Vibha Bhargava

Evaluation Specialist

140 Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Family Resource Management Ohio State University 2007
M.S. Consumer and Family Economics University of Missouri-Columbia 2002
M.S. Home Science Maharaja Sayajirao Universit of Baroda, India 1997
B.S. Home Science Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India 1995


My research focuses on understanding how various social, economic, and public policy factors influence health and health care decisions of individuals and families and ultimately their health and well-being across lifespan. Current research projects include several studies investigating the relationship between food insecurity and health outcomes in different age groups, investigation of the role of public assistance programs such as SNAP and Medicare in fulfilling health needs and improving overall well-being of individuals and families, analysis of effect of food insecurity on mental health status and expenditures of individuals and families, and a study of  the relationship between health literacy and health care decisions of older adult.

Journal Articles

Selected (2012-Present)

Stotz, S.A., Thompson, J.J., Bhargava, V., Scarrow, A., Capitano, K., Lee, J.S. (2019). A supplemental produce and eLearning nutrition education program for Georgians who utilize safety-net clinics for their healthcare: Experiences from participants. In press with Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Bhargava, V., Palmer, L., Chatterjee, S., & Stebbins, R. (2018). Supportive and mitigating factors associated with financial resiliency and distress. Financial Planning Review. In Press.

Pakstis, A., Kim, J., & Bhargava, V. (2018). Association between Social Support and Health of Aging Adults with Dementia. Ageing International, 43(4), 477-495.

Palmer, L. & Bhargava, V. (2018). Forms of Wealth Associated with Attaining Peer Group Net Worth Following Bankruptcy. Social Science Quarterly, 99(1), 97-117.

Bagwell Adams, B., Lee, J. S., Bhargava, V., Super, D. (2017). Offsetting the Effects of Medical Expenses on Low-Income Households’ Food Budgets: An Analysis of the Standard Medical Expense Deduction. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 359-366.

Bhargava, V. & Lee, J. S. (2017) Food Insecurity and Health care Utilization among Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 36(12), 1415-1432.

Bhargava, V. & Lee, J. S. (2016). Food Insecurity and Health care utilization among Older Adults in the United States. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 35(3), 177-192.

Palmer, L., Bhargava, V., Stebbins, R., & Chatterjee, S. (2016). Net Worth Parity Post-Bankruptcy: Policy Considerations for Investments in Human Capital. Business and Bankruptcy Law Journal, 3, 125-148.

Sattler, E. L., & Bhargava, V. (2015). Food Insecurity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in U.S. Adolescents. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 6 (2), Article 12. Available at

Sattler, E. L. P., Lee, J. S., Bhargava, V. (2014). Food insecurity and medication adherence in low-income older Medicare beneficiaries with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33(4):401-417.

Bhargava, V., Hong, G. S. & Montalto, C. P. (2012). Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Conventional Health care: Complements or Substitutes. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(13), 276-287.

Bhargava, V., Lee, J. S., Jain, R., Johnson, M. A. & Brown, A. (2012). Food Insecurity Is Negatively Associated with Home Health and Out-of-Pocket Expenditures in Older Adults. The Journal of Nutrition, 142(10), 1888-95.

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