Tara Powell


Office: 2040

(217) 300-0917


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Educational Background

Tara Powell received her B.A. from University of Iowa, MSW and MPH from Tulane University in New Orleans and her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin.

Teaching, Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Powell has taught social work practice and research methods courses and is interested in more specialized courses focusing on post-disaster recovery, trauma and international social work. She has had a long career in research and practice on post-disaster behavioral-health working as both a school social worker and researcher in disaster affected communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Powell has also led multiple research projects focused on post-trauma recovery and evidence-based interventions, obtained organizational funding for her research, and has co-authored a number of articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She also specializes in curriculum development and co-created a school-based psycho-educational program to help children develop positive coping strategies in response to trauma and stress after a disaster. The program, Journey of Hope, is now being implemented throughout the United States and internationally.


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