Janani Rajbhandari-Thapa

Health Policy & Management
Assistant Professor
Director, Economic Evaluation Research Group

Health Policy & Management

  • Education

    PhD, Applied Economics, Texas Tech University, 2014

    MPA, International Development, Cornell University, 2011

    MS, Agricultural Economics, Tribhuvan University, 2007

  • Areas of Expertise

    Research: childhood obesity, behavioral economics, policy evaluation

    Teaching: obesity policy, health economics

    applied economics

  • Affiliations

    Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

    American Society of Health Economists

  • Course Instruction

    HPAM 7050 Obesity Policy

    HPAM 8600 Health Economics

  • Research Interests

    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.

  • Selected Publications

    Thapa, J. R., Impact of the Strong4Life School Nutrition Program on the Cafeteria Environment and on Manager and Staff Knowledge and Practice, Public Health Reports (in press)

    Thapa, J. R., 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 (in press)

    Saswat, P., Ko Otani, J. R. 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.

    Thapa, J. R. 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.R. Thapa, E. Belasco, T. Carter. 2013. Reducing Cancer Risk in Rural Communities through Community-Based Education. Journal of Cancer Education. 28:597-600.