Yale University

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

  • Assistant Professor, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health
  • Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Tamara Taggart was 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 conducts socioepidemiologic studies to examine the contextual (e.g., neighborhoods and social networks) and cultural (e.g., religiosity, racial identity, and masculinity) determinants of health, and then develop and implement interventions to reduce HIV risk and substance use 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 adolescents; and (2) Utilizing activity space assessments and biopsychosocial models of stress to examine the mechanisms connecting discriminatory neighborhood environments and HIV-related behaviors.

Dr. Taggart is a 2018 HPTN Domestic Scholar, 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.

Dr. Taggart is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and an Associate Research Scientist in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health.