorphisms affect both cis- and trans-eQTLsGenomics.  93:501-508. 2009
    2009 Two-stage genome-wide association study identifies integrin beta 5 as having potential role in bull fertilityBMC Genomics.  10. 2009
    2009 Correlation of microRNA levels during hypoxia with predicted target mRNAs through genome-wide microarray analysisBMC Medical Genomics.  2. 2009
    2009 Repeatability of published microarray gene expression analysesNature Genetics.  41:149-155. 2009
    2009 Integrative genomic analyses of neurofibromatosis tumours identify SOX9 as a biomarker and survival geneEMBO Molecular Medicine.  1:236-248. 2009
    2008 CressExpress: A tool for large-scale mining of expression data from arabidopsisPlant Physiology.  147:1004-1016. 2008
    2007 An efficient Bayesian model selection approach for interacting quantitative trait loci models with many effects 2007
    2007 Data mining of RNA expression and DNA genotype data: presentation group 5 contributions to Genetic Analysis Workshop 15.Genetic Epidemiology.  31 Suppl 1:S43-S50. 2007
    2007 Microarray analysis.Methods in Molecular Biology.  404:409-430. 2007
    2007 R/qtlbim: QTL with Bayesian Interval Mapping in experimental crossesBioinformatics.  23:641-643. 2007
    2006 Epistemological issues in omics and high-dimensional biology: Give the people what they wantPhysiological Genomics.  28:24-32. 2006
    2006 Transcriptional coordination of the metabolic network in ArabidopsisPlant Physiology.  142:762-774. 2006
    2005 Sources of variation in Affymetrix microarray experimentsBMC Bioinformatics.  6. 2005
    2005 HDBStat!: A platform-independent software suite for statistical analysis of high dimensional biology dataBMC Bioinformatics.  6. 2005
    2004 Towards sound epistemological foundations of statistical methods for high-dimensional biologyNature Genetics.  36:943-947. 2004


    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Coordinating Care for Special Populations: Facilitating Care Coordination and Care Transition for People with Mobility Limitations 2019
    2017 Publication bias in science: What is it, why is it problematic, and how can it be addressed?.  93-101. 2017
    2007 Microarray Analysis.  409-430. 2007
    2006 Epistemological Foundations of Statistical Methods for High-Dimensional Biology.  77-94. 2006
    2005 Epistemological foundations of statistical methods for high-dimensional biology.  57-75. 2005

    Research Overview

  • Health services and outcomes research especially related to cardiometabolic conditions (diabetes and obesity), disability, and rehabilitation.
    Pragmatic study design application and development
    Population health and practice transformation related initiatives
    Analytics for large datasets
  • Teaching Activities

  • AH727 - Applied Multivariate Statistic (Spring Term 2020)
  • AH727 - Applied Multivariate Statistic (Spring Term 2021)
  • AH790 - Independent Study and Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • AH790 - Independent Study and Research (Spring Term 2020)
  • AH798 - Non-Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • HIM665 - Hlth Data Analy for Perf Impro (Fall Term 2015)
  • HQS615 - Collab Anal/Qual&Safety Improv (Spring Term 2016)
  • HQS615 - Collab Anal/Qual&Safety Improv (Spring Term 2017)
  • HQS615 - Collab Analy/Qual&Safety Imprv (Spring Term 2018)
  • HQS615 - Collab Analy/Qual&Safety Imprv (Spring Term 2019)
  • HRP410 - Honors Project (Spring Term 2017)
  • HRP410 - Honors Research Project (Spring Term 2018)
  • RHB783 - Res Design/Measur in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2018)
  • RHB783 - Res Design/Measur in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2019)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2015)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2016)
  • RHB783 - Research Design in Rehab Sci (Fall Term 2017)
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2014)
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2017)
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2018)
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2019)
  • RHB784 - Res Design/Measure Rehab Sc II (Spring Term 2020)
  • RHB790 - Rehab Sci Research Project (Fall Term 2014)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2020)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019)
  • RHB798 - Non Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2020)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2020)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2021)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2021)
  • RHB799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2021)
  • Full Name

  • Tapan Mehta