Tara is a Pediatric Genetics Fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed a B.S. in Neurobiology and a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Washington, during which time she worked in a private clinic for children with autism. Following graduation, she worked as a research technician in the Department of Medical Genetics and the Infant Primate Research Laboratory at the University of Washington. She then completed an M.D./PhD. program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her Ph.D. (Toxicology) was completed under the supervision of Patricia Rodier, Ph.D. and focused on children who developed autism after exposure to Valproic Acid during early pregnancy. Tara then came to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to complete a combined residency in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics in 2008. She finished the clinical portion of her training, and will be completing the research phase of her fellowship at CAR. Her clinical and research interest is in identification and phenotyping of genetic subgroups of children with syndromic and nonsyndromic autism.