Tara Mehta

    Email Address: tmehta@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Psychiatry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: West Side Research Building, 313 Phone: 312-996-3910
    Webpage: http://www.psych.uic.edu/ijr/facultymember.asp?p=tmehta
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I collaborate with a team of Mental Health Services Researchers focused on examining models of mental health service delivery for underserved populations and the mechanisms by which evidence based services can be effectively implemented and supported. Specifically, my research is focuesd on two areas:

    (1) how to best support mental health staff provide high quality services to support children's mental health in community settings;
    (2) how mental health providers can be integrated into natural settings to suport healthy development where children spend their time, such as school and after-school settings.

    My work is focused in community mental health centers and school and after-school settings. Current projects include interviewing school-based mental health providers to identify factors that facilitate and impede effective school based mental health services.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am interested in working with students who want to gain expereince with mental health services research. Students should be highly motivated, able to organize multiple tasks, and self-directed.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students can expect to work with a team of undergraduate students, graduate students, research assistants, and posdoctoral fellows. Undergraduate students participant in all aspects of mental health services research. This includes data collection, data entry and management. Our projects often have opportunities for field based experiences. Please contact me to inquire as to the opportunities on specific projects.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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