Tara Casebolt

CFE Graduate Student Fellow (2019-2020)
Gillings School of Global Public Health


Tara is a third year PhD student in the department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health with a minor in Population Studies. She holds a Masters of Public and Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St Louis. Tara always had an interest in women’s rights and reproductive health, and decided to pursue undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Women and Gender Studies at Ohio University. While there, she had the opportunity to participate in several study abroad programs focused on public health. These experienced were formative to her decision to pursue a public health degree.

After completing her MPH and MSW degrees, Tara spent a year working with the American India Foundation and Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance on a children’s health and sanitation project in Darjeeling, India. Following this experience, she spent two years as an ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow focused on HIV programming. She was based in the Ethiopia and Zambia CDC country offices. During her time in Zambia, she decided to apply for PhD programs focused on reproductive health. She returned to the US, working as a counselor for people living with HIV for a year before beginning her doctoral studies.

Tara’s research interests are in reproductive health access for people with disabilities in low and middle income countries. Her dissertation will focus on sexuality education for people with physical, hearing, and visual impairments and access process for women with physical impairments in New Delhi, India. Her research in disability studies and personal experiences with disability and chronic illness have lead to an interest in accessible classroom environments and creation of a university culture better suited to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. She hopes through her work with the CFE, she will be able to learn more about the application of new technologies and teaching strategies to make the classroom more disability friendly. She will apply her education in this area to her own teaching and will endeavor to train others in these teaching methodologies.