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University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
Institute for Juvenile Research
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, (M/C 747)
Chicago, IL 60608

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Tara G. Mehta, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

 

Tara G. Mehta received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology in 2005 from the University of Denver and an M.S. in Development Psychology in 1995 from the Pennsylvania State University at College Park, PA.  Dr. Mehta was a National Institute of Drug Abuse Post-doctoral Fellow in Prevention Research from 2006-2009, before accepting a faculty position at IJR. 

Her research includes the development of effective and efficient systems to support the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices in community-based mental health service settings and examining accessible, effective, and sustainable,community-based models of mental health service delivery for children and families living in urban poverty. Dr. Mehta is also interested in developing and examining culturally appropriate mental health services models for Asian American children and families. 

Dr. Mehta is a Co-Investigator, and Project Director, on an NIMH-funded Developing Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research Grant through which she assists on a study examining associations among teacher and student reports of climate, classroom practices, and student outcomes. She is also the Co-investigator of a 5-year, NIMH R01 grant entitled Mental Health Services and Predictors of Learning in Urban Schools. This grant examines a model for school-based mental health services for urban low income students in which community mental health providers work collaboratively with lead teachers and parent advocates in their use of evidence-based practices around classroom management, effective instruction, and family outreach. The underlying theme of Dr. Mehta’s work is to expand the role of mental health providers to support children and families in community settings and to support the use of evidence based practices with underserved communities.  

Interests:
The development of effective and efficient systems to support the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices in community-based mental health service settings; expand the role of mental health providers to support children and families in community settings; to support the use of evidence based practices with underserved communities; developing and examining culturally appropriate mental health services models for Asian American children and families.

Affiliations/Memberships:
American Psychological Association, Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)
American Psychological Association, Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action)
 
Projects:
Mental Health Services and Predictors of Learning in Urban Schools
The Links Center: Leading Innovations for Neighborhoods, Kids, and Schools, an NIMH Developing Center for Research on the Mental Health of Children in Poverty
Linking Schools and Parks toward Supporting Kids