UGA public health faculty tapped as editors for leading journals

Two faculty members in the UGA College of Public Health (CPH) were recently selected to be editors of leading public health journals.

Zhuo “Adam” Chen was named as Associate Editor of Health Equity, a leading peer-reviewed open access journal that meets the urgent need for authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations. The journal receives support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Chen is an associate professor in the department of health policy & management. His research uses analytical methods to analyze health care systems and social determinants of health and health disparities.

Janani R. Thapa was named as Associate Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), a leading scientific periodical for research promoting healthy behaviors and communities domestically and internationally.

An associate professor of health policy & management, Thapa’s research focuses on childhood obesity, behavioral economics and policy/program evaluation. According to AJHP’s editor-in-chief Paul Terry, “Dr. Thapa brings unique skills in health economics and obesity policy alongside deep expertise in the factors that contribute to sedentary behavior and increase physical activity among adults.”

Both Chen and Thapa have leadership roles within the College of Public Health. Chen co-chairs the Health Disparities Research Working Group and serves as program coordinator for the College’s doctor of public health program. Thapa serves as the College’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and she leads the Economic Evaluation Research Group as well as directs the obesity and weight management certificate program.

– Lauren Baggett

Posted on October 28, 2021.