Rita Popat, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Research and Policy and Co-Director of Stanford's CTSA/Spectrum training programs in medical research methods. She has a PhD in epidemiology and also holds masters degrees in biostatistics and physical therapy. She has taught research methodology and data analysis courses at Stanford for more than a decade and has received several Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Awards from the graduate program in epidemiology and Stanford Medical School.
Dr. Popat specializes in teaching and mentoring medical and allied health professionals. She has a strong interest in developing curricula and implementing new instruction models and recently developed a blended course in epidemiology and biostatistics for Stanford medical students. She is also interested in neurodegenerative diseases and studies the role of genetic and environmental factors in Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.