Health Policy & Management
Director, Economic Evaluation Research Group
Health Policy & Management
Health Policy & Management
Ph.D. Applied Economics (2014), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
M.P.A. International Development (2011), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.S. Agricultural Economics (2007), Tribhuvan University, Nepal
B.S. Agricultural Economics (2005), Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Research: childhood obesity, behavioral economics, policy evaluation
Teaching: obesity policy, health economics
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
American Society of Health Economists
HPAM 7050 Obesity Policy
HPAM 8600 Health Economics
Dr. Thapa’s specialty is in policy oriented research primarily field and community based research, program planning and evaluation, and application of behavioral economics in addressing childhood obesity and food behavior.
(* represent senior/corresponding author, student advisee italicized)
Rajbhandari-Thapa J., D. Zhang, H. Padilla, and S.R. Chung. Opioid-related hospitalizations, its association with comorbidities. Preventing Chronic Diseases (revise and resubmit)
Shi, L., D. Zhang, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, and N. Katapodis, D. Su, and Y. Li. Neighborhood Immigrant density and Population Health among Native-Born Americans. 2019. Preventive Medicine (revise and resubmit)
vanDellan, M., J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, and J. Sevilla. Does serving vegetables in partitioned portions promote vegetable consumption? 2019. Journal of Food Quality and Preferences
Thapa, K., P.M. Bhandari, D. Neupane, S. Bhochhibhoya, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, and R.P. Pathak. 2019. Physical activity and its correlates among higher secondary school students in an urban district of Nepal. BMC Public Health 19:886.
Katapodis N., D. Zhang, P. Giabbanelli, Y. Li, C. Lyford, and J. Rajbhandari-Thapa*. 2019. Modelling Food Access and Fruits and Vegetable Consumption in a Rural Community of Texas. Health Equity
Zhang, D., G. Wang, W. Zhu, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, J. Switzer, D. Hess, M. L. Smith, M. Ritchey, 2018. Expansion of Tele-stroke Services Improves Quality of Care Especially in Rural Areas: An Analysis of Medicare Fee-For-Service Claims Data from 2008 to 2015. Health Affairs
Rajbhandari-Thapa, J., K. Ingerson, and K. Lewis. 2018. Impact of Tray-less Dining Intervention on Food Choices of University Students. Archives of Public Health. 76:61
Wang S., J. Hua, D. Zhang, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, and Z. Cao. 2018. A Cohort Study Assessing the Sustainable Long-Term Effectiveness of a Childhood Obesity Intervention in China. International Journal of Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyy145
Pullekines, E. B., and J. Rajbhandari-Thapa*. 2018. Health Care Access by Weight Status in the State of Georgia. Journal of Georgia Public Health Association. (forthcoming)
Rajbhandari-Thapa, J. and C. Lyford. 2018. Nudges to Increase Fruits and Vegetables Consumption: Results from a Field Experiment. Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, Volume 42, Issue 1, Spring 2018.
Nguyen, T., J. Rajbhandari-Thapa*, D. Zhang, E. B. Pullekines. 2017. The Association Between Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Weight Status Among Adults in Georgia, Journal of Georgia Public Health Association, Volume 7, No. 1, 12-18.
Li, Y., D. Zhang, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, K. Madondo, S. Yi, E. Fisher, K. Griffin, B. Liu, PhD, Y. Wang, J. A. Pagán, 2017. Assessing the Role of Access and Price on the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables across New York City Using Agent-Based Modeling, Preventive Medicine. 106:73-78. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.10.014
Rajbhandari-Thapa, J., A. Bennett, F. Keong, W. Palmer, T. Hardy, J. A. Welsh. 2017. Impact of the Strong4Life School Nutrition Program on the Cafeteria Environment and on Manager and Staff Knowledge and Practice. Public Health Reports, 2017 Nov/Dec;132(2_suppl):48S-56S. doi: 10.1177/0033354917723332
Khan, A.S., J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, D. Zhang. 2017. Preventive Dental Checkups and its Association with Access to Usual Source of Care among Rural and Urban Adult Residents. Journal of Rural Health. Sep;33(4):419-426. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12271. Epub 2017 Sep 14.
Ghimire, R., S. Ferreira, G. Green, N. Poudyal, H.K. Cordell, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa. 2017. Green Space and Adult Obesity in the United States, Ecological Economics. Volume 136, June 2017, Pages 201-212. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.02.002
Rajbhandari-Thapa, J., C. Lyford, B. McCool, A. McCool, B.C. Pence, E. Belasco, 2016. Improving Cancer Risk Awareness including Obesity as a Risk Factor for Cancer from a Multi-Tiered Community-based Intervention in a Small US Community, Journal of Cancer Education. doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1060-z
Saswat, P., Ko Otani, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa*. 2016 Weight Status and Satisfaction with Healthcare Received in the U.S. and Georgia. Journal of Georgia Public Health Association, Volume 5, No. 3, Winter 2016, 287-293.
Rajbhandari-Thapa, J., and C. Lyford. 2014. Behavioral Economics in the Lunchroom: Can it Affect Food Supplier Decisions? A Systematic Review. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 17, Special issue A, 187-208
Barent N. M., C. Lyford, N. Hensarling, A. McCool, B.C. Pence, J. Rajbhandari-Thapa, E. Belasco, T. Carter. 2013. Reducing Cancer Risk in Rural Communities through Community-Based Education. Journal of Cancer Education. 28:597-600.