Yale University

Tamara Taggart, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Tamara Taggart is a postdoctoral research fellow in CIRA's NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program. She received her AB from Dartmouth College, MPH from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health (Health Behavior). Dr. Taggart's research examines the mechanisms by which neighborhood factors, social networks, and psychosocial factors (e.g., race-related stress, masculinity, and religiosity) potentiate substance use and sexual risk-taking among racial/ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged adolescents and emerging adults. Her current work focuses on two areas: (1) Applying a community engaged framework to examine systems level factors associated with PrEP uptake among Black and Latino adolescents; and (2) Utilizing activity spaces assessments and biobehavioral models of stress to examine the mechanisms connecting racially discriminatory neighborhood contexts and problematic substance use among Black emerging adult males.

Dr. Taggart is a 2016-2018 NIDA-funded HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program Scholar through the University of California, Los Angeles, and a recipient of a 2017 CIRA Pilot Project in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research pilot grant. She has been awarded the UNC STD/HIV predoctoral fellowship (NIAID), CDC James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Disease Fellowship, and the UNC Future Faculty Fellowship.