Tara is a Research Project Manager at the PAIR Center, where she focuses on supporting the implementation of Dr. Halpern’s PCORI-funded study that compares various smoking cessation interventions to help patients quit smoking.
Prior to joining PAIR, Tara spent several years working in the oncology sphere in Washington, DC. Most recently, she worked as a project manager in provider education for the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), implementing large scale immuno-oncology education projects at community cancer centers across the country. Tara also worked for the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), a national patient advocacy organization, supporting newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and their loved ones in accessing treatment options, clinical trials, and psychosocial support, while making sure their voice was both heard and represented on Capitol Hill. During her time at LCA, Tara is proud to have contributed to the advocacy efforts surrounding the passage of major legislation for lung cancer screening coverage and an increase in federal research dollars for the disease.
Tara graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Science. Tara has been an active hospice volunteer for over 10 years, and she is passionate about improving quality-of-life for patients and their loved ones through real-world research. She lives in Rittenhouse, where she is actively trying to resurrect her Philly accent that was lost while living in DC. Tara enjoys international travel adventures, ballet barre classes and long walks with her pup, Sydney.