Tara Nouveau, MPH, MEd

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Research Coordinator I
Tara.L.Vaughn@uth.tmc.edu

A queso connoisseur with a dog obsession, Tara was meant for Austin. Originally, however, she hails from Massachusetts where she grew up on Cape Cod and went to Boston University. While at BU, she studied Health Sciences and Public Health in addition to doing an internship at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in HIV/AIDS M&E. 

After undergrad, Tara joined Teach for America (TFA), which brought her to teach Physics and Chemistry at Sharpstown High School in Houston, TX. If you watched the PBS Frontline documentary Dropout Nation,filmed at Sharpstown High, you may recognize her from her 3-second appearance. During her time in the TFA corps, she was also an instructional coach and completed her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Fully planning to head back to Boston after finishing up her corps time, a friend from Yes Prep Public schools in Houston reached out to her about their health curriculum or lack thereof. Tara joined the charter district for underserved areas as a Health teacher and Health Course Leader, writing the district’s health curriculum from scratch.  Realizing that she wanted to take the curriculum to the next level after the first few interactions, Tara started her MPH in HPBS at our Houston campus. During her five years at Yes Prep, she had created a health curriculum and a team of health instructors that still execute that curriculum to the district’s 16,000+ students. 

Feeling like she had contributed as much as she could to Yes Prep, Tara and her then fiancé moved to Austin where they founded a resume writing business. After getting married, they realized that a virtual business allowed them the ability to live/be anywhere so they made a temporary move to Spain where they also hopped around a bit to Portugal and Morocco. After a year of wondrous travel, they're excited to be back in Austin and reunited with their dog.

Now, Tara has joined us here to work on the Catch My Breath randomized control trial, hoping to utilize her curriculum expertise to refine the current curriculum, liaise with schools, and train teachers in effective health instruction. You can find her in Moody 1050-6 if you’d like to meet her in person or just look at pictures of her dog. In addition to e-cigarettes, Tara’s other public health interests are pornography, public transportation, breastfeeding, and adolescent sexual health. Outside of work, Tara likes to blog, practice Aerial Dance, and spend way too much time teaching her dog useless but adorable tricks.