The Department of Critical Care Medicine is excited to welcome Tara Wilson as the Project Manager to the Chair. Tara will be assisting Dr. Angus with managing all of his projects, including research, education, clinical, and publishing activities.
“This new role at CCM is an exciting undertaking for me,” Tara says. “I’m delighted that I will be able to call into play my experience in research, administration and management in this position.”
Since 1995, Tara has worked with various research departments at UPMC implementing clinical trials involving obesity, type 2 diabetes prevention in adults, type 2 diabetes prevention in children, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, traumatic grief, and depression in patients with end stage renal failure. Studies have taken place in clinical, community, and school-based multi-site settings. Tara has been involved in writing results from some of these projects.
Meeting participant recruitment and retention goals were particular areas of accomplishment for which Tara has been recognized and awarded. Her roles within these projects have ranged widely over the years from administrative support to project coordinator managing the efforts of a staff group. This wide range of roles has afforded her a broad understanding of what it takes to implement projects and obtain results.
In 2007, after several years of taking night classes, Tara completed an MPH from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in Behavioral and Community Health.
Tara jokes that she was born to be an artist, as she is often creating. She bakes and takes her art into work with chocolates. A small business venture for specialized party favors and event planning proved to be less than lucrative but is still something Tara enjoys. Wine tasting and travel are how she likes to spend her time. She currently resides in the Monroeville area and often visits Virginia where her two young nephews live. Despite their locale, she strives to make them Steeler fans!