Tara Sklar

Faculty Director, Health Law & Policy Program
Associate Scholar; Distinguished Public Service Scholar

Professor Tara Sklar is the Faculty Director of the Health Law & Policy Program and a Distinguished Public Service Scholar at Arizona Law. She also holds appointments as Associate Director of Telehealth Law & Policy at the Arizona Telemedicine Program, College of Medicine-Tucson, and as a Senior Advisor with Innovations in Healthy Aging at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

She currently serves as a subject matter expert on telehealth law and policy with the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and with HHS Health Resources & Services Administration in the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.  She is also the Chair-Elect of the Executive Committee of the Aging & the Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Sklar’s teaching and research bridges the gap between healthcare and law, aligning where they fit together to mitigate health disparities and improve patient care for vulnerable populations. Her work examines legal, regulatory, and ethical issues that arise in adapting to a diverse aging population, with a particular focus on digital health equity.

Her scholarship has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, among others, and in books by Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, and the American Public Health Association Press. Her research and commentary are featured in numerous national media outlets, including Axios, Bloomberg Law, FiveThirtyEight, NPR Science Friday, PBS, The Verge, along with opinion pieces in The Conversation and Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health.

At Arizona Law, Professor Sklar launched and directs a portfolio of over 35 online Health Law & Policy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and four certificates. She developed this curriculum in collaboration with faculty across seven University of Arizona colleges and with industry leaders at global companies. She teaches courses on Telehealth Law & Policy, Aging and the Law, and guest lectures throughout the health law curriculum.

Prior to her current role, Professor Sklar was the Founding Faculty Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne where she established the first online Master of Aging degree by bridging nine colleges and creating an international Industry Network in Aging. She has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Professor Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic gifts from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, private donors, and funding awards at the University of Melbourne and the University of Arizona.

Representative Publications

Digitally Enabled Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services, in Digital Health Care Outside of Traditional Clinical Settings, I. Glenn Cohen, Daniel B Kramer, Julia Adler-Milstein, & Carmel Shachar, eds., Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2024) (with Kathryn Huber).

Immigrant Workers’ Voices as Catalysts for Reform in the Long-Term Care Industry, 55 Ariz. St. L. J. 3 (forthcoming 2023) (with Shefali Milczarek-Desai).

Addressing State-Based Barriers to Decentralized Clinical Trials, 7 J. of Clinical & Translational Sci. 162 (2023) (with Stephanie Zawada, Kevin Ruff, & Bart Demaerschalk).

The Research Exemption Carve Out: Understanding Research Participants Rights Under GDPR and U.S. Data Privacy Laws, 60 Jurimetrics 1 (2020) (with Mabel Crescioni).

Preparing to Age in Place: The Role of Medicaid Waivers in Elder Abuse Prevention, 28 Annals Health L. & Life Sci. 2 (2019) (with Rachel Zuraw).

Affordability Boards: The States’ New Fix for Drug Pricing, 381 New Engl. J. Med. 1301 (2019) (with Christopher Robertson).

Elderly Gun Ownership and the Wave of State Red Flag Laws: An Unintended Consequence That Could Help Many, 27 Elder L.J. 1 (2019).

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers


  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center
  • M.P.H. University of Texas Health Sciences Center
  • B.A. Tulane University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
    James E Rogers College of Law
    2018 - 2019
  • Fellow in Law and Public Health Group
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2016 - 2018
  • Director of Aging Programs
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2013 - 2016
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Management and Policy
    School of Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
    2011 - 2013
  • Director of Access and Community Health
    Carondelet Health Network
    2008 - 2010
Elder Law
Health Law
Privacy & Information Law
Technology Law