June Researcher: Dr. Tara Mehta

Dr. Mehta


Community Research Summary:

Sustaining Mental Health Services in Community Settings

Tara Mehta, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Institute for Juvenile Research
University of Illinois at Chicago

Email: tmehta@psych.uic.edu

Dr. Mehta is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received her M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.  Dr. Mehta has worked closely with the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District for the past decade examining new models of mental health services for children and families living in urban communities of concentrated poverty.  She is also a member of the DMH Illinois Evidenced Based Practice Initiative.  Her research focuses on alternative models of mental health services for underserved children and workforce development to enhance the capacity of community organizations to sustain accessible, effective mental health services for children and families.