Positive Psychology in practice
Teaching science-based ways to increase well-being and maximize personal and professional success.
|Dr. Tara completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC under the mentorship of Dr. David Jobes. She continued masters and doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Pressman, where her research has focused on understanding psychological and physiological resilience to minor and major stressors and how positive psychological factors may help.
|Dr. Tara began her research career in 2005 working in collaboration with mentors at the Catholic University of America, the American Association of Suicidology, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC to examine the lives of suicidal individuals and their families. Her work with this population left her devoted to examining what makes life worth living and dedicated to researching and teaching Positive Psychology.
|Dr. Tara has taught multiple courses in psychology at the University of Kansas and has presented her research related to how positive psychological factors contribute to health and well-being inside and outside of the workplace both nationally and internationally, and her work on positive facial expression (smiling) and the cardiovascular stress response has been widely cited in the media, including Sirius XM’s “Doctor Radio,” ABC News Radio, Fox News, Psychology Today, New York Daily News, and several popular magazines.
|Dr. Tara currently works in clinical practice at CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck, ND is passionate about teaching others about science-based ways to increase well-being at the individual and organizational level in order to maximize personal and professional success.